Research Resources

Researching Woman Suffrage? See these useful starting places.

Searchable database of many Colorado newspapers.

• A search for “suffrage” reveals some interesting items, like this gem from the Colorado Daily Chieftain (later the Pueblo Chieftain) March 20, 1877: o “Mrs. Shields lectured on woman suffrage last night in the Methodist church to a good audience composed mostly of ladies, as the question discussed is of little interest to our readers and of none whatever to ourselves we refrain from details.”

The history of equal suffrage in Colorado, 1868-1898

• “Colorado women were enfranchised in 1898. This book details the history of that struggle. It includes a discussion of the growth of Colorado women's clubs as an important factor in the campaign. It also provides lists of suffrage workers and of women who have been elected and appointed to positions in Colorado government in the late nineteenth century.”

o “Multiplying benefits and blessings have followed the triumph of Equal Suffrage in Colorado. The campaign of 1893 was a most notable one in the universal contest for equal rights for women.”

o A list of Colorado women named in the appendix starting on page 55. Might you be related to any of them? Mrs. J.S. Sperry and Dr. Hatfield of Pueblo appear, as does Emma G. Curtiss of Cañon City “who conducted the campaign among people mainly of a foreign tongue in a coal mining district and secured a majority of 200)

Excerpts from Albina L. Washburne, “Annual Meeting, American Woman Suffrage Association: Colorado Report,” Woman’s Journal, 7 (7 October 1876), pp. 327, 328.

• Short excerpts from a longer report. • Reference to some southern Colorado women, including G. Eliza Tupper Wilkes (1844-1917), one of the first ordained female ministers in the U.S., who moved to Colorado in 1873 and set up a Unitarian congregation in Colorado Springs, and advocated votes for women.

• The touch of racism here is problematic, but the page also has a list of names of Colorado suffragists and suffrage supporters. Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party • Some photos taken in Colorado Springs.