A message from the past An original women's suffrage book signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton donated to Leatherby Libraries

An original Report of the 1887 International Council of Women, assembled by the National Woman Suffrage Association in Washington, DC, has been donated to the Leatherby Libraries. The book is signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who organized the event, and was originally given to the Texan artist Elisabet Ney.

In the history of the women’s suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony may receive the fame, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the one who started it all. She worked for years to gain the vote for women, setting the stage for the 19th Amendment to be ratified in 1920.

The fact that it is signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the founders of the International Council of Women, is really significant, said Stephanie George, special collections and archives librarian at the Leatherby Libraries.

The book found its way to Chapman through David Moore, assistant vice president in University Advancement, by way of his mother and a garage sale in Elgin, Texas, a short way from the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin. Moore’s mother noticed the importance of the book and bought it, and her son suggested that she donate it to Chapman.

And the best part is that anyone, student or general public, can come and see this piece of American history, now housed in Leatherby’s Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives.

Matt Wheatley

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