[Unidentified women’s group gathers at the Capitol], circa 1910, C10563, Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives.
Many social groups existed for women in the late 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century, more and more women’s groups started taking on political issues.
The following resources from the Austin History Center Collections were used for this exhibit and contain additional materials related to the history of women in politics. They can be viewed on site in the Reading Room.
The Austin Files have both textual and photographic components. The text files contain clippings, brochures, press releases, campaign materials, oral history transcripts and other printed ephemera. The photograph files contain photographs. Some subjects have both text and photograph files but some only have one or the other.
A8500(13) Austin -- History -- Archives War
C4030 City Council
P5300 Political Parties
(9) Travis County Democratic Women's Committee
(17) Austin Republican Women's Club
(19) Texas Federation of Republican Women
T0750 Temperence Movement
V3500(2) Voters and Voting -- League of Women Voters
W4800 Women -- Societies and Clubs
(5) Austin Federation of Women's Clubs
(14) Texas Federation of Women's Clubs
W4900 Women -- Suffrage
W5000 Women (contains many pertinent subcategories)
(22) Texas Women's Political Caucus
Austin Files -- Biography
Ames, Jessie Daniel
Bickler, Jacob, 1849-1902 -- Bickler, Martha
Blanton, Annie Webb
Bode, Mary Jane
Briscoe, Dolph, Jr. -- Briscoe, Janey Slaughter
Clements, WIlliam Perry, Jr. -- Clements, Rita Crocker Bass
Cunningham, Minnie Fisher
Delco, Exalton A., Jr. -- Delco, Wilhelmina
Eberly, Angelina Belle Peyton
Ferguson, James Edward -- Ferguson, Miriam A.
Fisher, Rebecca Jane Gilleland, 1831-1926
Hofmann, Otto J. -- Hofmann, Margret
Johnson, Lyndon Baines -- Johnson, Lady Bird
Linn, Emma Lou
Long, Emma Jackson
McCallum, Jane Yelvington
Moody, Daniel J. -- Moody, Mildred Paxton
Pease, Elisha Marshall -- Pease, Lucadia Christiana Niles
Richards, Ann Willis
Sevier, Henry Hulme -- Sevier, Clara Driscoll
Weddington, Sarah Ragle
West, Elizabeth Howard
White, Mark -- White, Linda Gale
AR.A.001. Pease-Graham-Niles Papers
AR.E.004. Jane Yelvington Legette McCallum Papers
AR.O.017. Austin (Tex.) City Council. Margret Hofmann Records
AR.P.002. Austin (Tex.). Mayor's Office. Carole Keeton McClellan Papers
AR.S.012. Mary Jane Bode Papers
AR.Y.005. Bickler Papers
AR.Z.036. Austin (Tex.). City Council. Sally Shipman Records
AR.1991.010. Mildred Paxton Moody Papers
AR.1995.002. Von Rosenberg Family Papers
AR.2006.013. Emilie Limberg Papers
AR.2011.005. Stuart and Emma Long Papers
The Hubert Jones Glass Plate Collection contains many photographs of sites and scenes from life in early Austin as well as many portraits, mostly unidentified, of women.
The Austin American-Statesman Negative Collection documents many news-worthy events, including many political scenes and political players. The negatives at the AHC span 1958-1982.
Neal Douglass was the first photojournalist for the Austin American-Statesman and then ran his own photography business in the mid-twentieth century, often photographing prominent people and politicians.
Bill Malone was photographer for the State Legislature from the 1960s through the early 1990s and his Collection of negatives includes many politicians. Consult the Photography Archivist for access to this collection.
The Artifacts Collection contains many buttons, bumper stickers, and similar campaign materials. Consult the staff to access these items.
[Petri Family Portrait], circa 1890s, J125, Hubert Jones Glass Plate Collection.
In the 19th century women’s lives were typically focused on their families. This portrait exemplifies that idea, as Clara Mossler Petri is surrounded by her children, Louisa Antoinette, Arthur Otto, and Charles Hubert Junior.
[Group of women gathered for a convention in Houston], 1911, PICA 16634.
The convention that these women are attending is unidentified. It may have been a social gathering but might also have been a political rally, as many of the women are wearing lapel pins and ribbons.
[Women stenographers of the 35th Legislature], 1917, PICA 23540, Walter E. Long Collection.
In the early 20th century, women rarely held elected office but increasingly had jobs in behind-the-scenes positions. This group portrait depicts the women who were the stenographers for the 35th Legislative session.
That Texas Legislative Service Gang, May 25, 1937, PICA 19229.
The women in this portrait presumably were secretaries and administrative assistants at the Capitol, as they are posing with telephones, typewriters, and reports.
Equal Rights for Women Senate Hearing, February 24, 1959, AS-59-21912-01, Austin American-Statesman Negative Collection.
Dallas Attorney Betty Roberts argues at a Texas Senate committee hearing for Equal Rights for Women in front of Senators Abraham Kazen, Wardlow Lane, Jimmy Phillips, and Jep Fuller.
[Re-enactment of women registering to vote], June 1987, AR.2010.012(002). Austin Women’s History Network Records.
Sixty-nine years after Texas women won the right to vote, local women of the Texas Women’s History Network commemorated the event by re-enacting the historic photograph of women registering to vote for the first time in Travis County.
The Women's Resource Guide has many more sources of information relating to women in the AHC collections.
The Texas Historical Association's Handbook of Texas Online has many encyclopedic articles about prominent Texans, inlucding many of the women in the exhibit, and events in Texas history.
Were there women that should have been included in this exhibit that we left out? Perhaps we did not have enough archival materials or photographs in our collections to be able to include them. We rely on donations to build our collections. If you have materials you would like to donate, see our donations page for information about making contributions to our collections.