Black women’s suffrage.

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BLACK WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE PORTAL

The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project to provide digital access to materials documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960.

The materials in this collection include photographs, correspondence, speeches, event programs, publications, oral histories, and other artifacts.

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Collage of suffragettes

ADDING SHADES OF CONTEXT

The collection explores both the roots of women’s activism in Black communities; the ongoing struggle to secure, protect, and use the right to vote, beyond the Suffrage Movement; and the intersections between voting rights and other civil rights.

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DIGITAL COLLECTION

By combining archival materials from DPLA’s network of over 4,000 institutions, newly digitized content and partnerships, the collection seeks to engage students, educators and researchers in exploration and dialogue around this important, yet overlooked chapter in our nation’s history.

FEATURED COLLECTIONS

Portrait of Ida B Wells Barnett

Ida B. Wells Barnett Papers

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Portrait of Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell Exhibit

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Portrait of Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Bass Papers

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PARTNERS

DPLA established new partnerships with five libraries and archives to collaborate on the creation of a national digital collection that highlights the roles and experiences of Black women in the women’s suffrage movement, as well as Black women’s history of activism, as part of the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

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Amistad Research CenterAtlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff LibrarySouthern California LibraryCharlotte MecklenbergAvery Research Center for African American History and CultureTuskegee University Library