Letters of an Iowa Women's Rights Advocate Now Available Online

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12-Mar-2014 Newsletter article

A selection of correspondence by Mary Newbury Adams is now available through Digital Collections. Mary Newbury Adams (1837-1901) lived in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband, Austin. In 1866, Adams became interested in women's suffrage and did much to promote it through writing and speaking. She was an advocate of women's education and believed that women should take part equally in social, intellectual, economic, and political activities. The digitized correspondence covers a wide variety of topics, including discussion about women's education, women's clubs, family, daily events, and politics. Additional information is accessible via the digital collection.

The correspondence is a part of the Adams Family Papers, which contains correspondence, writings, diaries, newspaper clippings, the family bible and biographical materials of several Adams family members. The collection contains additional correspondence from Mary Adams, and other materials including her diaries and photographs. Aside from the correspondence of prominent persons such as A. Bronson Alcott, many of the family letters offer insight into the interests and concerns of three generations during the second half of the 19th century in America. Additional correspondence and other materials from the Adams Family Papers can be viewed in the Special Collections Department. For additional information on the collection, the finding aid is available online.

For additional questions regarding this collection, contact the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library at 515-294-4216, or visit

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