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Guide to the Harriot Stanton Blatch Papers, 1807-1936 (bulk 1908-1920)

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Blatch, Harriot Stanton, 1856-1940
Title: Harriot Stanton Blatch Papers,
Inclusive dates: 1807-1936
Bulk dates: 1908-1920
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, ephemera, speeches, manuscripts and research materials relating to Blatch's involvment in the suffrage movement.

Biographical Note

Harriot Stanton Blatch was born Harriot Eaton Stanton on January 20, 1856 in Seneca Falls, New York. Her father, Henry Brewster Stanton was a lawyer, New York state senator, and abolitionist. Her mother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was a leader in the women's rights movement. Harriot graduated from Vassar College in 1878. She met William Henry Blatch, an English businessman, in 1881. They married in 1882 and lived in England until 1902, when she and her family moved to the United States.

Blatch was active in women's groups and social reform organizations in England, and is credited with revitalizing the American woman suffrage movement upon her return to New York. She established the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women, later renamed the Women's Political Union (WPU). The WPU stressed the involvement of working women in the suffrage movement and connected women's rights with trade unionism. Under her leadership the WPU held many outside forums and organized the first of many suffrage parades in 1910. They also testified at legislative hearings, lobbied, and oversaw polling activities.

Harriot Stanton Blatch was also active in other peace and social justice movements and was a strong advocate for legislation regarding workers' and children's rights



1856 Born Harriot Eaton Stanton in Seneca Falls, New York
1878 Graduated from Vassar College
1882 Married William Henry Blatch
1894 Awarded M.A. from Vassar College
1902 Returned to the United States after living in England for 20 years
1907 Founded the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women
1910 The Equality League of Self-Supporting Women renamed the Women's Political Union
1918 Published Mobilizing Woman-Power
1920 Published A Woman's Point of View
1940 Died in Greenwich, Connecticut

Scope and Content Note

The Harriot Stanton Blatch collection consists of correspondence, clippings, reports, speeches, notes, and ephemera that document the suffrage movement. Much of the collection relates to the activities of Blatch and the Women’s Political Union (formerly the League of Self-Supporting Women) in New York State. These activities include lobbying, campaigning, organizing parades, and poll watching. The collection also contains some material pertaining to suffrage activities at the national level, specifically during the 1916 presidential campaign. A significant portion of correspondence contained in the collection is between Blatch and Caroline Lexow. This collection of materials was assembled and used by Blatch to prepare her books on women’s suffrage, and both hand-written and typed portions of her manuscripts are scattered throughout the collection.

Also included in the collection is material pertaining to Blatch’s later work on factory legislation, the minimum wage, and other labor issues.



This collection is arranged chronologically. The original order of the materials within the folders was not altered, however the folders were rearranged by date. The dates reflect materials about that time period, not necessarily materials created during that time. Dates in quotation marks were transcribed from the original folders.Top


This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.


Subject Headings


  • Babcock, Caroline L. (Caroline Lexow), b. 1882
  • Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958
  • Blatch, Harriot Stanton, 1856-1940
  • Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
  • De Forest, Nora Blatch
  • Pankhurst, E. Sylvia (Estelle Sylvia), 1882-1960
  • Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928
  • Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902


  • Equality League of Self-Supporting Women (New York, N.Y.)
  • Women's Political Union (New York, N.Y.)


  • Suffrage--New York (State)--Legislative history
  • Women--Suffrage--New York (State)--History
  • Women--Suffrage--United States--History--20th century

Document Types:

  • Diaries

VCL Categories

  • Politics
  • Women's History

Encoding Information

Encoded by Jennifer Palmentiero, March 2007


Preferred Citation

Harriot Stanton Blatch Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Palmentiero, 2006

Acquisition Information

On deposit from Coline Jenkins-Sahlin.


