Colorado women gain the right to vote, nearly 30 years before the rest of the country (1893)

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Photograph of unidentified woman putting up billboard with bucket and broom. Billboard reads: "'Women of Colorado, you have the vote. Get it for women of the nation by voting against Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic Candidate for Congress. Their party opposes national woman suffrage. The National Woman's Party." Billboard features image of young woman and a hat with "The Woman's Party" feather and a "50-50" price tag, above which is the motto "Our Hat's in the Ring."

Getting Started

Begin your research by brainstorming keywords - the words and phrases you’ll use to search for books, articles, websites, government documents, and other resources. These may include names of people and places or historical concepts like eras and movements. A librarian can suggest “subject headings” to find the most relevant resources.

Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

Women
Suffrage
Suffragists
Sufragettes
Voting Rights
Colorado
Colorado Women's Suffrage Association
Colorado State Equal Suffrage Association
Colorado Non-Partisan Suffrage Association
Colored Woman's Suffrage Association
Territorial Woman Suffrage Society
Congressional Union ( later known as the National Woman's Party)
Caroline Spencer
Elizabeth Piper Ensley

Genealogy, African American and Western History Resources

The Western History & Genealogy department focuses on Colorado and the West and features many primary source materials.  

The Blair Caldwell African American Research Library collections focus on African American history and culture in Colorado and the West, and also feature many primary source collections. 

Items from these two departments do not check out and are available to see at the Central Library when we are open. Western History and Blair-Caldwell staff are available to assist by phone and email and can provide scans of collection items for your project. To contact these two departments, email history@denverlibrary.org or askblaircaldwell@denverlibrary.org and include "National History Day" in your subject line. You may also call 720-865-1821.

Database/Online Resources

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Prospector: Materials from Other Colorado and Wyoming Libraries

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Internet Sources

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Transcript of report from Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.

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