Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection. The collection makes freely accessible nearly 200,000 artifacts, including images, videos, letters, diaries, speeches, maps, diaries, and oral histories, from DPLA’s more than 4,000 partner institutions that document the contributions and experiences of Black women during the women’s suffrage movement as well as Black women’s activism from the 1850s to the 1960s. A highlight of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is the Ida B. Wells Barnett Papers from the University of Chicago, a collection of correspondence, diaries, articles, speeches, newspaper clippings, and photographs from Wells Barnett’s storied life and work as an activist and suffragist.
Key to the development of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection was a set of partnerships, announced in July 2020, with the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston; Tuskegee University Archives; the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University; and Southern California Library. These collaborations, powered by funding from Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates, enabled these partner institutions to digitize artifacts related to Black Women’s Suffrage in their collections.
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