Top of page

Category: Researcher Stories

Monochrome portrait of Kelley, facing camera

Florence Kelley and the Feminist Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920s

Posted by: Josh Levy

In 1921, when the National Woman’s Party drafted a constitutional amendment declaring equal rights for men and women, one of the most formidable opponents of the amendment was a friend and ally in the suffrage movement. Florence Kelley, a leading reformer and head of the National Consumers’ League, feared the amendment would put hard-earned workplace protections in jeopardy.

Handwritten copy (with deletions crossed out and additions added) of the first few sentence of Jefferson

“Great Elocutionary Power and Dramatic Force”: George Kennan’s Lectures on Russia as Reported in American Newspapers, 1889-1893

Posted by: Laura Kells

In a class project for a course on Imperial Russian history at Virginia Tech, students learned about the Manuscript Division's holdings of explorer and lecturer George Kennan's personal papers and examined newspaper accounts of his lectures using the Library's Chronicling America website.