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Mary Grace Canfield papers, 1888-1937.
Canfield, Mary Grace, 1864-1946.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 419  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Canfield, Mary Grace, 1864-1946.
Title : Mary Grace Canfield papers, 1888-1937.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (1 box and 2 ovs folders)
Summary :

The Mary Grace Canfield Papers are the notes, published articles, and correspondence generated during research for her book Lafayette in Vermont, describing the Marquis de Lafayette's 1825 visit to Vermont. There is also correspondence, 1931-1937, concerning the book's publication in 1934 including critiques, reviews, and orders. Canfield created a scrapbook ca. 1934 with newspaper clippings about Lafayette written on the 100th anniversary of his death, and photographs and postcards showing places he visited in June 1825. A second scrapbook is made up of some of Canfield's research correspondence, 1933-1934.

The remaining portion of the collection is related to the equal suffrage movement. As an early advocate of woman's suffrage Canfield collected publications on the topic and compiled a scrapbook of Vermont activities. The scrapbook includes photographs and postcards of the national movement and some of her essays. There is also a series of newspaper clippings and images posted on cardboard, presumably part of a scrapbook or exhibition on the suffrage movement. One sheet has seven photographs taken at a state fair showing activity around the Vermont and New Hampshire suffrage tent. A noteworthy item is a letter written in 1904 by Susan B. Anthony to Canfield's mother-in-law, Mrs. Lepha J. Canfield. In the letter Anthony describes some of the early suffrage conventions and her involvement in the movement.

Biographical or historical data :

Mary Grace Canfield was born Mary Grace Webb on the Connecticut Western Reserve, in 1864. She received an A.B. degree from the Municipal University of Akron, Ohio, and taught school in Kent, Ohio. She married Harry Lee Canfield (1862-1942), a minister, and moved to Vermont with him in 1902, where he had been called to serve the Woodstock Universalist Church. They had two children, Hubert and Vivian.

Mary Canfield was an historian and writer, and published several books and articles, most notably the 1934 book Lafayette in Vermont (Rochester, N.Y.: Canfield and Tack, Inc.). Active in social causes along with her husband, she campaigned for woman's suffrage, and after it was secured by the nineteenth amendment in 1920, she continued her support of the women's political movement through involvement with the League of Women Voters. Though her husband resigned from the Woodstock Universalist Church in 1917 and began working in Greensboro, North Carolina, Mary Grace Canfield remained in Woodstock, writing, lecturing, and running a craft shop, until her death July 26, 1946.

Personal Subject : Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834.
Subject Term : Women Suffrage Vermont.
Suffrage Vermont.
Geographic Term : Woodstock (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Added Author : Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906.
Canfield, Lepha J.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.