The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Toledo Woman's Suffrage Association Records, 1903-1927


Size:  .25 linear feet

Provenance:  Purchased from Alan Abrams in 1992.


Access: open

Collection Summary: The collection consists of minutes, 1909-1915; by-laws; speech notes; newspaper clippings; correspondence; pamphlets; and fliers pertaining to the suffrage movement and its activities.


Subject: Women


Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.


Completed by:  April S. Dougal, December 1992; last updated: June, 2014


Organization History


The Toledo Woman’s Suffrage Association was founded in 1869. It was among the earliest chapters organized in the country. Sarah S. Bissell, who was a member throughout its existence, was one of the founders. She was an associate of national leaders Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The group was active until 1915 when it merged with the Political Equality League. The last meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Pauline Steinem, grandmother of Gloria Steinem.

Scope and Content Note


The collection mainly consists of minutes, 1909-1915. There is also correspondence of group members, including a letter from John H Doyle, a lawyer on the bench of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Also included are a number of pamphlets and fliers pertaining to the movement and its activities.



Folder-Box Inventory







Minutes, October 1909 -February 1915


By-Laws of the Political Equality League of Lucas County, Ohio, n.d.


Correspondence, Elizabeth Schauss, February and March 1914


Correspondence, John Doyle to Harriet Bissell, , 1915


Speech Notes [Harriet Bissell?] n.d.


News clippings, 1924, 1927


Pamphlets, n.d.


Flyers, 1915, n.d.