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Mary Jane Coggeshall artifacts

Identifier: IWA1179

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Jane Coggeshall artifacts date from 1896 to 1909 and measure 3 linear inches. The artifacts are for the most part duplicates of items from the Mary Jane Coggeshall papers at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. The artifacts reflect Coggeshall’s political activism in Des Moines, Iowa in the late 19th and early 20th century. These include two yellow flags with “votes for women” printed on them and six red, white and blue flags with the words “Let Iowa Women Vote: Add Another Star to the Flag of Free States” on them, and three souvenir coins from events and conferences. Additionally, the collection includes several ribbons promoting Iowa and Des Moines organizations such as the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association, the Chauncey DePew Club, the Unity Circle, the presidential campaign of Senator W.B. Allison and other organizations. Lastly, there are eight buttons depicting political figures including Mary Jane Coggeshall and suffragist Anna Howard Shaw.


  • Creation: 1896-1909


Conditions Governing Access

The artifacts are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Jane Coggeshall came to Iowa from Indiana in 1865 with her husband John Milton Coggeshall and their children. From her home in Des Moines, Coggeshall was active in the cause for women’s suffrage on a state and national level. In 1870, she became a charter member of the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association (later known as the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association.) She served as the editor of its newspaper, The Women’s Standard, and as the Association’s president in 1890 to 1891 and 1903 to 1905. For the cause of women’s suffrage, she addressed Iowa House and Senate committees, and served on the board of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She marched in Boone, Iowa’s 1908 suffrage parade (one of the first in the United States), and Carrie Chapman Catt called her “the mother of woman suffrage in Iowa.” Coggeshall died in 1911 and was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990.


3.00 linear inches

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A suffragist from Des Moines, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 655) were donated by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University in 2018.

Related Materials

Papers of Mary Jane Coggeshall, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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