Complementing the division's women's suffrage collections are numerous materials documenting women's involvement in the nineteenth-century abolition and temperance movements as well as their work in twentieth-century campaigns for African American civil rights, women's rights, and a host of Progressive reform initiatives.
Women's reform efforts brought them into arenas and activities often thought to be outside women's proper sphere. Most of
the reformers represented in the division's collections were from the middle and upper classes, but their papers and those
of the organizations they founded have been successfully used by historians studying the confluence of class and gender and analyzing elite attitudes
toward the people they hoped to assist or reform or both.
National Women's Trade League, 6th Biennial Convention. 1917 June. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-59750.