The Dobkin Family Collection of Feminism

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A research collection documenting the struggles and achievements of women, primarily American and British, throughout history, with an emphasis on original 19th- and 20th-century material. Areas of special interest include Suffrage, Labor, Health, Politics, Legal rights, Gender studies, and Domestic issues, offering works by well-known women with compelling contextualization, and rescuing the unknown from anonymity.

Every attempt has been made to include original correspondence, diaries, journals, files, annotated printed matter and inscribed and annotated association copies of books, as well as truly scarce books and rare survivals of fragile ephemera.


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Abolition]

Aunt Sally; Or, The Cross the Way of Freedom. A Narrative of the Slave-Life and Purchase of the Mother of Reverand Isaac Williams, of Detroit, MI, 1859.

[Abolition]. Aunt Sally; Or, the Cross The Way of Freedom. A Narrative of the Slave-Life and Purchase of the Mother of Rev. Isaac Williams, of Detroit, Michigan. Cincinnati: American Reform Tract and Book Society, 1859.
 
Small 8vo.; frontispiece engraving of "Aunt Sally," other engravings...

Abolition]

What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?, 1863.

An Anonymous Woman
Denounces Slavery
 
[Abolition]. What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?...A Sequel To Mrs. Kemble's Journal. N.p., 1863.
 
Thin 8vo.; leaves closely cropped at edges; clipping, excised from anti-slavery leaflet, affixed by previous owner to title page, partially...

Abolition]

EPHEMERA: Pinprick painting.

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Abolition] American Sunday-School Union.

African Woman, The.

An Early Anti-Racist, Anti-Sexist Lesson
 
[Abolition]. American Sunday-School Union. The African Woman. No. 146 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, n.d.
 
Miniature; 2 1/4" w x 3 1/2" h; 3 leaves, folded vertically to make 8 pages of text, plus covers; string-tied;...

Abolition] Bailey, Margaret.

National Era, Prospectus.

Abolition] Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.

Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery; with a Concise Statement of Events, Previous and Subsequent to the Annual Meeting of 1835.

[Abolition]. Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. Right and Wrong in Boston: Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society; With a Concise Statement of Events, Previous and Subsequent to the Annual Meeting of 1835. Boston: Published by the Society, 1836.
 
Small, delicate 8vo; ownership...

Abolition] Chapman, Maria Weston & Anne Warren Weston, eds.

Liberty Bell, The.

[Abolition]. Chapman, Maria Weston and Anne Warren Weston, editors. The Liberty Bell: By Friends of Freedom. Boston: National Anti-Slavery Bazaar, 1853.
 
Small 8vo.; red cloth, stamped in gilt and blind; a.e.g.; lightly soiled.
 
First edition: Dumond, 74. A presentation copy, inscribed: "Mr....

Liberty Bell, The.

Abolition] Chapman, Marie Weston.

Annual Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, with a Sketch of the Obstacles thrown in the way of Emancipation by certain Clerical Abolitionists and Advocates for the subjection of Women, in 1837.

[Abolition] Chapman, Maria Weston. Right and Wrong in Boston: Annual Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, with a Sketch of ... Advocates for the subjection of Women, in 1837. Boston: Isaac Knapp, 1837.
 
16mo, 120pp; + 2pp titled "Proceedings at the Annual Meeting," rebound in...

Abolition] Dickinson, Anna.

Photograph.

A Portrait of Abolitionist Anna Dickinson
 
[Abolition] Photograph: Anna Dickinson, n.d.
 
2-1/2 x 4"; black and white; produced on cream-colored cardstock.  
 
In the portrait, the Civil War orator looks regal and serene; she is seated, facing toward the left and dressed in formal attire....

Abolition] Douglass, Margaret.

Personal Narrative or Mrs. Margaret Douglass, The...Colored Children to Read.

Account Of Margaret Douglass' Trial
For Teaching Slaves & Freed Blacks
And
Speaking Out Against White Slave Owner's Rape Of Black Female Slaves
 
[Abolition] Douglass, Margaret. The Personal Narrative of Mrs. Margaret Douglass, A Southern Woman, Who Was Imprisoned for One Month in the...

Abolition] Heyrick, Elizabeth Coltman.

Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition.

[Abolition]. Heyrick, Elizabeth Coltman. Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition; or, An Inquiry into the Shortest, Safest, and Most Effective Means of Getting Rid of West Indian Slavery. London: Sold by Hatchard and Son . . ., 1824.
 
8vo.; wrappers, disbound and later stapled; lightly worn.
 
First...

Abolition] Lois.

Harriet and Ellen: Or, The Orphan Girls.

[Abolition]. Lois. Harriet and Ellen: Or, The Orphan Girls. Cincinnati: American Reform Tract and Book Society, 1856.
 
