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Indiana Woman's Suffrage Association collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1641

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two copies, one a typscript and the other a carbon copy, of the meeting minutes of the annual conventions of the Indiana Woman's Rights Association and later the Indiana Woman's Suffrage Association ranging from 1851 to 1881. The collection includes undated copies of a later version of the organization's constitution and a list of members.


  • 1851-1881

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The founding of the Indiana Woman's Suffrage Association can be traced back to the state's first Woman's Rights Convention organized by the Congregational Friends and held October 14-15, 1851 in Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana. At a second convention held the following October in Richmond, Indiana, a preamble and constitution was presented and adopted to form the Indiana Woman’s Rights Association. The organization supported, abolition, temperance, and suffrage for all and both women and men were members. Annual meetings continued until the outbreak of the Civil War and then resumed in 1869 and at which time a resolution was adopted to amend the constitution to read “The name of this Association shall be the Indiana Woman’s Suffrage Convention.” Thereafter the organization was referred to as the Indiana Woman’s Suffrage Association.


Information found within collection.

Indiana Historical Bureau. "Indiana's First Woman's Rights Convention." State Historical Markers. Accessed March 12, 2020.

"Women's Rights Convention." Indiana True Democrat (Centerville, Ind.), Spetember 25, 1851.

"Woman Suffrage Not New in Indiana." Logansport Reporter (Ind.), August 22, 1911.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/03/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/03/12 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana Woman's Suffrage Association collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.