typescriptMary Gray Peck. The Woman Citizen’s Library: A Systematic Course of Reading in Preparation for the Larger Citizenship. Chicago, 1914. 31 pages. Volume 7, Part II: “Woman Suffrage.”
Rare typescript of historic book edited by progressive Christian theologian Shailer Mathews. This typescript consists of Part II of Volume 7, written by Mary Gray Peck, American journalist and leading suffragist. Peck details women’s roles in the history of the United States, starting from when colonists first set foot on the continent. 8.5”x8.5”. Typescript with annotations. 31 pages.
Peck was a University Professor, but gave up her teaching post to focus on suffrage work and journalism full-time. In 1909 she became Headquarters secretary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. An exquisite writer, she was notably the biographer for Carrie Chapman Catt, one of the United States’ most important suffrage leaders. In this typescript from 1914, Peck beautifully presents women’s important roles throughout United States history, and calls on women in 1914 to fight for their right to vote. “Every step of the way will have to be fought now in the day of victory as of old in the day of defeat.” Very good condition, cover page has some stains and a mark from paper clip, all other pages are in near fine condition. OCLC reports a limited number of surviving sets in libraries and institutions, and no typescripts are reported, making this piece unique and extremely rare.