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Women's Suffrage in the U.S. Special Collections Resources

Guide to resources related to the American women's suffrage movement found in Smith College Special Collections. Written by Bella Yaguda '22, Digitization Student Assistant.

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Smith College Special Collections is a unit within Smith College Libraries. As a special collections library, it is home to materials outside the general library collection, including rare books, archives (historic records), manuscripts, maps, oral history interviews, and audiovisual material. These materials do not circulate outside of the library and are used onsite in the Reading Room. The Reading Room is open to all researchers working on a variety of projects including fiction books, art pieces, documentaries, family history, academic publications, and coursework. 

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A Note on Images in this LibGuide

Images used in this guide come from our collections. Their location in our collections is cited throughout the guide, and you can also click on the image to be taken directly to the finding aid for its archival object. 

Two buttons on a white background. The button on the left has a maroon outer edge with text reading VOTES FOR WOMEN. The inntercircle is beige and green. There's a woman blowing a horn, in armor with a sword, and holding the suffrage flag, standing in front of a setting sun. There's text beneath her reading WOMEN'S POLITICAL UNION. The second button has a green outer circle and a beige inner circle with text reading SUFFRAGE FIRST.Suffrage Buttons. Suffrage Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00447, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.