From the Vault is a new series highlighting recent projects, research, and interesting finds from the Special Collections & University Archives department at the Gleeson Library. This post features three newly available collections in Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections: Woman Suffrage Collection, USF COVID-19 Response Collection, and the Rare Book Room Broadsides collection.
This week is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting voting rights to American white women on August 18th, 1920. The Special Collections & University Archives department at the Gleeson Library maintains the Woman Suffrage Collection as part of our manuscript collections. We’re excited to go live with a digitized portion of this collection starting on Monday, August 17th. As more material from the collection becomes available, we will add to our online holdings.
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and ephemera belonging to Dr. Clara W. MacNaughton (1854 – 1948) and her daughter, Marie MacNaughton Davis. It also includes a scrapbook created by Marietta Stow (? – 1902). Dr. MacNaughton, a practicing dentist was heavily involved in the organizations of the Suffrage Movement including the Woman’s Suffrage Association of the District of Columbia, the Federal Woman’s Equality Association, the National Woman’s Equality Association, and the Federal Suffrage Association. The correspondence in the collection is mainly between prominent suffragists, Olympia Brown (1835 – 1926), Clara Bewick Colby (1846 – 1916), Belva Lockwood (1830 – 1917), and Dr. MacNaughton.
Starting in March 2020, while sheltering-in-place, the Special Collections & University Archives department began to capture, track, and catalog born digital records that tell the story of the USF community reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic. The USF COVID-19 Response Collection documents the developing response by USF administration, faculty, staff, and students to this unprecedented situation. The collection, a collaboration between Special Collections & University Archives, Digital Collections, and the Scholarship Repository departments at Gleeson Library includes official administration communications, news items, faculty panel discussions, student-created media, web pages, and social media posts. Our main goal is to preserve and make accessible an enduring resource for educators, researchers, students, and the public.
Since May, a portion of the USF COVID-19 Response Collection has been available online and we continue to build the collection as new content is processed. Future goals include keeping an eye towards capturing diverse perspectives and reactions, configuring a user submission process, and designing digital humanities projects with educators that utilize the collection.
Rare Book Room Broadsides Collection
The Rare Book Room’s broadside collection includes nearly 300 items, many of which are fine press poetry broadsides ranging from the twentieth century to the present day. Most of these are designed by notable printers and are signed by the poets. The broadsides are cataloged in Ignacio, the Library’s online catalog, and may be viewed in the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection in Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections. Additional broadsides will be uploaded to Digital Collections in the weeks ahead.
See the Rare Book Room Broadsides in the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection online.
If you would like to learn more about these three collections or are interested in using any of them in your courses, please contact University Archivist, Annie Reid or Head of the Donohue Rare Book Room, John Hawk. Click to learn more about our University Archives and Special Collections
Check out the Woman Suffrage Collection, the USF COVID-19 Response Collection and the Rare Book Room Broadsides in the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection along with many others available online through the Gleeson Library Digital Collections site.