Emma Smith DeVoe Papers
Washington State Library
The Emma Smith DeVoe Papers consist of correspondence chronicling the activities of the woman who became the president of the Washington Equal Suffrage Association. This collection includes 5,000 pages of correspondence and 1,000 pages of scrapbooks.
DeVoe arrived in Washington, in 1905, as a seasoned worker in the Suffrage cause, having been mentored by Susan B. Anthony while active in the cause while a resident of Dakota Territory. Later she played major roles in suffrage campaigns in Idaho and Oregon. In 1906 she came to be President of WESA where her leadership helped to reinvigorate the suffrage movement in a state that had permitted women to vote during its territorial period.
This collection includes letters from many of the leading players in Washington state's final push to legalizing a woman's right to vote, including Adella Parker, Cora Smith Eaton, May Arkwright Hutton, Jennie Jewett, Lucie Fulton Isaacs and Bernice Sapp.