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March 21, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Newly discovered 1918 memoir details opinions of Connecticut lawmakers on women’s suffrage

Article originally appeared on www.therepublic.com on March 20, 2011 and was written by Susan Haigh.

Cheryl Dunson knew she had found something special when she saw the small black notebook, covered in a plastic sleeve, inside a cardboard box of old memorabilia at the Connecticut League of Women Voters.

Recorded inside, in meticulous blue script, were the memoirs of a suffrage leader who interviewed members of the all-male Connecticut General Assembly more than 90 years ago on whether women should be granted the right to vote.

Dunson, the league’s president, and her fellow members had no idea the book existed until she discovered it a year ago in their Hamden offices when she was searching for items to help mark the state league’s 90th anniversary. The notebook, dated July 1, 1918, offers a rare glimpse into the views of Connecticut’s state legislators two years before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting men and women equal voting rights. [link to full article]

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