Women's Suffrage Pamphlets
It is believed that Mary E. Bagg, Director of the Association for the Advancement of Women, donated or had ownership of these reports and papers prior to their acquisition by the Syracuse Public Library. Ms. Bagg was the wife of James L. Bagg, vice president and attorney of Onondaga Savings Bank (1855-1877). James Bagg was also the president of the New York State Temperance Association and helped form two local organizations, the Syracuse Temperance Society and the Syracuse Temperance Union.
Scope of Collection
This collection consists of pamphlets centered on the issues of women's rights, written between 1850 and 1914.
The four pamphlets are: Commensurate with her Capacities and Obligations, are Women's Rights: a Series of Tracts, an 1853 publication containing speeches, poems and essays advocating women's suffrage. A Plan for Improving Female Education, a reprint of an 1819 speech by Emma Willard presenting arguments for how and why women's education should be improved. Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet? an 1869 pamphlet by Thomas Wentworth Higginson arguing in favor of literacy education for women. Woman's Influence in Politics, an 1869 speech by Henry Ward Beecher advocating for women's suffrage.