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International Council of Women Collected Records

 Collection — othertype: CDG-B
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-B-Great Britain-International Council of Women


Collection is primarily printed correspondence, flyers, reports, and news clippings; correspondents include Elizabeth Cadbury.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1888-1947


Language of Material

Materials are primarily in English, with some reports trilingual in English, German, and French.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

International Council of Women: ICW; in the 1880s the American suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony contacted several women's advocates in France and Great Britain (Margaret E. Parker, Priscilla Bright McLaren, Margaret Bright Lucas, Alice Lyle Scatcherd, Hubertine Auclert, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stanton, and Charlotte B. Wilbour) hoping to create an organization dedicated to the question of women's suffrage. The goal of the organization was to promote unity and mutual understanding between women working for the common good. On March 25, 1888, during a conference organized by the National Women's Suffrage Association in Washington, D.C., the International Council of Women (ICW) was officially formed. Its intention was not merely to bring together women from across the globe, but also to provide coordination for national women's movements. As such, the ICW was intended as a federation of national organizations. To this end, national councils -- umbrella organizations for various women's organizations in each country -- were established. The first three countries to found national councils were the United States (1893), Canada (1897), and Germany (1897). These three national councils were followed by many more in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Argentina established a national council and joined the ICW in 1901, and Austria followed suit two years later.--Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers.


0.42 Linear Feet (5 linear inches.)


Records are arranged chronologically.

General Note

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the archives of this organization.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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