Litchfield Equal Franchise League records, 1913-1920
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Brief Description:

A half-document box of records relating to the Litchfield Equal Franchise League, organized Sept. 5, 1913. It was an auxiliary of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association, which had as its mission the securing of the ratification of the 20th Amendment and preparing women for voting. Frances E. Hickox was the first president, serving 1913-1914. Adelaide Deming served next through at least 1920.

A speech given by interntionally-renowned reformer and women's rights advocate Rev. Dr. Anna H. Shaw at Litchfield's town hall on Oct. 2, 1913 is documented by announcements, broadsides, and a Litchfield Enquirer. The League participated in the Votes for Women Pageant and Parade organized by the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association held in Hartford on May 2, 1914, and the records contain several items relating to it, including an official program.

The records also contain flyers; a poster for an unnamed event on the topic, "Should Connecticut ratify the suffrage amendment?"; an undated ms. copy of the League's constitution and bylaws; stationery; a Mar. 29, 1917, letter from Deming to F. M. Granniss; and a Apr. 29, 1920, Litchfield Enquirer with a front page article, "Suffrage Visitors."

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Created by: Deming, Adelaide (1879-1956)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 08/01/1940. An initial gift (1940-03-0) was made by Adelaide Deming in Aug., 1940. She made another donation (1955-33-0) on Mar. 8, 1955.
Arrangement: The records are unarranged.
Biographical Note for Deming, Adelaide (1879-1956) : Adelaide Deming (1864-1956), born in Litchfield, was an artist and educator whose interest in her town's past provided subjects for many of her paintings. She was a descendant of a prominent Litchfield family of the post-Revolutionary War period, and a nationally known landscape painter. In addition to her art, Deming was involved in the issues of the day and in local affairs. She was president of the Litchfield Equal Franchise League. She was also one of the first presidents of the Women's Forum, a group still in existence. As a member of the town's board of education, she was credited with helping to bring a hot lunch program to the schools. She also pushed to get a new school built in the 1920s.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Equal Franchise League
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Women's rights
Women - Political activities
Women - Suffrage
Genres/Forms of Material
Broadsides (notices)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Adelaide Deming  Gift
PreferredCitation: Litchfield Equal Franchise League records (1940-03-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759