COLLECTION GUIDES

Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women Records

FIND Keywords

1894-1920

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women records are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of records of the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women, including Executive, Education and Organization Committee minutes; secretary's and annual meeting reports; miscellaneous correspondence; lectures; and printed material. Also included are an institutional history, legislative history of suffrage movement, and other papers relating to the activities of the founders.

Historical Sketch

The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women was founded in May 1895 by Mrs. J. Eliot Cabot, Mrs. C. E. Guild, Mrs. Henry O. Houghton, Elizabeth Johnson, Cornelia Baylis Lowell, Kate Gannett Wells, and Margaret Green Whitney. Prior to the formation of the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women, the organized women's opposition to the suffrage movement in Massachusetts consisted of an anti-suffrage committee formed in 1882. Its primary function was to obtain signatures for "remonstrances" against "the imposition of any further political duties upon women." These "remonstrances" were circulated to offset the petitions of the suffragists.

In 1890, The Remonstrance, the official organ of the anti-suffrage movement in Massachusetts, was first published by the anti-suffrage committee. It appeared annually until 1908, when it was issued quarterly. In 1914, its title was lengthened to The Remonstrance Against Woman Suffrage.

The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women eventually changed its name to the Women's Anti-Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. By 1915, the association had nearly 37,000 members and was headquartered in the Kensington Building, Boylston Street, Boston. The activities of the members (as summarized by the president) were to: 1) furnish material to the press; 2) publish leaflets and pamphlets; and 3) work with the Men's Anti-Suffrage Committee in organizing rallies, furnishing speakers, maintaining anti-suffrage shops in Boston and other cities, and carrying on publicity work.

Collection Description

This collection consists of administrative records, minutes of various committee meetings, lectures and reports, correspondence, material concerning the organization's history and the legislative history of the suffrage movement, and a small number of miscellaneous printed items. There are also transcripts of lectures by Talcott Williams, Felix Adler, and Emmeline G. Pankhurst. There is also an English translation (in manuscript) of Frauenstimmrecht (Woman Suffrage) by Fr. Sigismund, Leipzig, Dieterichsche Verlagsbachhandlung, T. Weischer, 1912.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift from the estate of Mrs. Randolph Frothingham, May 1946.

Restrictions on Access

The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women records are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Volumes, 1899-1913

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Reports of the Executive Committee, 1899-1903 (Vol. 1)
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Loose items removed from Reports of the Executive Committee, 1899-1903
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Reports of the Executive Committee, 1903-1908 (Vol. 2)
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Reports of the Executive Committee, 27 Mar. 1908-10 Feb. 1911 (Vol. 3)
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Loose items removed from Reports of the Executive Committee, 27 Mar. 1908-10 Feb. 1911
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Reports of the Executive Committee, 1911-1913 (Vol. 4)
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Loose items removed from Reports of the Executive Committee, 1911-1913
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Reports of the Education Committee, 1899-1908
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Journal of the Organization Committee, 1900-1909
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Secretary's Book, 1901-[1910]
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Loose items removed from Secretary's Book, 1901-[1910]
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Journal of the Mass. Anti-Suffrage Association, 1902-1904
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Loose items removed from Journal of the Mass. Anti-Suffrage Association, 1902-1904
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Woman Suffrage by Prof. Dr. Fr. Sigismund (139 pages in manuscript)
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Loose items removed from Woman Suffrage by Prof. Dr. Fr. Sigismund

II. Loose papers, 1894-1920

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Histories of the organization, 1906-ca. 1919

Legislative history of the suffrage movement, 1896-1917

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Timeline of legislation by state, transcripts, reports, notes, etc., 1896-1915
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Address to the Legislative Committee, transcripts of hearings, 1901-1905
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Letters to committees of the Mass. Legislature, transcripts of hearings, etc., 1904-1914
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Transcript of hearing on Resolution 130 before the Committee on Suffrage, 1917

Executive Committee meeting minutes, 1901-1920

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1901
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1902
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1912-1913
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Jan.-17 Apr. 1914
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22 Apr.-Dec. 1914
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Jan.-May 1915
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June-Dec. 1915
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1916
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1917
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1918
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1919
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1920
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Education Committee meeting minutes, 1896-1899

Education and Organization Committee meeting minutes, 1909-1919

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1909-1910
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1911
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1912
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1913
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1914
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1915
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1916
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1917
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1918-1919
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Anti-suffrage committee materials, 1894
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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1895-1910
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Felix Adler lectures, 1897
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Preamble for meetings, 1897; lists of meetings, 1915
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Mrs. Pankhurst meeting, 1909 (transcript of lecture)
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Talcott Williams address, 1911
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Press work, 1911-1914
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Votes by district, 1915
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Organizer's reports, 1918-1919

Printed material, 1895-1915

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By-laws, 1895-1910
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Lists of members, 1905-1915
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Broadsides, petitions, notices, etc., 1895-1910

Preferred Citation

Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Cabot, J. Eliot, Mrs.
Guild, Mary L.
Houghton, Helen.
Johnson, Elizabeth.
Lowell, Cornelia Baylis.
Wells, Kate Gannett, 1838-1911.
Whitney, Margaret Green.
Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928.
Sigismund, Fr.
Williams, Talcott, 1849-1928.

Organizations:

Women's Anti-Suffrage Association of Massachusetts.

Subjects:

Women--Suffrage.
Women's rights.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1865-1950.