May Wright Sewall Papers

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May Wright Sewall Papers
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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Letter from Alice Cliff Scatcherd to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Alice Cliff Scatcherd to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Alice Cliff Scatcherd to May Wright Sewall. Description: (Leeds) I have been nursing the sick and dying. Had 4 close deaths in 16 months. We have no such National Council of Women as you speak of - our party lines forbid that. The Primrose League is a great body so...

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Letter from Anna H. Shaw to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Anna H. Shaw to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Anna H. Shaw to May Wright Sewall. Description: (Harper, Kansas) This is a personal note. The four weeks of meetings were glorious until last night - floods! Speaks of Rachel's baby. I have two weeks more work in Kansas then a week in Missouri. Women's suffrage...

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Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall. Description: Helmholtz writes from Denver that she has received a letter from Countess Bruhl, Lady in Waiting of Empress Frederic, saying that her majesty wished to express to Mrs. Sewall her best remembrances and...

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Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Anna von Helmholtz to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mrs. Helmholtz writes to Mrs. Sewall to tell her that, although she was unable to come to Chicago for the Congress, now she is there traveling with her husband. She will not be able to visit. They are leaving...

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Letter from Annie Besant to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Annie Besant to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Annie Besant to May Wright Sewall. Description: Besant offers theosophical comfort on the death of Mr. Sewall, suggesting that their bond was not broken. She is sending "The Ancient Wisdom," her teachings on this life and the higher life in book form. As a young...

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Letter from Antoinette Brown (Mrs. Samuel C.) Blackwell to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Antoinette Brown (Mrs. Samuel C.) Blackwell to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Antoinette Brown (Mrs. Samuel C.) Blackwell to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mrs. Blackwell tells Sewall of her preferences in terms of speaking at the Congress of Representative Women. For a shorter talk, she would prefer to speak on "Woman in the Pulpit"; for 15...

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Letter from Arthur G. Porter to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Arthur G. Porter to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Arthur G. Porter to May Wright Sewall. Description: Regarding portrait to be hung on the Indiana State Building. Mentions insurance to furnish new ones if any are lost. Indianapolis resident. Correspondent: Porter, Arthur G. Date: 1893-04-24; 1893 Time period: 1890s...

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Letter from Arthur Lynch to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Arthur Lynch to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Arthur Lynch to May Wright Sewall. Description: (Paris). I will speak on the Transvaal question on July 24. Although I did a good deal of public speaking I now dislike it so I dare say I shall be a failure. Besides I get afraid in the society of clever women. I feel...

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Letter from Augustus Koopman to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Augustus Koopman to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Augustus Koopman to May Wright Sewall. Description: (From St. John's Wood, London) Explains moving, etc. - did not get May Wright Sewall's letter. I sorted what pictures were not sold and destroyed some - I never considered your portrait as doing you justice - that...

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Letter from Baroness Alexandra Gripenberg to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Baroness Alexandra Gripenberg to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Baroness Alexandra Gripenberg to May Wright Sewall. Description: Countess Gripenberg writes to invite Mrs. Sewall to travel with her in Europe between meetings in London and Berlin. If she is unable, Gripenberg requests that Sewall provide her with introductions to...

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