The Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association records includes minutes, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and other material related to the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association and the Rhode Island Woman's Suffrage Association.
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1. History of RIWSA - 1893- Written by Rev. Anna Garlin Spencer and published in Providence by E.L. Freeman & Son. Covers period of 1863 to 1893. Included is note on the location of Roger Williams Hall (100 Weybosset Street). - 2 copies <br /> 2. History of RIWSA - c. 1908- Supplement to history by Spenser. Covers period 1893 to December 11, 1908 (fortieth anniversary celebration of RIESA) <br /> 3. Constitution of RIWSA - 1892 and RIESA (Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association) 1915. <br /> 4. Copy of address of Elizabeth Buffum Chace - 1893- Entitled "Rhode Island Women" (office copy) <br /> 5. Newspaper Clippings <br /> Obituary of E.B. Chace <br /> Reelection of Elizabeth Upham Yates as President of RIWSA (October 10, 1913) <br /> The Woman's Journal - Friday May 11, 1889 ( a weekly newspaper devoted to the interests of women) - this sample included a transcript of E.B. Chace on the subject of "Anti-Slavery Women" in Providence R.I. <br /> Announcement of a speech to be given by Connecticut suffragist Mrs. Valerie H. Parker <br /> 6. Membership Lists - 3x5 index cards and includes list of members who died in the years 1908 & 1909. <br /> 7. Membership Ticket - (2) [c. 1919-1920] - Headquarters noted as 235 Butler Exchange, Providence <br /> 8. "The Women Citizen" (office copy) Vol 1. - IV Secretary's file February 1905- January 1908- Publication by RIWSA. Jeanette French - editor, <br /> Outlines the status of legislation and bills. Lists membership calendar of related activities and events <br /> 9-10. Copies of Petitions  Relating to ratification of a Federal Suffrage Amendment. They list men and women's names from the various cities and towns of Rhode Island. Petitions are addressed to Sen. LeBaron Bradford Colt, Sen. Peter G. Gerry, Rep. George F O'Shaunnessy, Rep. Walter R. Stiness, Rep. Ambrose Kennedy. <br /> 11. H-849 Substitute A - "An Act Extending The Right To Vote To Women Citizens" January Session A.D. 1920. <br /> 12. Report of the Legislative Committee - 1919-1920 - Includes one typed copy and one written copy submitted by Annie H. Barus (vice-chairman). This item cites the need to organize Rhode Island as a ratifying state for the Federal Suffrage Amendment (noted as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) and prior activities towards education and mobilization efforts. <br /> 13.Report of the President - 1920 Mary B. Anthony - RIESA 3 pp (signed) <br /> 14. Calendar of the President, May 25, 1918 to June 4, 1919 - 5x8 index cards. <br /> 15. Obituary of Jeanette French (d. 1918), 1930 Includes letter from the editor of the Pawtucket Times dated March 3. 1930 to Elizabeth Upham Yates. <br /> 16.Administration <br /> Account balance and closing of the books - April 30, 1930 <br /> Mobilization notice for the passage of the Presidential Suffrage Bill (S-89) through the House <br /> Letter from Frederick A. Hinckley on Elizabeth Buffum Chace dated January 20, 1900. <br /> Petition to 65th Congress to ratify a federal suffrage amendment. <br /> Donation letter to librarian of the State Library on RIESA letterhead dated May 17, 1920 <br /> 17. Early Records - December 11, 1868 - November 24, 1871 <br /> 18. Scrapbook - 1887 - contains clippings <br /> 19.Journal/Reports of Meetings - 1888-1892 <br /> 20.Report of Meetings - May 17, 1899 - February 20, 1908 <br /> 21. Record of Meetings - September 10, 1908 - February 11, 1915. <br /> 22. Records (March 11, 1915) and Annual Meeting (June 10, 1915) <br /> 23. Annual Reports - 1903-1905 - contains handwritten list of executive committee <br /> 24. Journal - Rhode Island College Suffrage League - December 11, 1907. <br /> 25. Meeting Minutes - March to May 1908 <br /> 26. Executive Committee Records of Meetings - October 1908-June 20, 1912 <br /> 27. Executive Committee Records of Meetings - September 20, 1912 - June 10, 1915. <br /> 28. Executive Committee Records of Meetings - June 10, 1915 - November 21, 1916 <br /> 29. Executive Committee Records of Meetings - November 28, 1916 - May 13, 1919 <br /> 30. Notice of Meeting - October 31, 1917. <br />