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Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 48

Scope and Contents

Handwritten documents of the records of the Woman's Suffrage Association which met in Beaver, Utah. Items include minutes, newsletters, songs, and regulations for the group. Also includes a letter from Emmeline B. Wells to Mary A. White, president of the association, dated 1895, and a "Equal Rights" banner. Dated approximately 1892-1895.


  • approximately 1892-1895

Conditions Governing Access

Originals are restricted due to condition. Patrons are to use photocopies and photoduplications.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association flourished in the 1890s as one of nineteen branched of the Woman Suffrage Association (WSA) in Utah.

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association was an active branch of the Woman Suffrage Association (WSA) in Beaver, Utah, in the 1890s. It was formed at a time when woman's suffrage leadership in Salt Lake City was asking women to form branches of the WSA in their own counties and towns. Eventually nineteen Utah counties had branches of the Association. These branches paid dues that were used to help Utah's territorial suffrage leaders to attend national meetings, and also served to promote education, improve attitudes, and influence politicians concerning the suffrage movement throughout the territory.

The Beaver County branch of the WSA flourished from 1892-1895, and membership included some of the leading men and women of the county, including Mary A. White, wife of Charles D. White, Beaver Stake President; W. G. Bickley, musician and city choir director; William and Matilda Fotheringham, county clerk and bishop; Daniel and Ruth Tyler, mission president and writer; Lucinda Howd, wife of one of the original settlers of Beaver; Sarah Caroline Maeser, wife of Reinhard Maeser, school prinicipal, and mother of Karl G. Maeser; and, J. R. Murdock, a wealthy town politician and stake president.

The Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association appears to have gone out of existence after the right for women to vote was written into the constitution of the new state of Utah in 1895.


5 folders (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Provenance of originals unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are located in Folder 2-3, and Oversize folder 4.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies and photoduplications of the originals are also available in Folder 1.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in Folder 5.

Processing Information

Record updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.

Register of Beaver County Woman's Suffrage Association records
2010 May 19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States