Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections





The Carrie Chapman Catt Papers

Part I: Description

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Collection Number: M  15

Copyright © 2000 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library

June 2000
Last Updated: December 18, 2013


Carrie Chapman Catt
C. C. Catt Albums, Bryn Mawr College Library, Special Collection



Total Boxes: 5
Linear Feet: 3.0

Administrative Information


Gift of the estate of Carrie Chapman Catt, 1947.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Carrie Chapman Catt Albums, part of the Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, are the physical property of Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

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Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.





Carrie Lane Chapman Catt was an internationally recognized suffragist, feminist and political activist. She was born in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1859 and graduated from Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm (now Iowa State University) in 1880. Catt then worked as a law clerk, school teacher, principal, school superintendent, and reporter. In 1887 she joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association and served as state organizer from 1890-1892. Her skills as a speechwriter and organizer brought her national attention and in 1900 Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She remained in this position until 1904.

Catt founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in 1902 and served as its president for many years. She is credited with revitalizing NAWSA during her second tenure as President (1915-1920). She formed the League of Women Voters in 1920 and was its honorary president until her death in 1947. In 1925 Catt founded the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War. During the 1930s and 1940s Catt was active in working against the Nazis, particularly their persecution of Jews. Although a champion of world peace, Catt was a vocal supporter of the Allied Forces during World War II. She died in New Rochelle, New York in 1947.



The Carrie Chapman Catt Papers focus on the history of the women's suffrage movement, with material pertaining both directly to her and to the movement as a whole. There is a wide range of material in the collection, including correspondence & memorabilia, cartoons, and photographs.

Correspondence contains C. C. Catt's personal correspondence and some official correspondence of women's suffrage groups. Additionally, the collection contains both Print and Manuscript memorabilia from a variety of women's suffrage conventions and lectures. This section also includes suffrage Ephemera: commerative plaques and C. C. Catt's personal newspaper-clipping scrapbooks.

Cartoons contains approximately sixty editorial cartoons pertaining to suffrage which appeared in newspapers around the country from ca. 1912 to ca.1920.

Photograph Albums of the C. C. Catt Collection consist of her personal albums, from ca. 1840 to ca. 1940. The albums contain approximately 815 photographs related to the women's suffrage movement, including portraits and records of parades and other demonstrations and events.



Processing and description by Barbara Ward Grubb, Marianne Hansen, Sarah Sheplock, Lucy Fisher West.


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