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Women's Suffrage

Research Tips

To search for materials relating to suffrage in HOLLIS:

  • Start in Harvard's HOLLIS catalog with an advanced search.
  • Enter the term "suffrage" in the keyword search field.
  • Enter any further description of what you are seeking (e.g., name, place, subtopic, etc.) in the additional search fields.
  • You can choose to limit your search results to "Books," "Journals," "Archives/Manuscripts," etc. in the "Resource Type" field or leave it set at "Any Resource Type."
  • In the "Search Scope" field, select "Schlesinger" from the drop down menu.
  • Click the "Search" button.

Sample search results:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has brought together an openly accessible curated collection of materials relating to Black women and the fight for suffrage: Black Women's Suffrage Portal. From DPLA, "The collection explores both the roots of women’s activism in Black communities; the ongoing struggle to secure, protect, and use the right to vote, beyond the Suffrage Movement; and the intersections between voting rights and other civil rights."


The Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States is a freely accessible, searchable online database. The database contains crowd sourced biographical sketches of grassroots woman suffrage activists coordinated by Thomas Dublin and published by Alexander Street Press. Currently including ~2,600 biographical sketches of black women suffragists, supporters of the National Woman's Party, and activists affiliated with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, new biographies are added every 6 months. 

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