Container List

Folder 1.1 "Before 1907" — Includes account of time at Vassar
Folder 1.2 "1907-1908" — Includes Hoffman House lawsuit, League of Self-Supporting Women, New York legislative work
Folder 1.3 "1908" — Includes Women's Political Union
Folder 1.4 1908 — Text of speech "The Event We Celebrate, Nov. 12, 1908"
Folder 1.5 1908 — Text of speech about Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Folder 1.6 1908 — Text of speech presented on Oct. 16, 1908
Folder 1.7 1909 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.8 1909-1914 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.9 1910 — Includes first suffrage parade, campaign activities, and legislative activities
Folder 1.10 1910 — Includes National American Women's Suffrage Association, Equal Franchise Society, and Women's Political Union
Folder 1.11 1910 — Correspondence from Blatch to Caroline Lexow
Folder 1.12 "1912 Clippings" — Clippings dated 1910-1912
Folder 1.13 "1911 Pankhurst Parade, March in Albany, Legislature"
Folder 1.14 "1911 Clippings"
Folder 1.15 1911-1912 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.16 1911-1913 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.17 "1912" — Includes manuscript and related research materials
Folder 1.18 "1913" — Includes suffrage parade
Folder 1.19 1913 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.20 1913 — Caroline Lexow correspondence
Folder 1.21 1913 — Includes parade on Wall Street
Folder 1.22 "1913" — Manuscripts
Folder 1.23 1914 — Includes Republican Convention and Constitutional Convention
Folder 1.24 "1914" — Manuscripts
Folder 1.25 "1914 material" — Includes Caroline Lexow correspondence
Folder 1.26 1914 — Includes Caroline Lexow Correspondence
Folder 1.27 1914 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.28 1914 — Includes Caroline Lexow correspondence and reports
Folder 1.29 1914 — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.30 1915 — Includes text of speech
Folder 1.31 1915 — Manuscripts
Folder 1.32 "1916" — Federal election
Folder 1.33 1916 — Federal election
Folder 1.34 1916 — "Presidential Suffrage"
Folder 1.35 "1917" — Miscellaneous
Folder 1.36 1919 — Includes correspondence from Blatch to Nora Blatch De Forest
Folder 1.37 1923-1933 — "Protective Legislation" — factory legislation, minimum wage, Equal Rights Amendment, child labor
Folder 1.38 1929 — Correspondence from Blatch to Nora Blatch De Forest
Folder 1.39 1929-1936 — Includes materials about Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Folder 1.40 1933 — Includes National Council of Women
Folder 1.41 1933 — Rollins College memorial to Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Folder 1.42 1934 "Partial contents of first black letter box" — includes Equal Rights Amendment
Folder 2.1 1936 "Press Clippings"
Folder 2.2 1936 — Blatch's "80th Birthday Jan. 20, 1936"
Folder 2.3 1920s, 1930s — Miscellaneous
Folder 2.4 1920s, 1930s — Miscellaneous
Folder 2.5 1920s, 1930s — "After Suffrage"
Folder 2.6 1930s — "Miscellaneous"
Folder 2.7 1930s correspondence — Letters worth notice: Mary Beard, Adelaede Johnson, Carrie Chapman Catt
Folder 2.8 1930s — "Beard Correspondence"
Folder 2.9 "Partial contents of first black letter box" — Journals
Folder 2.10 "Demonstrations, Torch, Fairs, Van, Art Exhibit" — Manuscripts
Folder 2.11 "War, Mobilizing Women Power" — Includes research materials
Folder 2.12 "Blatch Notes" — Research materials
Folder 2.13 "Outlines" — Research materials
Folder 2.14 Clippings — Harriot Stanton Blatch denied U.S. citizenship
Folder 2.15 Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s death; women in Nazi Germany
Folder 2.16 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriot Stanton Blatch – Includes brochures, clippings, correspondence
Folder 2.17 "Book" — Includes "Katy did" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton 11 March 1893, Seneca Falls tablet, Woman's Journal 60th anniversary
Folder 2.18 Encyclopedia of Social Sciences entries for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Folder 2.19 Pamphlets — 1807-1911
Folder 2.20 "Rare Pamplets" — 1892-1908
Folder 2.21 "Partial contents of third letter box" — booklets and pamphlets 1891-1934
Folder 2.22 Miscellaneous — includes copy of "Communist Manifesto"
Folder 2.23 Miscellaneous — contents of "second black letter box"
Folder 2.24 "Suffrage Cartoons"
Folder 2.25 New York State legislative debates, 1910, 1912
Folder 2.26 New York State legislative debates, 1910-1914
Folder 2.27 New York State legislative resolutions, 1910-1915
Folder 2.28 Maps of New York senate districts
Folder 2.29 Miscellaneous correspondence — 1912-1918, 1930-1936, n.d.
Folders 2.30 - 2.33 Miscellaneous
Folder 2.34 Photograph of Susan B. Anthony

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