Evanston Organizations and Suffrage


Evanston Organizations and Suffrage


Featuring the Evanston organizations that made a difference in moving the 19th Amendment along. Groups include the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the Woman's Club of Evanston, and the Evanston Political Equality League.


EHC Collections 301, 422, Digital Collection


Evanston History Center




Evanston Women's History Project


Evanston History Center

Collection Items

Historic Rest Cottage
A booklet describing the history of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union's Rest Cottage, formerly the home of the Willard family, in Evanston, Illinois.

Woman's Club of Evanston 1894-1895 Constitution
The constitution of the Woman's Club of Evanston under the presidency of Elizabeth Boynton Harbert.

Frances E. Willard house, or Rest Cottage
Postcard depicting the Frances E. Willard house, or the Rest Cottage, in Evanston, Illinois. Served as safe work space for members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

What Is the WCTU?
A booklet outlining the history of the WCTU and how to become a member of the organization.

Declaration of Principles
A pamphlet outlining the principles of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union as specified by Frances E. Willard.

Temperance Certificate
A certificate renouncing the use of alcohol by members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

Rest Cottage location
A map of Evanston noting the location of Rest Cottage, one of the safe work spaces of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union . Note: it is the same location as the Frances E. Willard house.

Rest Cottage, or Frances E. Willard house
A color postcard featuring Rest Cottage, an important work space of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Also the previous home of Frances E. Willard.

List of Illinois political candidates backing women's suffrage
McCulloch sent a letter to all Illinois editors saying that the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association sent letters to the Democratic and Republican candidates asking their opinions on women's suffrage. She then published a list of candidates who were…

Chronology of the Women's Rights Movement in Illinois
This pamphlet, edited by Catharine McCulloch of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, is a timeline of various important events in the Illinois women's rights movement.
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