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Finding Aid for the Lily Thompson Collection (MUM00446)

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Descriptive Summary
PURL:
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00446/
Creator:
Mrs. DuAine Morgan of Yazoo City, Mississippi donated the collection to the University of Mississippi circa 1958.
Title:
Lily Thompson Collection
Inclusive Dates:
1897-1938, undated
Abstract:
The Lily Thompson Collection possesses material related to the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association and the Equity League of Jackson, Mississippi.  Thompson held various offices in both organizations.  The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, minutes, publications, broadsides, clippings, memorabilia, and a scrapbook.
Quantity:
3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Number:
MUM00446
Location:
F-10
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
University Archives
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
(662) 915-7408
Cite as:
Lily Wilkinson Thompson Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Mississippi

Biographical Note
Created in 1897, the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association elected Nellie Nugent Somerville as president, Belle Kearney as vice president, and Lily Wilkinson Thompson as corresponding secretary.  Thompson, along with other members, prepared and distributed the organization's literature and articles provided to state newspapers. As superintendent of press work, she stated "Original articles are of immense value.  Mississippi people are interested in what Mississippi men and women think on the question, rather than what is being done elsewhere."  In 1912, the organization elected Thompson president. 
Thompson also held several officer positions in the Equity League of Jackson, a local woman suffrage organization.

Arrangement
Box 1 contains correspondence addressed to Thompson; public relations material including form letters, manuscripts, broadsides, and publications; and ledgers containing minutes of the Jackson Equity League.  Box 2 holds publications and clippings, and Box 3 contains oversized material including publications, broadsides, clippings, and a scrapbook.

Restrictions
Use Restriction
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Related materials
Related materials in Special Collections include the following:
Ballots for Both: Thirteenth Annual Convention, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1917).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 B35 1917.
League of Women Voters (Mississippi Division) Collection.
Webb, R.A.  Man and Woman: Address Delivered Belhaven Christian Workers' School, Jackson, Mississippi, June 1913 by Rev. R.A. Webb, D.D. of Louisville Seminary (Jackson, MS: Tucker Printing House, 1913).  Call Number: JF853 W4.
Related materials in the J.D. Williams Main Library include the following:
The Woman Voter (Clarksdale, Mississippi).  3 August 1922 -- 4 April 1924.  Location: Microfilm.

Separated Material
Several publications from the collection were catalogued and added to the Special Collections stacks:
Constitution and By-Laws of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1898).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 C6 1898.
Constitution and By-Laws of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1912).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 C6 1912.
Eighth Annual Report, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1912).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 8th (1912).
Fifth Annul Report of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1909).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 5th (1909).
Fourth Annual Report of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1908).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 4th (1908).
Minutes of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1898).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 [2nd] (1898).
Minutes of the Ninth Annual Convention, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1913).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 (1913).
Minutes of the Second Annual Convention of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association, (1899).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 [3rd] (1899).
Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association, 7th Annual Session (1911).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 7th (1911).
Program for the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1912).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 P76 1912.
Report of the Organization of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1897).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 [1st] (1897).
Second Quarterly Report, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1912).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M577 2nd qtr 1912/13.
Sixth Annual Report of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1910).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M57 6th (1910).
Somerville, Nellie Nugent.  Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association: Address of President (1912).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 S66 1912.
Third Quarterly Report, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association (1912-1913).  Call Number: JK1911 M7 M577 3rd qtr 1912/13.
Vardaman, James K.  Woman Suffrage: Speeches of Hon. James K. Vardaman of Mississippi in the Senate of the United States March 5 and 19, 1914 (Washington, DC: 1914).
The following volumes were catalogued and added to the Main Library stacks:
Catt, Carrie Chapman.  The World Movement for Woman Suffrage 1904 to 1911 (London: International Woman Suffrage Alliance, 1911).  Call Number: JF851 C38 1911.
Lagerlof, Selma.  Home and State (Woman Suffrage Party, n.d.).  Call Number: HQ1423 L334.

Collection History
Source of Collection
1979
Special Collections acquired the collection circa 1979..
Processing Information
2007-11-01
Leigh McWhite completed a revised finding aid for the collection.

