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Guide to the Mary E. Gawthorpe Papers TAM.275

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jessica Weglein and Laura Helton, 2001-2003

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 08, 2019
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated and edited by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , May 2019

Scope and Content Note

The collection is predominantly comprised of materials related to Gawthorpe's work as a suffragist, including her involvement with the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and other pro-suffrage groups during the early 20th century. Genres of materials that document Gawthorpe's activism include correspondence and postcards; diaries and engagement books; notes; and news clippings, flyers, programs, leaflets, pamphlets, and other forms of printed ephemera. These materials also reflect the wider activities of many of the era's pro- and anti-suffrage groups and the work of other suffragettes like the Pankhursts. To a lesser extent, the collection provides insight into Gawthorpe's interest in the labor movement, her teaching career, and her personal life.


The collection is arranged into six series:

I: Diaries/Engagement Books, 1918-1972
II: Correspondence, 1903-1973
III: Subject Files, 1881-1990
IV: Educational Materials and Notes, circa 1890-1932
V: Postcards, 1903-1970
VI: Photographs, Graphic Materials, and Artifacts, 1900-circa 1950s

Series I is arranged chronologically. Series II is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series III, IV, and VI are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Series V is arranged chronologically within two sections, Suffrage and General.