The WHMEC possesses a unique archive collection for exhibits and research. Many of these collections were obtained by the Museum's founder, Mary Maschal.
This collection contains information and artifacts from the women's suffrage movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Includes correspondence between Ms. Park and national women's suffrage leaders like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, etc. Also, we possess an extensive collection of women's suffrage movement memorabilia, i.e. suffrage pins, suffrage silks, banners, postcards, posters, flyers, slides, dolls, etc. A major component of this archive is the Charlotte Perkins Gilman collection. We possess a complete set of Gilman's publication, The Forerunner, as well as other first-edition copies of some of her major texts. We also have some items published by Charlotte Perkins, before she added the name Gilman by marriage. Alice Park was also active in various Peace organizations and was a member of the National Organization of Pen Women - the archive contains information from these associations as well.
This collection documents the political career of California politician Dr. Lucy Killea. Includes campaign records, photographs, and legislative work records.
This collection has material from the various UN Conferences on the Status of Women held around the world. Conference materials from Nairobi, Houston, Mexico City, Copenhagen, and Beijing are included. Textiles and ephemera from these conferences, in addition to official conference business, are included in the collections.
The WHM has a complete set of Ms. magazines available for research.
The History of Women's Suffrage, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper. Volumes I-VI. (First edition)
Journal of Home Economics, Vols. 1-54 (1909-1962).
Women's Review of Books
We are happy to accept donations for the Women's History Museum provided they fit with our current collections. Donations can be presented for review on most Fridays from 12-2pm. If you have books, papers,ephemera,or artifacts you wish to donate, please call 619-233-7963 to set up an appointment with our archivist.