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Women's Suffrage in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Suffrage Banner, c.1920Suffrage Banner, c. 1920.

"A Voice from the Civil War, 1918," by Eugenia Berniaud Farmer.
Typed reminiscence of Mrs. Henry Clay Farmer's Civil War experiences with Confederate sympathizers in Missouri and her efforts on behalf of women's suffrage in Kentucky, Ohio, and Minnesota. The reminiscence was read at the 1918 Minnesota Women Suffrage Association convention.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P939). 

Barbara Stuhler Papers
Personal papers (1945-1998) documenting the professional career, research interests, publications, and organizational activities of a University of Minnesota continuing education dean and professor who was particularly interested in foreign policy and was particularly active in the League of Women Voters. The papers include information about Minnesota women suffragists and suffrage history, and the planning and design of the Woman's Suffrage Memorial Garden on the state capitol grounds.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Fanny Figelman Brin Papers
Correspondence, speeches, articles, reports, minutes, news releases, scrapbooks, printed materials, and related papers documenting Brin's involvement in social and political movements of the 1920s and 1930s.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid   

Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association Records.
The MWSA was founded in 1881 to coordinate statewide and local efforts to obtain universal equal suffrage for women. The collection contains correspondence, minutes and other record books, subject files, printed materials, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and miscellany, that provide information on the MWSA's organizational work at the state, district, and local levels; on public attitudes toward suffrage issues; on life in small-town Minnesota; on interstate cooperation among suffrage groups; on the role of various non-suffrage organizations in the movement; and on suffrage and related bills introduced into the Minnesota legislature. There is a history of woman suffrage in Minnesota, by Julia B. Nelson (ca. 1900); data on a convention of the Mississippi Valley Suffrage Association (1916); an extensive file of pro- and anti-suffrage literature; and information on peace, temperance, child welfare, women's rights, voter education, and other issues of interest to the suffragists.
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

League of Women Voters of Minnesota Records.
The League of Women Voters of Minnesota (LWVM) was organized in October 1919 in meetings called by the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. Clara Ueland served as its first president, and after a few months she was succeeded by Marguerite Wells. In the early years the League's objective was the political education of the newly enfranchised female voters. Soon, however, the groups broadened their scope to include voter education in general, study of legislation, determining individual legislators' positions on issues, and communication of that information to the local leagues. Among the many areas of interest were social welfare measures, natural resources, pure food and drug measures, disarmament, trade, foreign policy, civil service, the World Court, the United Nations, government organizations, education, public finance, control of atomic energy, and civil rights. Reflecting the growing interests in environmental and women's issues, the League extended its programs to include these areas, as well as encouraging further participation in the political process by disseminating information on precinct caucuses and political parties, preparing questionnaires and interviews of political candidates, and sponsoring candidate debates on the local and national levels.
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

Political Equality Club Records.
Minutes, yearbooks, correspondence, historical data, and related records of a Minneapolis women's suffrage organization. The club was organized as the Woman Suffrage Club of Minneapolis in 1868, was renamed the Political Equality Club of Minneapols in 1897, and was disbanded following the enactment of women's suffrage in 1920.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Minnesota Equal Franchise League Papers.
This archival collection (1911-1917) includes correspondence with the National American Woman Suffrage Association and with the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage regarding methods of influencing federal and state legislation on woman suffrage; copies of bills considered by the Minnesota legislature to grant suffrage to women, with information on United States congressmen from Minnesota and their views; and two "Traveling Kampaign Kits."
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2997).

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