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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alice Park Papers
    Dates: 1798-1953
    Bulk dates: 1902-1920
    Collection Call Number: mssPK 1-338
    Creator: Park, Alice, 1861-1961
    Extent: 8 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection chiefly contains correspondence and papers related to the reform interests of California feminist and pacifistic Alice Park (1861-1961), particularly women's rights, as well as some materials concerning Park family matters.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Alice Park Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gifts of Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee of California, 1945-1956.

    Biographical Note

    Alice Locke Park (1861-1961), feminist, reformer, and pacifist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1861, but lived most of her life in California. She was active in both national and international organizations for the improvement of prison conditions, labor laws, human education, wild life conservation, and the preservation of natural resources. Her primary interest, however, was in women's rights, and she was assistant director of the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee of California. She wrote and promoted the California law, adopted in 1913, granting women equal rights of guardianship over their children. Park died in 1961.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains primarily correspondence about Alice Park's reforming interests, centering on the cause of women's rights and including papers related to the passage of the constitutional amendment granting suffrage to women. The collection also includes her autobiography [PK 7] and a biographical sketch of Katherine Marie ("Kitty") Marion [PK 128].
    Significant items found in the collection include: Letters to and from horticulturalist Luther Burbank (1849-1926), establishing March 7, Burbank's birthday, as Bird and Arbor Day; a 1925 letter from the office of architect Myron Hunt (1868-1952); correspondence from author Mary Austin (1868-1934), explaining her background and offering the use of her name towards women suffrage activities; letters from American novelist and socialist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968); and a 1925 letter from Park to birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger (1879-1966). The collection also contains various pieces of printed material (1798-1807).


    Boxes 1-7 contain correspondence arranged chronologically. Box 8 contains oversize items.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Park, Alice, 1861-1961

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Feminists--United States--Archives
    Suffragists--United States--Archives
    Women--Suffrage--United States--History--19th century--Sources
    Women--Suffrage--United States--History--20th century--Sources
    Women's rights--United States--History--Sources
    Austin, Mary, 1868-1934
    Baker, Frederick, active 1928-1937
    Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
    Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
    Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926
    Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
    Foltz, Clara
    Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931
    Keith, Mary McHenry, 1855-1947
    Loebinger, Sofia M
    Marion, Kitty
    Munds, Frances
    Pankhurst, E. Sylvia (Estelle Sylvia), 1882-1960
    Ryan, Agnes E., 1878-1954
    Salt, Henry S., 1851-1939
    Sargent, Ellen Clark
    Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914
    Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
    Watson, Elizabeth Lowe


    Letters (correspondence)--United States