For those conducting research on women’s suffrage or for classes exploring the topic more broadly, the Spencer Research Library houses various primary source materials related to suffrage at the state, national, and even international levels. The majority of the Spencer’s suffrage-related materials are printed books and documents that can be found using KU Libraries’ online catalog. Available items include perspectives and campaign materials from both the national pro- and anti-suffrage movements, as well as materials that document the history of women's suffrage in Kansas.
Some noteworthy and interesting print sources are highlighted here:
The authors of this pamphlet offer arguments for their position in support of amendments to the Kansas state constitution that would approve voting rights for African Americans and women and would restrict voting rights to “loyal persons.”
The twenty-eight songs in this book express the women's rights perspective set to popular tunes of the time – for example "Three Blind Men" set to “Three Blind Mice.” Roby was a prominent medical doctor in Topeka, Kansas.
A long-time resident of Topeka, Monroe was a lawyer and journalist who contributed significantly to the women's suffrage movement in Kansas. The Gee-Gee’s Mother Goose contains verses, nursery rhymes, and illustrations supporting women’s suffrage.
This pamphlet presents reasons why women are opposed to giving women the right to vote and serves as an instructional manual for anti-suffragists to learn public speaking and debate.
This collection of poetry concerns suffrage and women's rights; many of the poems were first published in the New York Tribune.
Wilson explains the purpose of her work in the introductory note, writing that it “is for suffragists of experience, therefore, no less than for many who are facing or hoping soon to face state campaigns for the first time that this study outline has been prepared. Its scope, from Plato to the present, offers the breadth of view necessary not only for a good perspective but also for deep appreciation of the meaning of the subject.”
This journal published news about the progress of the women's suffrage movement around the world. It also reported on various other women's issues, including women leaders, women working in male-dominated fields, women's and children's health, marriage and divorce law, prostitution, women's education, maternity benefits, working conditions, and the age of consent.
Published from 1918 until 1932, The Woman Patriot was the bimonthly newspaper of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NAOWS).
These highlighted materials show only a small portion of the suffrage-related printed materials available at Spencer. To find and explore additional resources, please use the online catalog and consider these search tips: