May Wright Sewall Papers

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The May Wright Sewall Papers are a collection of documents comprised of approximately 500 letters written to May Wright Sewall dated between 1879 and 1919, and three guest books with remarks and signatures from 197 guests of the Sewall house. The correspondents represented in this collection include not only people important to the history of Indiana but also those involved in national and international politics, social movements, and the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These letters offer a fascinating first-hand glimpse into the issues of the times. Unbound by tradition, May Eliza Wright Sewall (1844-1920) endeavored to do all she could for causes still being fought for today-education, women’s rights, cultural enrichment, and world peace. From modest beginnings as a teacher in a one-room Wisconsin school, she became one of the leading citizens of Indianapolis and founder-with her husband Theodore-of the Girls’ Classical School of Indianapolis. Sewall helped to form many of the city’s enduring organizations: the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Contemporary Club and the Art Association of Indianapolis which has grown into the internationally-respected Indianapolis Museum of Art. She worked tirelessly on behalf of rights for women in the United States - and around the world - giving the women’s movement an international focus through her pioneering involvement with the International Council of Women and the American National Council of Women. For more information, contact Victoria Duncan, Digital Projects Coordinator: vduncan@indypl.org

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Albert Apponyi to May Wright Sewall

Albert Apponyi to May Wright Sewall

Albert Apponyi to May Wright Sewall

3 pages: 33% indexed, 33% transcribed, 67% needs review
Clotilde Apponyi to May Wright Sewall 7

Clotilde Apponyi to May Wright Sewall 7

Clotilde Apponyi to May Wright Sewall 7

4 pages: 0% indexed, 75% transcribed, 25% needs review
Frances E. Willard to May Wright Sewall

Frances E. Willard to May Wright Sewall

4 pages: 50% indexed, 75% transcribed, 25% needs review
James Lane Allen to May Wright Sewall 4

James Lane Allen to May Wright Sewall 4

James Lane Allen to May Wright Sewall 4

4 pages: 25% indexed, 75% transcribed, 25% needs review
Kathleen Lyttleton to May Wright Sewall

Kathleen Lyttleton to May Wright Sewall

3 pages: 0% indexed, 67% transcribed, 33% needs review
Letter from (Princess Marthe Engalitcheff?) to May Wright Sewall

Letter from (Princess Marthe Engalitcheff?) to May Wright Sewall

Metadata: Title: Letter from (Princess Marthe Engalitcheff?) to May Wright Sewall Description: The writer, apparently on a lecture tour, regrets missing Sewall's note at her last stop. She mentions overhearing positive reports on the Women's Congress and sends her regards to Mr....

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Letter from a German lady to May Wright Sewall

Letter from a German lady to May Wright Sewall

Metadata: Title: Letter from a German lady to May Wright Sewall Description: The author regrets that she will be unable to call upon Mrs. Sewall but recommends that she might want talk with Frau Scheppler-Lette and Frau von Helmholtz. Uncertain of writer's name. Subject: Sewall, May Wright,...

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Letter from Agnes Fletcher to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Agnes Fletcher to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Agnes Fletcher to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mrs. Fletcher writes to thank Mrs. Sewall for her hospitality, a funny and flowery note about "yesterday's enjoyment spent at your house". Agnes Fletcher, an Indianapolis friend of Sewall, possibly wife of William...

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Letter from Albert J. Beveridge to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Albert J. Beveridge to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Albert J. Beveridge to May Wright Sewall. Description: Senator Beveridge acknowledges Sewall's congratulations on his election. Her letter seems to have included some suggestions for him in his new role. He promises to consider them and will call upon her soon to...

3 pages: 0% indexed, 67% transcribed, 33% needs review
Letter from Alcée Fortier to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Alcée Fortier to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Alcée Fortier to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mr. Fortier accepts an invitation to speak at the Contemporary Club of Indianapolis. He lists lectures that he has given previously, on Louisiana, on travel to France and on French drama. Alcee Fortier was a...

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