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Mariana Wright Chapman Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-260
Family papers of Mariana Wright Chapman. Includes her correspondence received while she was active in suffrage activities in New York State, 1893-1900, family letters, particularly between Mariana and Noah, and the correspondence of the Wrights, the Chapmans, and of her son, A.Wright Chapman. The collection also includes Mariana's journals from 1895-1900, that of Caroline Willets, 1842-1846, and as well as suffrage memorabilia, family copybooks and albums, and financial records, including an account book of the Manhasssett Association of Relief, 1861-1871.

Dates

  • 1808-1983 (bulk: 1842-1911)

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Curator of Friends Historical Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of any copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

3.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Overview

Mariana Wright Chapman was a prominant New York Quaker suffragist. The collection includes correspondence received while she was active in suffrage activities in New York State, 1893-1900, family letters, particularly between Mariana and her husband, Noah, and the correspondence of the Wrights, the Chapmans, and of her son, A.Wright Chapman. The collection also includes Mariana's journals from 1895-1900, that of Caroline Willets, 1842-1846, and as well as suffrage memorabilia, family copybooks and albums, and financial records, including an account book of the Manhasssett Association of Relief, 1861-1871.

Biographical / Historical

Mariana Wright Chapman was born in New York City in 1843, the daughter of Quakers Aaron and Mary Willets Wright. She attended Friends Institute, later called Friends Seminary, until her family's move to Springboro, Ohio, in the early 1850s. She spent two years at Antioch College. In 1864 she married Noah H. Chapman under the care of Springboro Monthly Meeting. The young family moved east in 1880 and purchased a home in Brooklyn, New York.

As their three sons and two daughters got older, Mariana became active in the struggle for woman suffrage. Her interest had been aroused in the mid 1880s when she attended a women's suffrage meeting and was inspired by the speakers. She was eventually named President of the Women's Suffrage Association of Brooklyn and then resigned to take the office of president of the New York State Suffrage Association. She was also a member of the Brooklyn Women's Club from 1888 until her death, was a charter member of the New York League for Political Education, and was instrumental in founding the Friends Equal Rights Association. In addition to suffrage, she was also actively involved in other social and religious concerns, particularly prison reform, peace, and education. She died at her country home in Port Washington, New York, in 1907, after a long illness.

Noah H. Chapman was born in Ohio in 1836, the son of Joseph B. and Charlotte Haines Chapman. He worked in the dry goods business in Cincinnati, and, after the move to New York in 1880, was a member of the firm of what became Field, Chapman, & Co., commission merchants. He was also an Elder of New York Monthly Meeting.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Anne Chapman Booth, 2006.

Gift, Estate of Anne Chapman Booth, 2007.

Gift, Estate of Anne Chapman Booth, 2014.017.

Related Materials

Friends Historical Library also has the records of the Friends Equal Rights Association, 1900-1917 (SC/179).

Separated Materials

Photographs which were received with this collection have been removed and filed separately, PA138.

Processing Information

Most of the suffrage correspondence was contained in a letter file, filed alphabetically by correspondant. A few later letters from co-suffragists were also found with family correspondence and were filed with the former.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Family Papers of Mariana Wright Chapman, 1808-1983
Author
FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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