Bibliography
Eaton, Clement.  "Breaking a Path for the Liberation of Women in the South" Georgia Review Vol. 28, No. 2 (1974), pp. 187-199.
Greene, Kate.  "Torts over Tempo: The Life and Career of Judge Burnita Shelton Matthews" Journal of Mississippi History Vol. 56, No. 3 (1994), pp. 181-210.
Hawks, Joanne Varner.  "Like Mother, Like Daughter: Nellie Nugent Somerville and Lucy Somerville Howorth" Journal of Mississippi History Vol. 45, No. 2 (1983), pp. 116-128.
Johnson, Kenneth R.  "Kate Gordon and the Woman-Suffrage Movement in the South" Journal of Southern History Vol. 38, No. 3 (August 1972), pp. 365-392.
Prince, Vinton M., Jr.  "Will Women Turn the Tide?: Mississippi Women and the 1922 United States Senate Race" Journal of Mississippi History Vol. 42, No. 3 (1980), pp. 212-220.
Schuyler, Lorraine Gates.  The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
Shawhan, Dorothy.  "Women behind The Woman Voter" Journal of Mississippi History Vol. 49, No. 2 (1987), pp. 15-128.
Swain, Martha H.; Elizabeth Anne Payne; and Marjorie Julian Spruill, eds.  Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.  The chapters on Nellie Nugent Somerville and Belle Kearney discuss the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association and briefly mention Lily W. Thompson.
Taylor, A. Elizabeth.  "The Woman Suffrage Movement in Mississippi, 1890-1920" Journal of Mississippi History Vol. 30, No. 1 (1968), pp. 1-34.
Wheeler, Marjorie Spruill.  New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
____________________, ed.  Votes for Women! The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995.

