Paulina T. Merritt papers on the Indiana Women's Suffrage Movement
Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 108
The Paulina T. Merritt papers on the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Movement document Paulina Merritt’s activities pertaining to the suffrage movement in Indiana in the late 19th century. It includes correspondence to elected officials, among them Senator Benjamin Harrison, concerning voting rights as well as correspondence with leaders in the women’s suffrage movement including May Wright Sewall. Also included in the collection is an autobiographical sketch of Merritt, as well as some clippings and advertisements. Also included are papers written by her husband, George Merritt.
- 1860 - 1906
- Majority of material found within 1880 - 1895
- Merritt, Paulina T. (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material is in English.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright and Use Information
Materials in this collection are in the public domain.
0.226 Cubic Feet (1 legal-size half-width manuscript box)
This collection includes correspondence and other materials documenting Paulina T. Merritt’s involvement in the Indiana women’s suffrage movement.
Biographical or Historical Information
Paulina T. Merritt was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on August 8, 1931 to John and Hannah McClung. She married George Merrit in 1852, and they settled in Indianapolis, where George ran a wool manufacturing business. Paulina invested her inheritance in order to improve conditions for those less fortunate, erecting “small cottages for friendless, suffering families” in 1864. With her husband, she established a House for Soldier’s Orphans. She was an advocate for reforming insane asylums, and was instrumental in Sarah Oren’s election to office as the first state librarian in Indiana. Paulina Merritt also donated property to the Indianapolis Colored Women’s Mutual Society, to be used by those who were sick or elderly. Merritt member and frequent visitor for the Benevolent Society, and was active in securing equal rights for women though out her adult years.
Correspondence has been grouped as “incoming” or “outgoing” and then arranged choronically. Other materials have been grouped according to format or content.
Collection donated by Lori Birrell, Manuscript Librarian at the Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, on February 6, 2012.
All materials have been placed in archival housing.
- Paulina T. Merritt papers on the Indiana Women's Suffrage Movement
- Stephanie Schmitz
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- Edition statement
- Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2012-09-03.
- 2019-07-31: Description updated to align with ASC standards for Archives Space