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Howard Sutherland, Senator, Women's Suffrage Papers

Collection Number: A&M 2503


A collection of 400 letters, cards, petitions, telegrams, printed, and other similar items received and sent by U.S. Senator and Representatives Howard Sutherland (1865-1950) of West Virginia. The papers are part of Sutherland's constituent mail and are all concerned with the question of women's suffrage. The period covered is 1914-1919, and correspondence regarding both the Bristow-Mondell House Resolution, considered in Jan. 1915, and the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, voted upon 5 June 1919, is included. About one-third of the collection is anti-suffrage in sentiment; the other two-thirds is made up of material from suffrage supporters. The collection is arranged chronologically, with carbon copy replies from Sutherland attached to the letters to which they reply. Among supporters of women's suffrage may be found the National American Women Suffrage Association, the National Woman's Party, the West Virginia Equal Suffrage League, the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage, various West Virginia chapters of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, individual professional women and housewives, the West Virginia chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Victory Union, the Women's Home Missionary Society of Wheeling, West Virginia, the Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission, Inc., various labor groups, including the West Virginia Federation of Labor, numerous professional and business men, the Woman's Republican Club of New York City, and various other non-West Virginia state women's suffrage organizations. Anti-suffrage correspondents include the American Constitutional League, numerous individual professional and business men, housewives, and various state and local associations opposed to women's suffrage. Especially important among the pro-suffrage correspondence are letters signed by Carrie Chapman Catt, Anna Howard Shaw, and Maud Wood Park of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. These letters are dated 25 Sept. 1918, and 17 Feb. and 13 June 1919. Further description of the collection, including excerpts from some letters, may be found in the inventory folder for the Howard Sutherland Papers.


  • Creation: 1914-1919


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4.2 Linear Feet (4 ft. 2 in. (10 document cases, 5 in. each))

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West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US