A Rare Find

The majority of my blog posts have been female-centric, which is not the focus by any means! That being said, March is Women’s History Month and I have stumbled upon several interesting articles, movements, and discoveries related to women. The latest discovery happened in my hometown of Rochester, NY.  Growing up in a city where we took field trips to Susan B. Anthony’s house, I wasn’t aware of how important she was to women’s rights nationwide until I moved West.

Recently, a box full of correspondence between Ms. Anthony and others has been discovered! A professor and editor of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers Project, Ann D. Gordon, describes how rare this type of find is “[t]hat it’s being delivered all in one piece, with such a clear provenance, is remarkable.” Not just letters, the box also contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other items from the time period from 1869 to 1880.  Gordon is one of the few individuals that has been able to review the collection, one that highlights the grassroots suffragist effort. Not only is the content of the box fascinating, but the combination of events that led to it’s discovery is amazing.  Read the NY Times article for the entire story. The content of these rare materials is a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.

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