The Wisconsin Women's History digital collection shares a selection of manuscripts and ephemera documenting the lives of women in Wisconsin. Begun in 2015, it focuses initially on women who were active in social movements such as suffrage, temperance, abolition, civil rights, and other efforts to reform society, especially those whose careers are summarized at the Wisconsin Women Making History site. During the presidential election year of 2016, women who ran for public office will be featured. Important records from the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association will also be shared this year.
Searching: Because most of the documents are handwritten, searching the text of each page is impossible. Each folder has therefore been carefully described and searches will retrieve entire folders likely to contain the information requested. Click a thumbnail to open a folder and then browse its table of contents to locate relevant pages.
Rights: All documents in the collection are free from copyright restrictions. We encourage you to use them however you wish, but ask that you always cite them clearly and include a link back to this page. High-resolution files can be provided for a fee; see our FAQs About Buying Historical Images for more information.
Image information: Poster for women's suffrage by Evelyn Rumsey Cary, date unknown, 22 x 40 inches, WHI Image ID 32533.