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M. Carey Thomas Papers - Carrie Chapman Catt Photograph Albums

Six albums of photographs collected and organized by Carrie Chapman Catt to create a pictorial history of the woman’s suffrage movement conclude the microfilm publication of the M. Carey Thomas Collection at Bryn Mawr College. The albums were a gift to the college from Mrs. Catt’s Estate following her death in 1947. They are microfilmed in their totality on Reel 217.

Bound in black leather covers, the albums measure approximately eleven by fifteen inches. The photographs themselves are varied and irregular in size, ranging from approximately two by three inches to roughly ten by fourteen inches. Although most of the photographs are remarkably well preserved, a very few have tears along the margin and some are slightly faded. Legends accompany all of the images: some appear in white ink on the black mounting paper and others in black ink printed directly on the photographs. The first two albums are devoted to themes in the history of suffrage; the last four follow a geographic organization.

Reel 217: Carrie Chapman Catt Albums

Six albums of photographs depicting the history of the suffrage movement, collected and preserved by Carrie Chapman Catt, are microfilmed on Reel 217.

Volume 1, entitled Publicity and Pagents, is comprised of photographs of parades, floats, marching units, street meetings, suffrage posters, and suffrage headquarters from throughout the United States. Subjects of series of photographs include "Your Girl and Mine," identified as a woman suffrage picture melodrama, the sale and distribution of the Woman's Journal; the Illinois suffrage campaign; and World War I soldiers' support for woman's suffrage.

Pioneers and Leaders, Volume 2, is made up of individual and group photographs of women leaders of the suffrage movement augumented with a small lot of photographs of male reformers. Roughly chronological in format, the album features National American Woman Suffrage Association officers, particularly Susan B. Anthony. Along with the portraits, there are informal photographs of ceremonies in Washington D.C. and several states celebrating the submission of the suffrage resolution to the states in 1919. The volume concludes with a picture of the final meeting of the Woman Suffrage Council in Washington on April 23, 1925.

The final four albums depict the history of the movement by states and internationally. Formal and informal photographs of suffrage leaders, in groups or singly, predominate. In addition, there is a lesser amount of photographs of parades and rallies, headquarters buildings and offices, ceremonies and celebrations.

Devoted to the individual state organizations, Volumes 3 (A-L) and 4 (M-W, except for New York), afford a pictorial record of the fervor and festivities of local campaigns and preserve a valuable collection of portraits of leaders and workers in the suffrage movement at the state and municipal level. Volume 5, which covers New York State and City, includes outstanding photographs of the great New York City suffrage parades. Volume 6, the final album, concerns the international history of the movement. Although most of the photographs are of European subjects, Africa, Asia, South America, and Canada are also represented. Of special note are numerous photographs of international woman's suffrage conferences.

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