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Victoria Woodhull-Martin papers, 1870-1962 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Predominant Dates:1870-1900

ID: 4/3/PP 20

Primary Creator: Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), (1838-1927.)

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Arrangement: General correspondence arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Astrology., Greek Mythology., Occultism., Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927

Forms of Material: Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906 - Correspondence, Correspondence., Davis, Paulina W. (Paulina Wright), 1813-1876 - Correspondence, Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927. - Correspondence, Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. - Correspondence, Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902. - Correspondence, Writings.

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

General correspondence from 1870 to 1929 includes letters from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Paulina Wright Davis, Jerome K. Jerome, and Charles Mackay.  Family correspondence; estate correspondence through 1962.  Autobiographical notes, speeches and pamphlets, photographs, and newspaper clippings.  Material on astrology, the occult, and Greek mythology.

Biographical Note

Woman's rights pioneer who achieved notoriety on many fronts in Gilded Age America.  Founded (with her sister Tennessee Claflin) a Wall Street brokerage, with the support and advice of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  Used profits to publish Woodhull & Claflin Weekly, advocating female suffrage, free love, and other progressive causes.  Addressed House committee on suffrage.  Exposed the Beecher-Tilton scandal, implicating celebrated minister Henry Ward Beecher in adultery; subsequently imprisoned on obscenity charges.  Nominated for president in 1872 by the Equal Rights Party.  Lectured widely on controversial topics.  Married three times; spent the final 50 years of her life in England.

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Greek Mythology.
Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased from William Dawson & Sons, London.

Related Materials:

Letters from several prominent historic figures are found in the collection General Correspondence.  For example:

* Susan B. Anthony (1871, Feb. 28)

* Paulina Wright Davis (1871, May and n.d.)

* Jerome K. Jerome (1911, May 11 and n.d.)

* Charles Mackay (1888, Sept. 29, Oct. 4, Oct. 26, Nov. 20)

* Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1886, Nov. 12; ca. 1887; 1888, Jan. 3; 1898, Oct. 4; n.d. and others)

A letter presumed to be from Paulina Wright Davis to Elizabeth Cady Stanton appears in the Correspondence, Non-Family, circa 1896

Other materials of interest in the collection General Correspondence:

* 1872 February 17, Letter from John C. Underwood supporting Victoria's great causes of humanity.

* 1873 Letter to the editor of the Leader from Victoria Woodhul [incomplete, not signed] mentioning the Beecher-Tilton scandal.

* 1875 October 20, Victoria prophecies.

* 1876 circa, Telegram draft by Victoria regarding the Brooklyn Eagle article about the Claflin family and Inspector Byrnes.

* 1877 circa, Letter from Tennessee to her father regarding Stephen Pearl Andres and Colonel Blood [found in the Correspondence, Tennessee Claflin Cook Family].

* 1887 September 13, Letter from Arthur Reade, "Victoria elected life Governor of the Charing Cross Hospital"

* 1890 January 7, Letter from H.P. Phelan describing one of her lectures, magnificent exhibition of Mrs. Woodhull'-Martin's power as an orator.

* 1891 June 8, Letter from Mrs. M.L. Ghirardini reminiscing about old times and covers several events.

* 1891 circa, An explanation of Woodhull-Martin's link with the Greek goddess NIKH.

* 1892 April 25, Thank you letter to John Martin from Arthur MacArthur Mentions high regard for Victoria.  [In Correspondence, John B. Martin.]

* 1892 April 27, Letter from Harriet B. Ewell.

* 1913 February 26, Letter from John M. Kullmer to Zula remembering 50 years, but point up effects of 50 years of Victoria's causes [in correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull].

* n.d., Letter from Jennie June Croly, high priestess of free love.

Information on her families genealogy; location in the collection:

* 1891 April 20, Correspondence, Tennessee Claflin Cook Family

* 1891 May, General Correspondence

* 1891 circa, General Correspondence, memo fromThe Washington Pedigree

* 1903 June 29, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1903 September 14, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1923 June 8, Correspondence, Zula Muad Woodhull

* 1924 November 11, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1926 November 19, General Correspondence

* 1926 January 26, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1927 June 25, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1928 April 30, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1928 May 17, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

* 1928 May 19, Correspondence, Zula Maud Woodhull

Information on her interest in astrology and the occult found in the collection General


* 1873 circa, Two articles by Victoria, "The Spirit World"and "A Glance Behind the Scene in Her Own and Sister's Lives"

* 1876 October 20, Victoria's prophecies.

* 1891 November, Horoscope readings and information (also 1897, October 19, and a complete transcript of Victoria's horoscope found n.d.)

* 1895 circa, Palm analysis (also 1898, May)

* 1899 March 19, Letter from George Plommer

* 1918-1920, Horoscope analyses

* 1921 September 12, Letter from Alfred J. Pearce regarding astrological article about Victoria.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Victoria Woodhull-Martin papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Arrangement scheme updated 2010.

Other Note: Old Number: MSS 015

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