The South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded a $3,000 Women’s Suffrage Grant to the Binghamton University Libraries’ to digitize and transcribe four diaries from the Maurice Leyden Collection. This project is part of a program to document the Women’s Suffrage Movement as part of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017.
Maurice Leyden lived in Rochester, NY and was a dentist, businessman, banker, and politician, but also supported women’s suffrage. His diaries contain entries of lectures by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and details of his wife Margaret’s involvement in the movement, including her arrest for registering to vote in 1872 along with Susan B. Anthony. These items will be accessible online and via New York Heritage and the Digital Public Library of America.
The Maurice Leyden Collection is one of seventeen Civil War collections held in Special Collections in the Glenn G. Bartle Library.
Would you like to learn more? Visit Special Collections! We are located on the second floor of Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room).