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Category Archive for 'Digitized Documents'

Evanston Women and the 19th is a web resource that was introduced by the Evanston Women’s History Project last fall. The information on the collections is valuable, and recent updates make the materials more interactive and engaging for visitors. These updates include: a new contextual timeline that opens the exhibit, offering visitors a view of […]

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The Evanston Women’s History Project is excited to unveil a new web resource that will highlight the contributions Evanston women and organizations made to making the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, removing gender restrictions on voting, possible. People today associate this accomplishment with well-known figures like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but there […]

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This year marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and this moment has a surprising Evanston connection in May Wood Simons. Simons and her husband, Algie, were Evanston residents for many years and were active in the early years of the Socialist Party in America. Simons wrote for and edited several socialist publications, including […]

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This little news article is from the May 4, 1895 Evanston Index. It is hard to tell if it is meant to be comical or critical, but it certainly reveals the late 19th century debate over the changing role of women in society. By 1895 Evanston women had the right to vote for school board […]

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Plan of Evanston

The Evanston Public Library is digitizing the 1917 Plan of Evanston as part of its Digital Past Local History collection. The Plan of Evanston was commissioned in 1916 by the Evanston Small Parks and Playgrounds Association, some of whose officers and directors were notable Evanston women. Here are a few pages from the digitized Plan […]

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Miss Ida Faye Wright served as Chief Librarian of the Evanston Public Library from January 1920 until November 1, 1944. The Evanston City Council adopted a resolution entitled “Resolution Upon the Occasion of the Retirement of Miss Ida Faye Wright” on October 2, 1944. Miss Wright moved to Evanston at the age of three and […]

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We aren’t sure of the exact date of this article, but believe it is from sometime in the early 1930s. The newspaper had asked readers to send in their suggestions for a list of important women in Evanston’s history. Local woman Estelle Frances Ward, herself a woman-of-note, submitted a list of eight women she thought […]

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