Box and Folder Listing
 
1898-1927, undated.
b1f1
Inventory of collection. undated. 6 pages.
b1f2
Letter from Dorothy Oldham to Mrs. DuAine Morgan. 9 May 1958. 1 page.
Re: University of Mississippi acquisition of collection.
b1f3
Letter from Mary [Carole Branch ____ford] to Thompson. 2 April 1909. 1 page.
Re: thanks for compiling information on Mississippi women; handwritten notation [by Thompson]..
b1f4
"Votes for Women" postcard addressed to Mrs. C.H. Thompson in New Orleans, Lousiana. undated.
b1f5
"Votes for Women" postcard addressed to Mrs. Lily W. Thompson in New Orleans, Louisiana. postmarked 1 April 1905.
b1f6
Woman's Suffrage postcard to President William Howard Taft from "Jackson Woman Suffragists". undated.
b1f7
Letter from Belle Kearney to "My Dear Friend". 22 April 1898. 4 pages.
Re: Kearney's meeting with Mississippi Governor Anselm McLaurin, women's suffrage, women's representation on the boards of trustees for Mississippi Industrial Institute & College, travel schedule.
b1f8
Form letter to newspaper editors. undated. 1 page.
Re: publication of articles on contributions and sketches of Mississippi women, woman suffrage.
b1f9
Broadside of open letter from Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, & Marion Bankston Trotter, President of the Mississippi Suffrage Association, to "The Suffragists of Mississippi". 14 May 1918. 1 page.
Re: campaign to influence congressional suffrage vote.
b1f10
Letter from President William Howard Taft to Thompson. 2 November 1909. 1 page, envelope.
Re: thanks for flowers sent by Jackson Woman Suffrage Club during visit to Jackson, Mississippi.
b1f11
Pamphlet "Senator Belle Kearney: Lecturer, Writer, Stateswoman". Circa 1927.
Re: biographical information, endorsements, lecture titles, press comments.
b1f12
Pamphlet "Senator Belle Kearney". Circa 1925.
Re: biographical information, lecture titles, endorsements.
b1f13
Broadside "Senator Belle Kearney: Author -- Traveler -- Lecturer -- Politician". undated. 1 page.
Re: lecture announcement.
b1f14
Broadside "Women as Trustees of Educational and Eleemosynary Institutions" (Greenville, MS: Times Print). 1915. 1 page.
b1f15
Handwritten manuscript "What Mississippi Women Want". undated. 5 pages.
Re: probation officers for juvenile offenders, factory inspectors, boards of eleemosynary institutions, education.
b1f16
Broadside "The Annie C. Peyton Memorial". undated. 1 page.
Re: Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
b1f17
Pamphlet "The Bible on Equal Suffrage" by H. Walter Featherstun. undated.
Note: "Written for the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association".
b1f18
Pamphlet "How Mississippi Women Work for the Ballot" by Nellie Nugent Somerville (Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association). undated.
b1f19
Typed manuscript "Woman's Suffrage" by Mary Scott of Clarksdale, Mississippi. undated. 6 pages.
b1f20
Typed manuscript, Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association Statement of Purpose. undated. 5 pages.
Re: history and policies.
b1f21
Handwritten draft of article for the Jackson Daily News. undated. 7 pages.
Re: Phoebe Cousins' opposition to woman suffrage.
b1f22
Handwritten essay. Undated. 11 pages.
Re: the stance of state newspapers on woman suffrage.
b1f23
Typed drafts of articles published in the Jackson Daily News. 1920. 6 pages.
Re: woman suffrage.
b1f24
Handwritten note. Undated. 1 page.
Re: Lily Thompson's contribution to a book on woman suffrage.
b1f25
Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association Letterhead. undated. 1 page.
b1f26
Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association Letterhead. Undated. 1 page.
b1f27
Handbill "Votes for Women" with Lincoln quote. Undated.
b1f28
Mississippi State Fair Ribbon. 1928.
b1f29
National American Woman Suffrage Association Ribbon. 1903.
b1f30
Equity League Minutes. December 1911 -- October 1914. handwritten ledger.
Re: woman suffrage organization in Jackson, Mississippi.
b1f31
Equity League Minutes. November 1914 -- September 1915. handwritten ledger.
b1f32
Equity League Minutes. October 1915 -- October 1916. handwritten ledger.
b1f33
The Woman Citizen. 16 June 1917.
b1f34
The Woman Citizen. 22 December 1917.
b1f35
The Woman Citizen. 29 December 1917.
b1f36
The Woman Citizen. 5 January 1918.
b1f37
The Woman Citizen. 20 July 1918.
b1f38
The Woman Citizen. 27 July 1918.
b1f39
The Woman Citizen. 3 August 1918.
b1f40
The Woman Citizen. 5 October 1918.
b1f41
The Woman Citizen. 17 May 1919.
b1f42
The Woman Citizen. 9 August 1919.
b1f43
The Woman Citizen. 30 October 1920.
b1f44
The Woman Citizen. 6 November 1920.
 
