Collection consists of correspondence, reports, press releases, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed matter concerning passage of the federal suffrage movement, the international suffrage movement and World War I activities. Correspondence includes letters from congressmen, state governors, officials of state suffrage organizations, and officials of various public and private organizations in foreign countries. Topics covered are women's suffrage, the social and political status of women, women's war work, and conditions in military field hospitals in France. Also, press releases of NAWSA and the New York State Woman Suffrage Party, clippings, and scrapbooks containing photographs, letters and printed ephemera.
Biographical/historical: The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was formed in 1890 with the merger of the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA fought for complete political equality for women and led the struggle for passage of the nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Presidents of NAWSA included Elizabeth Cady Stanton from 1890 to 1892, Susan B. Anthony from 1892 to 1900, Carrie Chapman Catt from 1900 to 1904 and then again from 1915 to 1947, and Anna Howard Shaw from 1904 to 1915. The organization was disbanded in 1950.