Isabella Mott (standing) and Eleanor Garrison in suffrage sashes, undated (tintype; photographer unknown)
Martha Coffin Wright, mother of Ellen Wright Garrison, undated (photographer unknown)
National American Woman Suffrage Association membership certificate of Ellen Wright Garrison, signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Taylor Upton, 1900
Hattie Purvis, undated Photograph by F. Gutekunst, 704 & 706 Arch St., Philadelphia
"I have been teaching my little brothers and sister this winter, for there is no school here for them to go, except a Public School, and there they are made,[to] sit by their selvels [sic], because their faces are not as white as the rest of the scholars. Oh! Ellie how it makes my blood boil when I think of it. Dame Fortune has not been very good to us. "
Hattie Purvis to her friend Ellen Wright Garrison, 1856
"Rebecca, Augusta and Rosa, Emancipated Slaves from New Orleans" Photograph by Kimball, 477 Broadway, N.Y.; copyright 1863
(Text on reverse of photo: "The nett [sic] proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted exclusively to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major. -Gen. Banks. ")
Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Antislavery Society, 1851 (rear, left to right): Mary Grew, E.M. Davis, Haworth Wetherfield, Abby Kimber, J. Miller McKim, Sarah Pugh (front, left to right): Oliver Johnson, Mrs. Margaret Jones Burleigh, Benjamin C. Bacon, Robert Purvis, Lucretia Mott, James Mott. Photograph by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia
Notice of the Fifth Anniversary of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, 1837
For more online documents see Relations between Abolitionist Women and Slaveholding Relatives on the Women and Social Movements Web site (documents selected from the Garrison Family Papers).
Garrison children and friends on 'New Pier', Wianno (Osterville, Mass.), circa early 1880s
(left to right): Charles Garrison, Harral (?) Mulliken, Florence Halliday, Frank Garrison, Malcolm Chace (sitting on step: Dora Keen and her sisters (on ladder), Addie Halliday, A.B. Chace, Jr.(?) (photographer unknown)
Paper doll and clothing created by Benjamin T. Stephenson, brother of Edith Stephenson Garrison (Mrs. William Lloyd Garrison, 3rd), undated
(For more on these and related materials, see the Work theme page)
In 1849, women's rights reformers Elizabeth McClintock and Anna Southwick applied for a position in the Philadelphia wholesale business of Edward M. Davis, son-in-law of Lucretia Mott (niece of Ellen Wright Garrison). Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote a letter in support of the women's application. Davis brought the matter before his male clerks and some of them drew caricatures of female clerks. Lucretia Mott sent the drawings to McClintock who responded in kind, enclosing drawings and a drama. Shown here are two of the drawings and excerpts of the correspondence. Most of the sketches are unsigned, but it is presumed that those which portray women clerks in a more positive light were drawn by McClintock or Maria Mott Davis. The exchange illustrates the status of the woman question among those on the forward edge of reformist thought one year after the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.
Drawing depicting women in the workplace, by male employee of Edward Davis, 1849
Drawing done in response, 1849 (probably by Elizabeth McClintock)
"The spirit of enterprize [sic] has seized Elizabeth McCintock & Anna Southwick, & they have decided to be famous silk merchants, in Philadelphia making their annual visits to Paris & other great cities of the old world. Preparitory [sic] to the realization of these bright hopes they would fain get a clerkship in the establishment of thy noble son Edward Davis.... ah! me those woman's rights conventions, have spoiled our lovely maidens now instead of remaining satisfied with the needle & the school room they would substitute the compass & the exchange. "