Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association papers

Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association papers

Dates: approximately 1892-1895

Handwritten documents of the papers of the Woman's Suffrage Association which met in Beaver, Utah. Items include minutes, newsletters, songs, and regulations for the group. Also includes a letter from Emmeline B. Wells to Mary A. White, president of the association, dated 1895, and a "Equal Rights" banner. Dated approximately 1892-1895.

  • Extent: 4 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association
  • Call Number: MSS SC 48
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals are restricted due to condition. Patrons are to use photocopies and photoduplications.
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Location of Originals
Originals are located in Folder 2-3, and Oversize folder 4.
Alternative Format
Photocopies and photoduplications of the originals are also available in Folder 1.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 48; Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 48, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Provenance of originals unknown.
Acquisition Information
Source and date of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Mormon women--Utah--Beaver--History--Sources; Suffragists--Utah--Beaver--History; Politics, Government, and Law; Civic Activism; Beaver (Utah)--History; Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes; Newsletters; Songbooks; Letters
Processing Information
Record updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
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Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association papers`
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association flourished in the 1890s as one of nineteen branched of the Woman Suffrage Association (WSA) in Utah.

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Assocation was an active branch of the Woman Suffrage Assocation (WSA) in Beaver, Utah, in the 1890s. It was formed at a time when woman's suffrage leadership in Salt Lake City was asking women to form branches of the WSA in their own counties and towns. Eventually nineteen Utah counties had branches of the Association. These branches paid dues that were used to help Utah's territorial suffrage leaders to attend national meetings, and also served to promote education, improve attitudes, and influence politicians concerning the suffrage movement throughout the territory.

The Beaver County branch of the WSA flourished from 1892-1895, and membership included some of the leading men and women of the county, including Mary A. White, wife of Charles D. White, Beaver Stake President; W. G. Bickley, musician and city choir director; William and Matilda Fotheringham, county clerk and bishop; Daniel and Ruth Tyler, mission president and writer; Lucinda Howd, wife of one of the original settlers of Beaver; Sarah Caroline Maeser, wife of Reinhard Maeser, school prinicipal, and mother of Karl G. Maeser; and, J. R. Murdock, a wealthy town politician and stake president.

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Assocation appears to gone out of existence after the right for women to vote was written into the constuition of the new state of Utah in 1895.

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