12mo.; engraved frontispiece; etchings throughout; some pages lightly water-stained; brown cloth, stamped in blind.
 
First edition. This anti-slavery juvenile novel, by an...

Harriet and Ellen: Or, The Orphan Girls.

Abolition] Mossell.

Work of the Afro-American Woman, The.

The Chief Significance Of This Work Is That It Preserves
For All Time A Chapter Of Humanity
 
[Abolition] Mossell, Mrs. N.F. The Work of the Afro-American Woman. Philadelphia: Geo. S. Ferguson Company, 1894.
 
12 mo.; frontispiece photographic portrait of Afro-American woman with two...

Abolition] Noyes, John Humphrey.

Slavery and Marriage: A Dialogue.

Marriage As Slavery–A Polemical Tract Attributed To The Founder Of The "Free Love" Movement
 
[Abolition]. Noyes, John Humphrey. Slavery and Marriage: A Dialogue. [New York: Oneida Community], 1850.
 
12mo; 4 leaves folded vertically to make 8 leaves, string-tied; unopened; all sides...

Abolition] Paul, Susan.

Memoir of James Jackson.

[Abolition] Paul, Susan. Memoir of James Jackson. The Attentive and Obedient Scholar, Who Died in Boston, October 31, 1833, Age Six Years and Eleven Months. Boston: James Loring, 1835.
 
12mo.; lacking pages 83-86 (unattributed poem, "The Little Blind Boy"); endpapers and text pages soiled and...

Abolition] Pickard, Kate E.R

Kidnapped and the Ransomed, The. (with 1941 Negro Pub. Soc printing, #7165)

[Abolition] Pickard, Kate E. R. The Kidnapped and the Ransomed. Being the Personal Recollections of Peter Still and His Wife "Vina," After Forty Years of Slavery. With an Introduction by Rev. Samuel J. May; and an Appendix by William H. Furness, D.D. Syracuse New York and Auburn: William T....

Abolition] Prince, Mary.

History of Mary Prince.

[Abolition]. Prince, Mary. The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave. Related by Herself. With a Supplement by the Editor. To Which is added The Narrative of Asa-Asa, a Captured African. London: Published by F. Westley and A.H. Davis..., 1831.
 
8vo.; disbound; lightly soiled.
 
Third...

Abolition] Swisshelm, Jane Grey.

LETTER: ALS to an American politician, 7-31-1876.

Prominent Abolitionist's Letter to an American Politician
 
[Abolition] Swisshelm, Jane Grey. Autograph letter signed, "Jane Grey Swisshelm," to Leon (T?) McMillan, Leipzig, Saxony, July 31, 1876.
 
One 8-1/2 x 11" leaf, folded to make four pages, all sides covered; written in black ink; fine.
...

LETTER: ALS to an American politician, 7-31-1876.

Abolition] Townsend, Hannah and Mary.

Anti-Slavery Alphabet, The.

[Abolition] The Anti-Slavery Alphabet. Philadelphia: Printed for the Anti-Slavery Fair, 1847.
 
12mo.; removed from bound volume; original front wrapper present; lacking lower panel.
 
First edition of this scarce juvenile attributed to Hannah and Mary Townsend in the Liberator, January 29,...

Abolition] Weld, Theodore Dwight.

American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

First Articulation Of
The Fusion Of Anti-Slavery Movement With Women's Rights Movement
 
[Abolition]. Weld, Theodore Dwight. American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses. New York: The American Anti-Slavery Society, 1839.
 
Slim 8vo.; light foxing throughout; blue wrappers;...

Abolition] [Chapman, Maria Weston]

Right and Wrong in Boston: Annual Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, with a Sketch of.

[Boston Female Anti-slavery Society]. Report of the Boston Female Anti Slavery Society; with a Concise Statement of Events, Previous and Subsequent to the Annual Meeting of 1835. (Right and Wrong in Boston). Boston: The Society [Boston Female Anti-slavery Society], 1836.
 
8vo.; contemporary...

Right and Wrong in Boston: Annual Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, with a Sketch of

Abzug, Bella. With Mim Kelber.

Gender Gap.

Abzug, Bella with Mim Kelber.  Gender Gap:  Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women.   Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
 
First edition.  Signed and dated by Bella Abzug at the half title page.  8vo, x, 257pp; (including Appendix); deep rose boards with navy blue...

Gender Gap.

Adams, Abigail.

LETTER: ALS to Judge William Cranch.

Adams, Abigail. Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Adams," with address panel also in her hand, to Judge William Cranch; Quincy, Massachusetts: June 17th 1811.
 
Single leaf, 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches, address panel, 4 x 2 5/8 inches, directing the letter to "Judge Cranch / city / Washington"; lower left...

