Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931

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Ida A. Husted Harper, née Ida A. Husted, (born Feb. 18, 1851, Fairfield, Ind., U.S.—died March 14, 1931, Washington, D.C.), journalist and suffragist, remembered for her writings in the popular press for and about women and for her contributions to the documentation of the woman suffrage movement. Ida Husted married Thomas W. Harper, a lawyer, in 1871 and settled in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her husband became a prominent attorney and politician and an associate of socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, and she began writing for local newspapers, although not with his approval. For 12 years she contributed a column entitled “A Woman’s Opinions” to the Terre Haute Saturday Evening Mail, and from 1884 to 1893 she wrote a woman’s column for the Firemen’s Magazine (later the Locomotive Firemen’s Magazine), a union publication. In 1887 Harper helped organize a state woman suffrage society and became its secretary. She was divorced in February 1890. Following further newspaper work, she attended Stanford (California) University (1893–95). In 1896 she took charge of press relations for the campaign by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) for a state suffrage amendment in California. As a result of her work in that campaign she was asked by Susan B. Anthony to become her official biographer, and in 1897 she took up residence in Anthony’s home in Rochester, New York. The first two volumes of the Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony appeared in 1898; a third was published in 1908. She also collaborated with Anthony on the fourth volume of the History of Woman Suffrage (1902). Harper chaired the press committee of the International Council of Women in 1899–1902 and was a delegate to council conventions in London in 1899 and Berlin in 1904. During 1899–1903 she edited a woman’s column in the New York Sunday Sun, and from 1909 to 1913 she edited the woman’s page in Harper’s Bazaar. She was also a correspondent for newspapers in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. In 1916 Carrie Chapman Catt asked Harper to head the newly formed Leslie Bureau of Suffrage Education within the NAWSA. The steady stream of letters, articles, and pamphlets that issued from her office in Washington, D.C., played a large role in the successful campaign for passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. In 1922 she published the fifth and sixth volumes of the History of Woman Suffrage, bringing the coverage up to 1920.
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referencedIn Lutz, Alma,. Collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists: Part 1 (Ad-Lip), 1775-1943 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Lutz, Alma, 1890-1973. Collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists, 1775-1943 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906. Papers, 1815-1961 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Howe, Julia Ward, family. Papers, 1787-1984 (bulk 1787-1944) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Blackwell Family Papers, 1759-1960, (bulk 1845-1890) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Stantial, Edna Lamprey. Papers, 1836-1958 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association. National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1839-1961 (inclusive), 1890-1930 (bulk), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Johnson, Adelaide, 1859-1955. Papers of Adelaide Johnson, 1873-1947. Library of Congress
referencedIn McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945. Papers, 1877-1983 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871-. Series XII of the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, 1848-1950, (bulk 1890-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945. Papers, 1877-1983 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1908-1943 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. Papers, 1916-1921. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Cranston, Martha. Delaware woman suffrage movement papers, 1870-1944. Historical Society of Delaware
referencedIn Papers, 1849-1906 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. Papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1863-1961 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Martin, Anne, 1875-1951. Portraits of women suffragists from the Anne Henrietta Martin papers [graphic]. Bancroft Library
referencedIn Lindseth collection of American woman suffrage, [ca. 1820-1920]. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1908-1943 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871-1945. Papers, 1890-1933 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Loines, Mary Hillard, 1844-1944. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1886-1944 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Suffrage Collection MS 447., 1851-2009, 1880s-1920s Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926. Papers, ca. 1849-1963 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Lindseth, Jon A.,. Lindseth collection of American woman suffrage, [ca. 1820-1920]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950. Blackwell family papers, 1759-1960 (bulk 1845-1890). Library of Congress
creatorOf Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931. Ida Husted Harper papers, 1898-1926. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Adelaide Johnson Papers, 1873-1947 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Susan B. Anthony papers, 1849-1906 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Suffrage collection, 1851-2009 (Bulk: 1880s-1920s) Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931. Ida Husted Harper manuscript biography, undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Park, Alice, 1861-1961. Papers of Alice Park, 1798-1953 (bulk 1902-1920). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (bulk 1886-1954). Library of Congress
creatorOf Ida Husted Harper papers, 1898-1926 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871-1945. Papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt, 1848-1950 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Loines, Mary Hillard, 1844-1944. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1886-1944 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (inclusive), 1886-1954 (bulk) [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1839-1961, (bulk 1890-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. Carrie Chapman Catt papers, 1848-1950 (bulk 1890-1920). Library of Congress
referencedIn McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945. Papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon collection, 1869-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931. Papers of Ida Husted Harper, 1841-1919. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. Records, 1894-1923 Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926. Papers, ca. 1849-1963 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association. National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1839-1961 (inclusive), 1890-1930 (bulk), [microform]. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association. National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1839-1961 bulk (1890-1930). Library of Congress
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945. Papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1869-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Mary Church Terrell Papers, 1851-1962, (bulk 1886-1954) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. Papers, 1848-1950 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers of Anna Howard Shaw in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1863-1961 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association records, 1894-1923 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Solomons, Selina. Selina Solomons papers, [ca. 1867-1921] UC Berkeley Libraries
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associatedWith Anna Howard Shaw, 1847-1919 person
associatedWith Anthony, Lucy Elmina, 1861-1944 person
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associatedWith Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926. person
associatedWith Catharine Gouger (Waugh) McCulloch, 1862-1945 person
associatedWith Catharine Gouger (Waugh) McCullouch, 1862-1945 person
associatedWith Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. person
associatedWith Ella Jane (Seass) Stewart, 1871- person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918 person
associatedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. person
associatedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1838-1909. person
associatedWith Johnson, Adelaide, 1859-1955. person
associatedWith Jon A., Lindseth person
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associatedWith Martin, Anne, 1875-1951. person
associatedWith Mary (Hillard) Loines, 1844-1944 person
associatedWith Maud May (Wood) Park, 1871-1955 person
associatedWith McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, b. 1862. person
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associatedWith OLYMPIA BROWN, 1835-1926 person
associatedWith Park, Alice, 1861-1961. person
associatedWith Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. person
associatedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. person
associatedWith Solomons, Selina. person
associatedWith Stantial, Edna Lamprey. person
associatedWith Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902. person
associatedWith Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871- person
associatedWith SUSAN BROWNELL ANTHONY, 1820-1906 person
associatedWith Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Willard, Frances E. (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898. person
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Subject
Women--Suffrage--History--19th century--Sources
Women's rights
Feminists
Women--Suffrage--United States
Suffragists
Temperance
Journalism
Journalism--United States
Women--Suffrage--History--20th century--Sources
Women--Suffrage
Occupation
Journalists
Suffragists
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Birth 1851-02-18

Death 1931-03-14

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