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New collection of Susan B. Anthony letters
Rochester, NY - The University of Rochester has acquired a newly discovered collection of letters written by Susan B. Anthony. The letters were written to Rachel Foster Avery from 1881 through the turn of the century. Anthony and Avery were connected through the National Woman Suffrage Association and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The historic collection details the suffrage movement through the eyes of its two most important members.
The new collection includes more than 60 autographed and typed letters, signed cabinet cards and photographs, and other related material.
The University purchased the items on Aug. 19 from two auction houses - the American Eagle Auction and Appraisal Company in Livonia, Michigan and the Super Action in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"It augments what is arguably the nation's strongest manuscript collection related to the long working and personal relationship between Anthony and Avery. We are honored to bring such historically significant letters to our libraries," said said Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries.
Anthony, a Rochester resident from 1845 until her death in 1906, successfully persuaded the University of Rochester to admit women in 1900.
Plans are underway to begin digitizing these new materials in the coming weeks.
Materials from other Anthony-related collections owned or on deposit at Rush Rhees have been digitized and transcribed for the online exhibition, Susan B. Anthony: Celebrating "A Heroic Life."