Archives

Except for material held at Southern Illinois University, the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library, and the Emanie Sachs Arling Philips archive at Western Kentucky University, the material is scattered. Other archives might only have a letter or two. The situation has always been a problem in creating a full body of evidence on Woodhull and Claflin. This has always been one of the difficulties of comprehensive research, particularly for people who have slipped through the cracks of history. In today’s digital era, however, more and more repositories are digitizing their holdings and putting them oniine. This is a tremendous boon to research, especially for women written out of history like Woodhull and Claflin. In the past it was too time-consuming for a researcher to go to an archive for one document, no matter how potentially critical to a line of inquiry. Archivists are beginning to come wholly on board with the notion of supporting research and opening access through the internet, and for this the editors of this site offer our grateful thanks.

The material in Southern Illinois University and the Boston Public Library represent, across the two sites, what remains of most of Victoria Woodhull’s personal papers. After the death of Victoria’s daughter Zula Maud Woodhull, the eventual decision of her executors was not to pursue a biography of Victoria, so the trustees dispersed the papers. The remainder of any family material lie in the Holland-Martin Archives in Worcestershire with limited access. Everything else is spread out across several archival collections. The list below is by no means comprehensive and will likely increase over the years.

Accessible Archives.

A fee-based subscription service with useful and difficult to find material, such as Frank Leslie’s Weekly. Searchable only by subscription, the database is available in some local libraries.

Benjamin F. Butler Papers (1778-1929). Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20540. MSS14514.

Benjamin R. Tucker Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. MssCol 3040.

Brisbane Family Papers, 1819-1975, Syracuse University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University.

Paulina Wright Davis Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604.

The Holland-Martin Family of Overbury Court Papers, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, England, WR1 3PB

The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Mississippi State University Digital Collections.

Horace Greeley Papers, New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division. MSSCol1231.

Isabella Beecher Hooker and John Hooker Papers, 1869-1877. Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd., Rochester, NY 14627.

International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals.

Site maintains a full set of Woodhull & Claflin Weekly: as well as a partial set of The Humanitarian. Full sets of Lucifer, The Light Bearer and The Truth Seeker as well as other Spiritualist, radical, and sex radical texts are also available, as well as some hard to find tracts by Nichols, Waisbrooker and Severance.

Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, 913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190.

Library of Congress and the archival newspaper site Chronicling America. 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20540.

Licking County, Ohio, Records & Archives.Physical address: 61 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio and mailing address: 20 South Second Street, Newark, Ohio, 43055.

The Licking County Records and Archives has recently opened and much material is in the process of reorganization. Out of town visitors are encouraged to contact the Archives prior to their visit. Real estate records may be found at the 20 South Second Street location in the office of the County Recorder on the third floor. Note: both locations require on-site visit.

Missouri Digital Heritage, Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Library, 600 West Main Street P.O. Box 1747. Jefferson City, MO 65102.

The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry St, Columbia, MO 65201.

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England TW9 4DU

National Archives and Records Administration {NARA] Main: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20408;

Also 3050 Springboro Rd., Dayton, OH, 45439; and Alexander Hamilton US Customs House, New York, NY 10004-1415. The NARA maintains a subscription based website, www.fold3.com, and the same material is available with a subscription from www.ancestry.com. Some material is available from www.familysearch.org. All US Federal Census material to 1940 is available through the NARA and its regional offices. Pension and military records require an on site visit in Washington, D.C., if the material in a file exceeds 100 pages.

Reid Family Papers 1795-2003, Library of Congress. 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20540. MSS65491

Contains the correspondence of Whitelaw Reid, the editor of the New York Tribune.

Philips, Emanie Louise (Nahm) Sachs Arling (1893-1981) MSS 317, Manuscript and Folklife Archives, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1092.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 3 James St., Cambridge MA 02138 USA

Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Young Library, 4 Tyler Drive, Northampton, MA 01063.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20540.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Papers Project. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Because the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers project shut down operations in 2012, after the publication of Volume 6, questions or comments can now be handled through email only at ecssba@rci.rutgers.edu.

Victoria Woodhull File, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323.

Victoria Woodhull-Martin Papers, 1870-1962, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, 605 Agriculture Drive, MC 6632, Carbondale, IL 62901.

Victoria Woodhull Martin Papers. MS 2001. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116.

NOTE: This collection is in storage an inaccessible through 2019 due to renovations at the Boston Public Library.