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Centennial Celebration: Women's Suffrage in New York State

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Mann Library, Room 160

On November 6, 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State, a legislative victory that ultimately would help earn them the right to vote as citizens of the United States. Starting with the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” from the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, a special presentation by former Cornell University Library Archivist Elaine Engst and Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen will highlight the story of the suffrage movement as it unfolded in New York State, in Tompkins County and at Cornell. This talk marks the opening of special fall exhibits at Mann Library and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library, spotlighting the complicated story of suffrage activism on the Cornell campus and the world beyond. 

The exhibit “Fight to the Beginning: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in New York,” is on display in the Mann Library lobby through March 2018. A concurrent exhibit is viewable at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) in the reference room in Kroch Library through January 2018. For hours and further information about the displays, please visit and The suffrage exhibit and opening talk at Mann Library are made possible by the Mary Morrison Public Education Fund.


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Cornell University Library, Mann Library


Cornell University Library, Mann Library, gender studies, Equality, women's studies, New York, Women's History, Suffrage, cascal, CALScomm, cashum, CUHistory, isscal


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Eveline Ferretti

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Elaine Engst and Carol Kammen

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Room 160 is accessible on Mann Library's first floor. Persons needing additional assistance please email

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Free and open to the public

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