Adams, Hannah) Lowell, John.

Review of Dr. Morse's Appeal to the Publick

Rev. Morse Pilloried
  
[Adams, Hannah] [Lowell, John.] Review of Dr. Morse's "Appeal to the Publick," principally with reference to that part of it which relates to Harvard College. Boston: N.p., n.d. [1815].
 
8vo.; stamp of the Presbyterian Historical Society at the foot of the first text...

Adams, Hannah.

Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children, An.

Adams, Hannah. An Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children. Boston: Printed for the Author and for Sale by B. & J. Homans and John West, July, 1805.
 
12mo., contemporary full sheep; red morocco spine label, stamped in gilt; expertly rebacked, preserving the...

Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children, An.

Adams, Hannah.

Memoir, A.

Adams, Hannah. A Memoir of Miss Hannah Adams. Written by herself. With additional notices by a friend. Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1832.
 
8vo.; frontispiece portrait with facsimile signature; light foxing to preliminaries; reddish brown cloth; spine bumped; spine label lightly scuffed. In a...

Adams, Hannah.

History of the Jews, The.

European Jews Informed Of Life In America
 
Adams, Hannah. A History of the Jews. From the Destruction of Jerusalem to the 19th-century (Volumes I and II). Boston: John Eliot, 1812.
 
2 vols., 12mo.; foxing throughout; all edges stained blue; Vol. II bottom edge damp-stained; both volumes...

Adams, Hannah.

History of the Jews.

Addams, Jane et al.

ARCHIVE: Emergency Peace Federation / American Conference for Democracy and Terms of Peace archive.

Women's Peace Party correspondence
With letters to Jane Addams and Lillian Wald
collected by Addams' secretary
 
[Addams, Jane, Lillian Wald, Emily Balch, et al]. Archive of Material Relating to the Emergency Peace Federation, and the American Conference for Democracy and Terms of Peace....

Addams, Jane)

Hull-House Block News.

(Addams, Jane) Hull-House Block News. Friday, June 16, 1939. Vol. III, no. 3. [Chicago]: [Hull-House], 1939.
 
4to.; blue illustrated wrappers, stapled; front wrapper illustration signed "A. Cross"; small tear at upper left margin; printed on rectos only.
 
First edition of this mimeographed...

Addams, Jane) Oakley, Violet.

Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.

[Addams, Jane] Oakley, Violet. Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Privately Printed by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1955.  
 
8vo., 104pp; beige cloth stamped in red at front cover;  some...

Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.

Addams, Jane, et al.

Overthrow of the War System, The.

A Stellar Anti-War Compilation
 
(Addams, Jane, contributor.) Mead, Lucia Ames, ed. The Overthrow of the War System. Boston: Massachusetts Branch of The Woman's Peace Party, [1916].
 
8vo.; interior fresh and bright; eight appendices bound-in at rear; ruby red cloth, stamped in gilt; a fine...

Addams, Jane.

Peace and Bread in Time of War.

Addams, Jane. Peace and Bread in Time of War. New York, 1922.
 
Cloth. Autographed "Jane Addams, Hull House, Chicago" on discolored front fly-leaf which was apparently removed at one time, then neatly reinserted. Slight sunning and edgewear to spine; pencilled owner's inscription; otherwise very...

Peace and Bread in Time of War.

Addams, Jane.

Long Road of Woman's Memory, The. COMPARE WITH JACKETED COPY, DISCARD ONE.

Addams, Jane. The Long Road of Woman’s Memory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
 
8vo.; contemporary pencil inscription on the front endpaper; blue cloth stamped in gilt.
 
First edition of Addams’ examination of the workings of memory in the old and young alike, derived from...

Addams, Jane.

Long Road of Woman's Memory, The.

Addams, Jane. The Long Road of Woman's Memory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
 
8vo.; blue cloth, stamped in gilt; few light abrasions to spine; dust-jacket; lightly browned, few chips to extremities removing a few letters from spine.
 
First edition of Addams' examination of the...

Long Road of Woman’s Memory, The.

Addams, Jane.

To the Women Voters…

[Addams, Jane]. To the Women Voters of the United States from the Women in Political Bondage. Vote the Progressive Ticket and Make Us Free. [New York: Progressive Party, 1912].
 
8vo.; one leaf, folded to make 4 pages; printed on all sides; lightly used, small closed tear to fold.
 
First...

Addams, Jane.

Twenty Years at Hull-House.

Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull House with Autobiographical Notes. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910.
 
Thick 8vo.; printed on laid paper; internally fine; dark brown paper-covered boards; extremities worn; parchment spine; mildly darkened and lightly foxed; t.e.g.
 
Limited and...

Twenty Years at Hull-House.