Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

About This Collection


Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party is a selection of 448 photographs depicting people and events associated with the militant wing of the American women’s suffrage movement. The images span from about 1875 to 1938 but largely date between 1913 and 1922, during and immediately after the suffrage campaign. The 448 images are a subset of the approximately 2,650 photographs included in a large body of records created or collected by the National Woman’s Party (NWP) and subsequently donated to the Library of Congress Manuscript Division in 1941 and 1979.

The Records of the National Woman's Party consist of more than 438,000 items of correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, financial records, legal files, printed matter, and photographs. The items document the organization’s activities from 1912–when its leaders first became involved nationally in the American women’s suffrage campaign–until 1974–when the organization was in the midst of lobbying for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. A brief overview of the NWP records held by the Manuscript Division is available online at American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States. A detailed finding aid for the collection may be accessed through the Manuscript Division’s home page.

Two suffragists being arrested
descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Photographs selected for Women of Protest document all aspects of the NWP suffrage campaign, including this image.
[Detail] Arrest of White House pickets Catherine Flanagan of Hartford, Connecticut (left), and Madeleine Watson of Chicago (right). Harris & Ewing. August 17, 1917.