Women's Studies : Women's rights and suffrage

Besides the archival collections listed below, the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room contains books and journals on suffrage and women's rights. Try searching the catalogue for the subjects "suffrage" and "women's rights". Use the facets to narrow your search to the Rare Book Room.

Title Summary
Alida Burrett was a Dutch-born Canadian women's rights and environmental activist. George Burrett is an environmental and peace activist, particularly interested in nuclear disarmament. Fonds contains materials relating to Alida's interests in women's rights and the environment, the couple's shared interest in nuclear disarmament, and George's work with the Waterloo Region Peace Network. Includes clippings, ephemera, financial records, meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.
Canadian Suffrage Association letters patent The fonds consists of two letters patents for the Canadian Suffrage Assocation. One is dated October 20, 1910 and incorporates Suffrage Headquarters Limited and the other dated April 12, 1912, incorporating the Canadian Suffrage Association.
Hunt, Alice Riggs
Alice Riggs Hunt was born in New York City in 1884. She was organizer, speaker and writer on suffrage campaigns in several states. She contributed to many newspapers, and was an accredited correspondent to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace for the New York Evening Post. Fonds consists of material relating to the life, career, activities and interests of Alice Riggs Hunt. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, clippings, diaries and memorabilia.
Murphy, Emily Ferguson fonds
Emily Ferguson Murphy was the first woman Magistrate in the British Empire. She inaugurated and brought to a successful issue the the movement that resulted in women's being declared "persons" under the British North America Act. She was the first President of the Federated Women's Institute of Canada, prime mover in the establishment of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Edmonton in 1910 and was the first woman member of the hospital board in the City of Edmonton. In 1911 she organized the Women's Canadian Club in Edmonton and was elected as their first President. Under the pseudonym "Janey Canuck" she was known as a writer all over Canada, the United States and abroad. In 1913 she was elected National President of the Canadian Women's Press Club. In 1915 she was decorated by His Majesty the King as Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

National American Woman Suffrage Association handbill

The fonds consists of one handbill from the National American Woman Suffrage Association on voting rights.
Rex, Kay fonds
Kathleen (Kay) A. Rex was a writer and reporter who worked for the Canadian Press, the CBC, and the Globe and Mail, among others. Upon retirement from the Globe and Mail, Rex became president of the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. At this time, she also began research on a history of the Canadian Women's Press Club of which she was a member. The fonds contains materials relating to the personal, family, and professional life of Kay Rex: correspondence, photographs, ephemera, artifacts, clippings, notes, etc.
Smith, Damaris Isabella fonds
Damaris Isabella McGee was born in 1831 in New Brunswick. She moved to Ontario when she was 18 and taught school. She married Sylvester Smith in 1853. She wrote "Pioneer Wife" which describes the condition of life in the early days of settlement in the area. The fonds consists of two scrapbooks. The first was compiled by Damaris Smith and contains clippings, engravings, stamps and seals, obituaries and biographies of prominent suffragists, literary, political and social women. The second, compiled by her daughter Gertrude, contains an article written by Damaris Smith entitled "Pioneer Wife". As well, it documents the history of the Smith family and contains photographs and a pencil sketch of the "Mountain Hall" homestead.
Smith, Mauritana fonds
Mauritana Smith was born August 9, 1856, and was the daughter of Damaris Isabella Smith and sister of Elizabeth Smith Shortt. She taught school in the Hamilton area and married Harvey A. Coon in 1887. The fonds consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Mauritana Smith containing material written by leading 19th century American writers and articles written by her mother, Damaris Isabella Smith.
Suffragette Post Cards
The collection consists of 13 postcards concerning suffragettes and women's rights. Included are photographs of Christobel Pankhurst with Mrs. Pethick Lawrence at a demonstration in Hyde Park, one of a suffragette in prison, a portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Mrs. Drummond protesting opposite the English House of Common. The remainder are cartoons.
Women's Suffrage Scrapbook
The fonds consists of one scrapbook including photographs, newspaper clippings and other items related to the women's suffrage movement. Also includes several newsletters of the Women's Social and Political Union, which was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst.