The papers of the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission measure 2.5 linear inches and date from 1906 to 1941. The bulk of the collection consists of pamphlets and correspondence, although speeches, news bulletins, newspaper clippings, reports to members, contracts and articles of incorporation are also included. The collection contains one photograph and two ribbons from conventions.
Most of the correspondence comes in the form of letters between Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Women's Suffrage Association and honorary president of the commission, Mary A. Hunter, president of the commission. Even after the commission erected its memorial, the two women remained in contact, discussing in particular the preservation of materials relating to the women's suffrage movement, especially Iowa.
The pamphlets included in the collection are primarily propaganda material intended to persuade an audience to give women the right to vote and bulletins from suffrage conventions such as Iowa Equal Suffrage Association (IESA) meetings in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Corydon and Boone. Also included among the pamphlets are programs from memorial services for Susan B. Anthony and Anna Shaw; the latter includes Carrie Chapman Catt's thoughts on Shaw.
A photograph of the bas relief memorial, taken in Nellie Walker's studio in Chicago, is included in this collection. Two ribbons are also included, one from the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association's 36th convention in 1907 and one from the IESA's 41st convention in 1912.
This collection consists of duplicates from a larger collection of Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission records held by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.