About this Site
"Chatham & The Suffrage Movement: A Digital Exhibit by the Chatham University Archives" is an effort to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which banned any abridgement of voting fights on the basis of sex. With this digital exhibit, the University Archives highlights alumnae engagement in the suffrage movement and encourages exploration of the history of the suffrage movement in the region.
Research for this site was conducted by the staff of the Chatham University Archives: Molly Tighe, Archivist & Public Services Librarian, and Cecilia Figliuolo, Pitt Partners Archives Assistant. Sources consulted include archival resources available online from the Chatham University Archives including student newspapers, the Alumnae Recorder, course catalogs, alumni scrapbooks, and photograph collections. Archival newspapers from across the region, available through a variety of online forums, were used extensively in this research. Additionally, resources from the collections of the Missouri Historical Society; the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division; the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens; the Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site; and the Washington County Historical Society greatly enhanced research efforts.
Jocelyn Codner, Reference and Outreach Librarian, coordinated the selection of voting history resources from the JKM library circulating collections listed on the resource guide that accompanies this site and on display in the lobby of the JKM.
These resources complement "Rightfully, Hers: American Women and the Vote," a pop-up display on view in the JKM Library and made available through the generous support of the National Archives in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Patrons are encouraged to explore the exhibit online at this site (click here).
Research presented on this site does not encompass the entirety of the history of the suffrage movement as it relates to Chatham University. Patrons interested in exploring this history further are encouraged to contact the Chatham University Archives for assistance in their research efforts.