Collection Facts

Extent: 
55 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1848-1919
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

The resolution calling for woman suffrage had passed, after much debate, at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. In The Declaration of Sentiments, a document based upon the Declaration of Independence, the numerous demands of these early activists were conveyed. The 1848 convention had challenged America to social revolution that would touch every aspect of life. Early women’s rights leaders believed suffrage to be the most effective means to change an unjust system. By the late 1800s, nearly 50 years of progress afforded women advancement in property rights, employment and educational opportunities, divorce and child custody laws, and increased social freedoms. The early 1900s saw a successful push for the vote through a coalition of suffragists, temperance groups, reform-minded politicians, and women’s social-welfare organizations. Women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917, and in the rest of the country with the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.

Scope of Collection

This digital collection includes items related to women's suffrage in various formats, including advertisements, greeting cards, photographs, ephemera, maps, and articles, dated from 1848-1919. Most of these items were gathered together digitally for use in the online exhibit, "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State." The physical representations of these items are spread across many collections. The South Central Regional Library Council does not own any of the original items in this collection.