Wells Library Hosts Traveling Exhibition on Women’s Suffrage

November 21, 2017
The display, collected and assembled by the South Central Regional Library Council, will be hosted at Wells for three weeks.
images of posters from exhibit

For three weeks, the Wells library is home to "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" a traveling exhibit developed by the South Central Regional Library Council with grant support from Humanities New York. The exhibit celebrates a hundred years of women having the right to vote in New York State through information and quotes that explore different aspects of the Women's Suffrage movement in New York, from pre-colonial times until the New York State referendum in 1917 and the 19th Amendment in 1920.

As Reference and Instruction Librarian Tiffany Raymond shared, an item from Wells’ own archives was used to create the poster—an image of Disfranchisment by Dr. W.E.B. DuBois taken from the Emily Howland Papers. The rest of the Emily Howland Papers were digitized last year and are available online on NY Heritage: http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15085coll2.

“Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” will be located on the third floor of the library outside of the German Culture Room until December 11, and all are invited to view the display and sign our guest book. The library is open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Due to the holiday, the library will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26.

If you can’t make it to campus, the exhibit will also have a detailed online version available at dp.la/exhibitions later this year. Credit to New York Heritage Digital Collections, Empire State Library Network, Digital Public Library of America, South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), and Humanities New York on contributing to this project!

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