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ARCHIVE: Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Archive of Abbie B. Rice and Maud R. Stuckert. Literature is itemized herein. 3 large slipcases.


[Suffrage]. Rice, Abbie B. and Maud R. Stuckert. Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Archive. [Newton, Pennsylvania], [ca. 1899-1941].  
The archive consists of: (1) family-related items belonging to Abbie Blaker Stuckert and her daughter Maud Rice Stuckert [items 1-5]; (2) suffrage ephemera, including a large motorcade banner, suffrage hats, a "Votes for Women" stamp, a gold velvet "Votes for Women" sash, and a suffrage petition (among other items) [items 6-20]; (3) five suffrage posters from 1900 - 1915 [items 21-26]; (4) suffrage printed material, including numerous leaflets issued by the NAWSA, a typescript of a short suffrage sketch written by Inez Milholland, a play by Mary Winsor entitled "The Suffrage Auction", an issue of PROGRESS, and a program for the 41st Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association (among other items) [items 26-47]; (5) scrapbook kept by Abbie B. Rice and Maud R. Stuckert from ca. 1899-1920 [1941] with numerous newspaper clippings recording suffrage activities of local, county and state suffrage associations and documenting national suffrage issues and events [item 48]; (6) four post-1920 League of Women Voters pieces [items 49-52]. The archive has exceptional range and depth. Much of the material is rare and some items likely unique. Whether a poster enthusiastically addressing itself to "Mr. Baseball Fan" or an ad for "suffragette crackers" or a leaflet with a suffrage version of "America the Beautiful," the archive generously reflects the texture and context of the woman suffrage movement at the grass-roots level through its final two decades.
Abbie B[laker] Rice actively supported and campaigned for woman suffrage from 1896 until her death in 1917. From 1903 until 1917 she headed up the Newtown Equal Suffrage League. She also served as Corresponding Secretary, President and Treasurer of the Bucks County Equal Suffrage Association, and was a delegate to state and national suffrage conventions. Lydretta Rice was a Corresponding Secretary of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association at the time of her death in 1905.
Woman's Who's Who Of America records Maud Esther Rice Stuckert (Mrs. William R. Stuckert), Newton, Bucks Co., Pa. as born in Newtown, Pennsylvania (August 8, 1881), the daughter of Harrison and Abbie K. (Blaker) Rice. Maud was educated at Newtown High School and George School, Pa., and Swarthmore College (A.B., Phi Beta Kappa 1903). She married William R. Stuckert, Nov. 18, 1908. She taught two years, one as Principal of a small Quaker school and one as an assistant of a high school. "Interested in many activities connected with the Religious Soc. of Friends; with the Loyal Temperance Legion. W.C.T.U., and settlement work" (p. 793). Maud Stuckert served as the corresponding secretary of the Bucks County Equal Suffrage Association and succeeded her mother as President after her death in 1917. From 1920 until 1941, Mrs. Stuckert headed up the Newtown League of Women Voters as its Chairman.
Articles which record Mrs. Stuckert's retirement as Chairman also describe the evolution of the woman suffrage movement in Newtown. At a meeting of the Newtown W.C.T.U. in February 26, 1896, a "Good Government League" was organized with Abbie B. Rice as secretary. Three years later it became the "Equal Suffrage League." When women achieved suffrage in 1920, the Equal Suffrage League formed the League of Women Voters. For nearly four decades - from 1903 until 1941 - Abbie Rice and her daughter Maud spearheaded women's political activity in Newtown.

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