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Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) was an American reformer and advocate of woman's rights. She crusaded for temperance and the abolition of slavery, but is best known for her work in the national woman's suffrage movement, which culminated in the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution.

The collection contains correspondence and miscellaneous printed material dealing with Miss Anthony and the suffrage movement. The letters also deal with family and personal matters.

The collection contains a group of letters written by Susan B. Anthony (1876-1905). During this time Miss Anthony served as President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1892-1900), as well as assisting Ida Husted Harper in the preparation of the two volume work The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, published in 1898. Some of the letters in this collection are concerned with her career; these include an endorsement of Carrie Chapman Catt as her successor as President of the NAWSA, and many letters to Lydia Avery Coonley Ward, who provided much financial backing. Other letters are concerned with the work of the Harper biography. The vast majority, however, are of a personal nature, and focus on family affairs, instructions to her housekeeper, etc. Correspondents include Mary S. Anthony, Annie Osbourne Anthony, Hannah Dickinson Boyles, Fannie Rosenberg Bigelow, Anna Dann Mason, Evangeline O'Connor, Lydia Avery Coonley [Ward] and May Wright Sewall.

Also in the collection are letters written by others (1838-1945), which are related to Susan B. Anthony's life and work. Included are letters from Carrie Chapman Catt, Miss Anthony's father, her sisters, and other relatives.

The collection contains miscellaneous ephemera, including poems celebrating Susan B. Anthony's 85th birthday, a printed calendar illustrated with photographs of Anthony and her Rochester home accompanied by excerpts from her letters and speeches, and miscellaneous printed material related to Susan B. Anthony's life and her role in the suffrage movement.

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