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Guide to the Laura Gordon papers [ca. 1856-1882]
BANC MSS 80/108 c  
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Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written by Mrs. Gordon, 1870-1882, to friends and family, describing her journalistic and legal work and her activities on behalf of woman suffrage. (21 letters in one folder).

Boxes 1-2

Letters written to her. Arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically thereunder. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key. Most of the letters relate to the woman suffrage movement, especially in California, but also at the national level. Some reflect Mrs. Gordon's legal activities, and her earlier newspaper work. Letters from her husband contain information concerning the Civil War and his life and medical practice in Mokelumne.

Box 1

A - Q

Box 2

R - Z

Box 2

Unlisted letters, A-Z


Unidentified letters


Miscellaneous accounts, 1876-1880


Calling and business cards


Invitations and memberships


Ephemeral materials relating to politics and suffrage


Clippings re Mrs. Gordon and the suffrage movement

Partial List of Correspondents


Allen, Ira


Letter, Dec. 27, 1869, re arrangements for a woman suffrage meeting in Watsonville.


Ames, Fanny (Baker), 1840-1930 (Mrs. Charles Gordon Ames)


Letter, Feb. 2, 1870


Anthony, Susan Brownell, 1820-1906


7 letters, 1869-1877


Avery, Alida C


2 letters, 1877, re woman suffrage in Colorado.


Bacon, George Andrew, 1847-1930


Letter, Aug. 16, 1865


Bancroft (A.L.) and Company, San Francisco


Letter, June 19, 1877, by Cosville Libby


Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?


Letter, Nov. 15, 1875


Blake, Lillie (Devereux), 1833-1913


Letter, n.d., re suffrage convention in New York.


Broughton, W. W.


Letter, Oct. 8, 1870, re woman suffrage in Santa Cruz.


Carr, Jeanne C. (Mrs. Ezra Slocum Carr)


2 letters, June 8, 1878 and n.d., re suffrage movement in California. Enclosure to 1878 letter: letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Undated letter written on verso of letter from Laura J. Watkins.


Chandler, Lucinda B.


Letter, July 22, 1871, re woman suffrage in Massachusetts.


Clapp, H. K.


Letter, Dec. 23, 1871, re floods in Carson City, and re activates of Susan B. Anthony.


Curtis, Celia


2 letters, 1869-1870, re woman suffrage in San Francisco.


Denio, Angie S.


Letter, Oct. 23, 1871, re woman suffrage in Vallejo.


Doten, Lizzie, 1829-


2 letters, 1861-1864


Eddy, Almira H.


2 letters, 1878-1881, re her role in the suffrage movement from 1869, and her later views on the subject.


Foltz, Clara (Shortridge), 1849-1934 (Mrs. Jeremiah Richard Foltz)


4 letters, 1878 and n.y., re suffrage movement in California.


Fox, Dorus M.


2 letters, 1862, re civil war.


Freeman, Abraham Clark, 1843-1911


Letter, Dec. 16, 1871, re California law relative to separate property of married women.


Gage, Matilda (Joslyn), 1826-1898


4 letters, 1874-1880, re work for woman suffrage.


Ginn, John I.


Letter, Sept. 15, n.y.


Goodrich, Sara Knox


5 letters, 1878-1881, re work for woman suffrage in California.


Gordon, Charles H, 1833-


32 letters, 1863-1868. Early letters re Civil War experiences at camps in Rhode Island; later letters re life in Mokelumne, local politics, his own writing, comments on his wife's work and on suffrage activity in California, and information on his medical practice in Mokelumne.


Griffing, Emma, 1841-


Letter, Sept. 5, 1871, written on behalf of her mother, Josephine Sophia White Griffing, re woman suffrage.


Griffing, Josephine Sophia (White), 1814-1872 (Mrs. Charles Stockman Spooner Griffing


Letter, Sept. 11, 1871, re woman suffrage. See also Griffing, Emma.


Griffith, John L.


Letter, Dec. 16, 1870, to Samuel J. Alden, on behalf of Mrs. Gordon, who wished to speak in Georgetown on woman suffrage.


Hinton, Richard Josiah, 1830-1901


Letter, Mar. 5, 1877, re San Francisco Daily Evening Post.


Hutchinson, Abigail Jemima, 1829-1892


Johnson, J. A.


Letter, May 22, 1875


Kirby, Georgiana Bruce


Letter, Dec. 31, n.y., re woman suffrage in California.


Leavitt, Mrs. C. C.


Letter, Jan. 3, 1870, re arrangements for Laura Gordon's lecture tour in the Nevada City-Grass Valley area.


Link, H.


19 letters, 1860-1864, re spiritualism.


Maguire, James George, 1853-1920


Letter, Jan. 30, 1880, congratulating her on her admission to the Bar and on the success of the mandamus case instituted by Clara Foltz and Laura Gordon. Also comments on woman's rights in Washington Territory.


Mulford, Prentice, 1834-1891


Letter, Dec. 31, 1869, giving advice re woman suffrage.


Murphy, R W


Letter, June 11, 1878, re her acceptance as a delegate to a convention, and re his interest in the suffrage movement.


Palmer, Cynthia M


4 letters, 1870-1871, re woman suffrage in Nevada City.


Patton, Abby (Hutchinson), 1829-1892 (Mrs. Ludlow Patton)


2 letters, 1880-1881. Letter from her husband, Ludlow Patton, also included.


Pratt, R H


Letter, Dec. 8, 1870, re the suffrage movement in Carlin, Nevada.


Ringgold, Charles S


2 letters, 1879, re the passage of a section of an act relating to woman suffrage in California.


Safford, A. P. K ., 1828-


Letter, May 1, 1877


Safford, Jenny L. T.


2 letters, 1870-1871. 1870 letter re suffrage movement in San Diego.


Sargent, Ellen Clark (Mrs. Aaron Augustus Sargent)


7 letters, 1871 and n.d., re woman suffrage. Some refer to writing the history of the movement in California.


Savage, Myron H.


Letter, Mar. 15, 1882, requesting a statement on woman suffrage.


Schenck, Elizabeth T.


Letter, July 20, 1871, re suffrage.


Spencer, Sara Andrews


Postcard, July 12, 1880, re suffrage.


Sprague, Mrs. C. H.


Letter, Mar. 18, 1880, re woman suffrage in Woodland.


Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902


Steele, Rowena G


9 letters, 1880-1882. Letter, July 21, 1880, written on verso of letter by David Terry to Mrs. Steele. Some re legal case Mrs. Gordon handled for Mrs. Steele.


Stevens, Emily Pitts


2 letters, 1871, written from the office of the San Francisco Pioneer, re woman suffrage.


Stow, Mrs.


Letter, July 25, 1881, re woman suffrage in San Francisco.


Tallmadge, Frank W.


14 letters, 1856-1861


Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889


5 letters, 1877-1878. Some re woman suffrage. See also Steele, Rowena G.


Van Valkenburgh, Ellen R.


Letter, Oct. 13?, 1871, re woman suffrage in California.


Walcott, Josephine


4 letters, 1878-1879, re woman suffrage in California.


Wallis, Sarah (Mrs. Joseph S. Wallis)


4 letters, 1871-1881, re woman suffrage in California.


Waterhouse, L. G.


Letter, July 22, 1881, re woman suffrage in Pacific Grove.


Watkins, Laura J.