Papers of Olympia Brown, ca.1849-1963

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Papers of Olympia Brown, ca.1849-1963

Papers of Olympia Brown, ca.1849-1963

1849-1963

This collection contains over 120 handwritten sermons and notes for sermons, handwritten school and college essays, other writings correspondence (mostly letters to Brown), speeches, church and convention programs, clippings, five issues of Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly, handbills, photographs and memorabilia. The papers provide information about Brown's family, her formal education and her outlook on religion, women in the ministry and woman's rights. There is considerable information about the woman's suffrage movement, particularly the Kansas campaign of 1867, the Federal Suffrage Association, and the trials of Brown and Susan B. Anthony. There is little information about Brown's ministerial career after she resigned from her Racine parish, and there are only nine letters written by her. Series I, Personal and Biographical, 1857-1963 (#1-13), is grouped in three sections: biographical, education and professional. Series II, Writings, 1849-1920, n.d. (#14-126), is arranged chronologically, with dated items followed by the undated items. The latter are divided into three sections: college writings, writings on woman's rights, and sermons. All items are handwritten unless otherwise noted. Series III, Correspondence, 1855-1920 (#127-142), is grouped in three sections: letters to Brown; letters by Brown; and other to other. Each section is arranged chronologically. See Index of correspondents. Series IV, Suffrage and Woman's Rights, 1855?-1921 (#143-158, 161+), is arranged by organization, event, or type of record and then chronologically. Woman's rights material is located throughout the collection; see also Series I, #6, 9, 10, 12 and 13; Series II, especially #25, 28-29, 32-36, 46-50; and Series III. This collection does not represent the total surviving Brown papers. Other collections are listed in Women's History Sources (New York and London, 1979).

2.09 linear feet ((5 boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio folder, 9 reels of microfilm)

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