1907-1920.
b2f1
Vardaman's Weekly (Jackson, Mississippi). 12 June 1919.
Re: cover story "Woman Suffrage".
b2f1
Vardaman's Weekly (Jackson, Mississippi). 5 June 1919.
Note: editorial comment on woman suffrage on page 6.
b2f1
The Woman's Journal. 13 May 1911.
b2f1
The Woman's Journal. 21 September 1907.
b2f1
Woman's Journal and Suffrage News. 27 February 1915.
b2f1
The Woman's Journal. 20 May 1911.
b2f1
Greene County Herald (Leakesville, Mississippi). 20 September 1907.
Note: page 2 contains an essay by Lily Thompson entitled "Does the Mississippi Woman Deserve Citizenship".
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 8 January 1920.
Note: "Suffrage Subject Awakens Interest" in "Seen and Heard Under the Dome" column, p. 5.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion Ledger. 7 January 1920.
Note: "Rhode Island Ratifies Suffrage," p. 1; "Kentucky Ratifies," p. 2.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion Ledger. 14 January 1920.
Note: "Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, Mr. Attorney General Palmer," p. 1, re: Mississippi ratification of suffrage amendment; "Henry Watterson Speaks Against Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Woman Bible," p. 3; "Opposed to the Amendment," p. 8.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion Ledger. 20 July 1919.
Note: "After all their blow and bluster getting their Antony-negro-woman-suffrage amendment adopted…," p. 4.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 5 December 1919.
Note: "Suffragists Organize for Decisive Front," p. 5.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 20 January 1919.
Note: "The Fight for Suffrage" by Lily Wilkinson Thompson, p. 4.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 30 September 1918.
Note: "President Wilson Asks Passage at Once of the Suffrage Resolution: Votes for Women Aid to Victory," pp. 1 & 6.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 28 July 1912.
Note: "Popular Chautanquan for Woman Suffrage".
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. undated.
Note: "A Vain Expectation," re: suffrage amendment to Mississippi constitution.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 17 February 1920.
Note: "Reject the Susan B. Anthony Amendment -- Save Your State Control of Suffrage," p. 1; "Cleans up Susan Today," p. 4.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 3 February 1920.
Note: "Suffrage Bill Is Defeated in Senate," pp. 1-2.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 3 February 1920.
Note: "A Good Bill to Kill: The Woman's Primary Election Bill Which Comes Up in Senate To-day," p.1.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 6 February 1920.
Note: "Primary Suffrage Bill Is Finally Killed in Senate," p. 6.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 22 January 1920.
Note: "The expected happened.  Our esteemed morning contemporary assumes unto itself the whole credit for defeating the Federal Suffrage amendment…," p. 4; "The suffrage leaders say that when some of those men…," p. 4; "Suffrage Leaders Feeling Cheerful," p. 5.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 10 January 1920.
Note: "Will the Legislature Ratify" by Belle Kearney, p. 3.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 20 January 1920.
Note:.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 30 March 1920.
Note: "Woman Suffrage Today Ratified by Repentant Senate," p. 1; "Anthony Amendment Ratified," p. 2.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 11 March 1920.
Note: "West Virginia Joins Suffragettes," p. 1.
b2f2
Jackson Daily Clarion-Ledger. 14 March 1920.
Note: "Suffragists Playing with Legislators," p. 4.
b2f2
Jackson Daily News. 8 August 1920.
Note: "'Vote YES!' They Urge Tennessee Solons," pp. 1-2.
 
1909-1938, undated.
b3
Scrapbook. 1900-1926. Contains newspaper clippings, ephemera.
Re: woman suffrage & Lily W. Thompson.
b3f1
Progress (Official Organ of the National American Woman Suffrage Association). January 1909, March 1909, February 1910, June 1910.
b3f2
Broadside "Does the Mississippi Woman Deserve Citizenship?" by Lily Wilkinson Thompson. Undated.
 
Clippings. .
b3f3
Courier-Journal. 30 October 1938.
Note: "These Board Wives Were Bored," sec. 2, p. 2.
b3f3
Jackson Daily News. 22 January 1922.
Note: "Suffrage for Women" by Lily Wilkinson Thompson," p. 6.
b3f3
"Suffrage for Women: Lily W. Thompson Issues Address". Undated.
b3f3
"The Fight for Suffrage by Women of Mississippi" by Belle Kearney. Undated.
Note:  Annotation "This was re-published from Jackson News May 14, 1914.".
b3f3
Yazoo City Herald. 17 July 1936.
Note: "The Fight for Suffrage by Women of Mississippi" by Belle Kearney.
b3f3
Jackson Daily News. 1931.
b3f3
Jackson Daily News. 10 February 1912.
Note: "Suffrage for Women" by Lily Wilkinson Thompson.
b3f3
Jackson Daily News. 8 February 1929.
Note: "Miss Thompson and Mr. Shamel Marry in in Galloway Church Thursday Evening," p 4.
b3f3
Jackson Daily News. 28 July 1929.
b3f3
"In the House". Undated.
Re: Address of Kate Gordon to women in the Mississippi House of Representatives; sponsored by Belle Kearney & Lily Wilkinson Thompson.
b3f3
clipping fragment. Undated.
Re: woman suffrage & prohibition in Mississippi.
b3f4
Program "Unveiling Exercises of the Monument to the Women of the Confederacy of Mississippi" (Jackson, MS: Tucker Printing House). Undated. 2 copies.
b3f5
Pamphlet "To the Agents of the Reliance Life Insurance Company". 26 December 1910.
Note: discussion of applicants secured by C.H. & S.B. Thompson in Rockfort and Georgetown, Mississippi.
b3f6
Cover of Time. 3 January 1938.
Re: "Man and Wife of the Year".