The University Libraries celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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The University Libraries, in collaboration with the Women’s Center, Collaborative Education Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) and the New Media Incubator are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – Women’s right to vote. We have a number of displays and digital objects available in the Dunbar Library and in CORE Scholar to honor this historic event. Each of our displays is highlighted below. Please join us to learn more about women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment.

Suffragist Quilt Displays

Mother Goose Quilt Square

The Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, have two quilt exhibits on display in the Dunbar Library and in the Women’s Center. The Suffragist Quilt Collection celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment with 19 quilts, handmade by Guild members. One of the quilts, created by Linda Morgan, a current grad student and former Women’s Studies and Laboratory Animal Resources staff member, honors suffragist Rachel Ezekiel. Ezekiel is the great-grandmother of Dr. Judith Ezekiel, a former Women’s Studies professor at Wright State. The second collection is Mother Goose Revisited. This collection includes 13 quilts which are original mother goose tales rewritten. Both quilt collections will be on a rotational display in the Women’s Center and Dunbar Library during the months of February and March.

Suffrage Video Series

Our Special Collections and Archives is pleased to release two of the “In the Archives” video series that focus on the history of Suffrage in the Miami Valley. In 2019, the Friends of the Libraries sponsored the “In the Archives” series that was created by Wright State students Amanda Harris and Nicolas Green and supervised by Jen Ware, associate professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the New Media Incubator. Watch the debut of Suffrage, Part II. The first Suffrage video was released in November.

Martha McClennan & Ruth Herr Collections

Materials from our Special Collections and Archives relating to suffrage were digitized and uploaded to CORE Scholar in honor of the anniversary. 

Martha McClellan Brown portrait
Martha McClellan Brown

The two collections are the Martha McClellan Brown Papers (MS-147) and the Ruth Herr Papers (MS-91), containing letters, photographs, ephemeral materials, and speeches.  Martha McClellan Brown was a nationally known leader in the temperance movement and an advocate of women’s rights and suffrage. Brown lectured widely in the United States and Great Britain and held posts in the Independent Order of Good Templars and the National Prohibition Party. Martha McClellan Brown Papers (MS-147) include correspondence with Harriet Taylor Upton, speeches and essays authored by Martha and her husband Rev. William Kennedy Brown, and items from the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association.    Ruth Herr was an art teacher in the Dayton and Oakwood public schools. The materials in this collection reflect her interest in women’s rights and include a constitution and by-laws for the National Woman’s Party. 

Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change

Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change

Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change exhibit. This display contains twelve standing panels that tell the story Ohio women from varied backgrounds who participated in the early days of the suffrage movement before the Civil War through the present day. Quotes from articles, speeches, books, letters and oral history interviews allow the women to speak in their own voices.   

Exhibit content was curated and designed by Ohio History Connection staff and production of the exhibit panels was funded by Ohio Humanities.  Wrights State’s CELIA is responsible for bringing the exhibit to campus. It will be on display through the end of February, 2020.

If you would like to learn how the exhibit was put together, take a look at the Ohio History Connections blog post here!