Carrie Chapman Catt Primary Sources and Biographies

Primary Sources

Archives of Women’s Political Communication, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University
Transcripts of many of Catt’s speeches, as well as scans of the original documents.

Carrie Chapman Catt – Image Gallery Essay, Wisconsin Historical Society
A collection of 100 hand-colored glass lantern slides from Catt’s travels to Asia, Africa and the Pacific Island region, as well as several portraits of Carrie Chapman Catt.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Bryn Mawr College
A variety of materials including letters, photographs, political cartoons and memorabilia, with material pertaining both directly to Catt and to the women’s suffrage movement as a whole.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Iowa State University
Biographical data, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, bibliographies, publications, reviews, addresses, awards, scrapbook of tributes, material relating to the Woman’s Centennial Congress and her will.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Library of Congress
Approximately 9,500 items, including diaries, correspondence, speeches and articles, subject files, photographs and printed matter.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers and digital collection, New York Public Library
Correspondence, reports, press releases, minutes, brochures and clippings relating to the Empire State Campaign Committee, National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1940 Women’s Centennial Congress and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Also, manuscript and printed versions of Catt’s writings and photographs of a 1923 trip to the Panama Canal.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Smith College
Papers relating to Catt’s work as president of both the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, as well as material pertaining to her peace activities and photographs taken in Great Britain during World War II, including many of the Women’s Land Army.

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Approximately 766 items from the years 1916-1921, including accounts, correspondence, telegrams, newspaper clippings (reports and political cartoons) and some writings.

Catt materials in the Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers, University of Houston
Materials written by, to or about Catt housed in the Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers.

National Nineteenth Amendment Society
The National Nineteenth Amendment Society maintains the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum, located near Charles City, Iowa. Their website contains information and resources about Catt and the woman suffrage movement.

Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt in the Woman’s Rights Collection, 1904-1947 and Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1904-1946, Harvard Library
Biographical material, sketches, letters, writings, articles and speeches by Catt.

Tennessee Virtual Archive
A collection of written materials by and about Catt, relating to women’s suffrage in Tennessee.


Fowler, R. B. (1986). Carrie Catt: Feminist politician. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press.

Keller, K.T. (2005). Carrie Chapman Catt: A voice for women. Mankato, Minnesota: Compass Point Books.

Levin, N. (2006). Carrie Chapman Catt: A life of leadership. BookSurge Publishing.

Peck, M.G. (1944). Carrie Chapman Catt: A biography. Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, LLC.

Somervill, B.A. (2002). Votes for women!: The story of Carrie Chapman Catt. Greensboro, North Carolina: Morgan Reynolds Pub.

Van Voris, J. (1987). Carrie Chapman Catt: A public life. New York, NY: The Feminist Press.