Texas Archives Month 2020 Poster
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100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, a Century of Progress
The passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 marked a significant milestone in the movement to secure voting rights for all Americans. The amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevented governments from denying citizens access to the ballot box based on sex. Women began not only voting but also holding elective office and taking more leadership roles in the public and private sectors. The work toward equal rights for women and minorities performed throughout the 20th century continues today.
On the centennial of the 19th Amendment, experience the struggle for women’s suffrage through Texas archives. Letters and speeches by suffragists and anti-suffragists, newspaper articles, campaign materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts tell the stories of the movement in context. Explore related exhibits and digital collections online and learn more about where to find the papers of the individuals and groups that defined the era at the links below.
Collections and Exhibitions Related to Women’s Suffrage: A Texas Sampler
- Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes
https://degolyer.omeka.net/exhibits/show/women2020/introduction (DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)
- To Vote
https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=8a1262763ed9459c9b78b26a65228b21 (Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, Austin)
- Houston Women Cast Their Ballots: Celebrating 100 Years of the Right to Vote
https://www.heritagesociety.org/exhibits (The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park)
- 100 Years of Progress
https://exhibits.lib.uh.edu/s/100-years/page/welcome (University of Houston Libraries)
- Sister Suffragists: A Celebration of the Suffrage Centennial
https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/sister-suffragists (Bullock Museum)
- "The Right to a Voice in the Affairs of Their Own Government": The Women's Suffrage Movement in El Paso (UTEP Library)
- Women’s Suffrage in Texas: The Fight for Voting Rights in the Lone Star State
http://www.dallashistory.org/suffrage-in-texas/ (Dallas Historical Society)
- Women’s Power, Women’s Vote
- Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas
https://www.humanitiestexas.org/exhibitions/list/by-title/citizens-last-woman-suffrage-movement-texas (Humanities Texas)
Search Texas Archival Repositories Online (TARO) for related collections
- Christia Adair Collection MSS.0017 An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School
- Belle Christie Crichtett Papers MS386
Repository: University of Texas at El Paso, C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections
- Jane Y. McCallum Papers An Inventory of the Collection
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
- League of Women Voters of Texas collection, Inclusive: 1948-1981, undated, Bulk: 1954-1973
Repository: Baylor University, The Texas Collection
- Ida M. Darden Collection: An Inventory of Her Papers at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
- Jessie Daniel Ames: An Inventory of the Jessie Daniel Ames Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1919-1928, 1936, 1939-1940, after 1944, 1965, undated
Repository: Texas State Archives
- Hermine Tobolowsky: An Inventory of Her Papers, 1932-1995 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Repository: Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
- Nikki Van Hightower Papers, 1967-1997
Repository: University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections
- A Guide to the Austin Women’s Suffrage Association Records, 1908-1915
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Center for American History
Women's Christian Temperance Union Scrapbook: A Guide
Repository: University of Texas Arlington Library, Special Collections
- A Guide to the Woman's Club of San Antonio Records, 1892-2016
Repository: University of Texas San Antonio
The 2020 Texas Archives Month Poster features the following images (clockwise):
- Mary Kate Hunter portrait, about 1880. Prints and Photographs collection, Image 1987/022. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Baylor student Jewel Ingram, Baylor Round-Up Vol. 14, page 3, 1915. Courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University.
- Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Prints and Photographs collection, Image 1996/036-1. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Sen. Barbara Jordan as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate, March 29 or 30, 1972. Current Events Photographic Documentation Program collection, Image 1972/155-12. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Rep. Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, Texas House of Representatives chamber, March 1972. Current Events Photographic Documentation Program collection, Image 1972/174-49. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- International Women’s Year press conference committee members, 1975. Unmarked images, Public relations committee files, Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee records, Box 1978/032-7. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Irma Rangel, February 1979. House of Representatives House Photography records, House Floor, Image 047, D3. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Secretary of State, Myra McDaniel, September 13, 1984. Current Events Photographic Documentation Program collection, Image 1985/051. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- “A Woman's Place is in the Dome,” photograph, undated. Virginia Whitten papers, Box 1998/140-2. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- Early group of women registrants at Austin, Texas, 1918. William Deming Hornaday photograph collection, Image 1975/70-5449. Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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