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HON 101: Exploring Special Collections: Women's Suffrage

This online exercise showcases archival collections from the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. It is designed for use in HON 101 courses, as a virtual introduction to primary source research and archival materials.

About the Materials

Laura Clay and group marching for the Madison, Fayette, and Franklin  Kentucky Equal Rights Association at the Democratic National Convention in  St. Louis," 1916 • What is a Vote Worth?


These materials come from the late nineteenth century, and they reflect the active women's suffrage movement in Kentucky. The earliest document is a letter to Laura Clay, who was a leader of the suffrage movement in Kentucky, and by extension the southern United States. As such, she corresponded with other suffrage leaders, including Susan B. Anthony. It also includes pamphlets and fliers related to the movement.


- Record relevant information about the materials you looked at as a group. Include details like people, places, names, events, activities, etc.

- What knowledge do these materials provide about identity, community, and population, as well as how they are constructed? What is one thing you can conclude about these communities from the materials?

- Do you think these materials are important? Why were they kept or preserved?

- Did you find anything unexpected or surprising in these documents? How did race play a part in the women's suffrage movement?


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Matthew Strandmark
110 M.I. King Library
UK Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506

Kentucky Women's Suffrage Materials