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Women in History in FSU Special Collections & Archives

Suffrage and other Reform Movements

Women participated widely in the reform movements of the day. Especially in the 19th century, women were interested in the antislavery movement, suffrage movement, labor movement, and temperance movement. As a result, sources relating to reform movements were often authored by women with female readers in mind. Sources relating to reform or activism can be found in FSU's collections below. 

Primary Sources

Online Sources at FSU

National Organization for Women, Tallahassee Chapter Records include official NOW correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, reports, budgets, newsletters, and other records which chronicle the development and activities of Tallahassee NOW from its founding in 1971 until 1997.

The League of Women Voters, Tallahassee Chapter Records consist of administrative files, and publications from the 55 year history of the group's presence in Tallahassee. This contains the digital files of some parts of the physical collection shown above. 

Finding Aids for Manuscript Collections at FSU

Finding aids are tools that help a user find information in a specific record group, collection, or series of archival materials. Examples of finding aids include published and unpublished inventories, container and folder lists, card catalogs, calendars, indexes, registers, and institutional guides. The finding aids below connect to archival documents in FSU's collection. 

Feminist Women's Health Center Records (MSS 2022-004): Part of the Marion Banzhaf papers, the Feminist Women's Health Center Records contains the organizational records, ephemera, and interviews with prominent members of the organization. 

National Organization for Women, Tallahassee Chapter Records (MSS 2008-033): The National Organization for Women is an American feminist organization founded in 1966 to lobby for gender equality and other issues important to women. This collection contains correspondence, publications, agendas and photographs collection by the Tallahassee chapter of NOW between 1971 and 1997. 

Sources from the General Collection

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