Guide to the Marilla M. Ricker scrapbook, 1866-1911


Marilla Ricker was an influential suffragist and pioneering woman lawyer. Her scrapbook consists chiefly of newspaper clippings by and about Ricker, chronicling her long activist career and public life advocating for suffrage and equal rights for women. It also includes correspondence and ephemera.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Marilla M. Ricker scrapbook
0.5 Linear Feet, 1 item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a scrapbook (66 leaves, 27 x 35 cm.) bound in maroon cloth with oak leaf and acorn decoration on front cover. The first leaf is inscribed "Marilla M. Ricker, March 1, 1896, 30 Codman Place, Roxbury, Mass." It consists chiefly of U.S newspaper clippings by and about Ricker. Some clippings have mss. annotations indicating the titles and dates of the newspapers. Topics include Ricker's political writings, philanthropic activities, and extensive activism on behalf of women's suffrage. Suffrage activities detailed in the newspaper stories include Ricker's legal activities, attempts to vote, run for public office, and apply for a diplomatic post. Also pasted in are six notes addressed to Ricker from correspondents including the Arts and Crafts Movement leader Elbert Hubbard, Illinois Senator John A. Logan, and the African-American author, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Clipped autographs from faith leader Sarah J. Farmer, suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ohio Senator John Sherman are also pasted in. Black and white portraits and illustrations of Ricker are interspersed throughout. The scrapbook also contains an 1881 certification admitting Ricker to the bar of the District of Columbia, an 1899 brief from a case Ricker tried before the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, printed ephemera including the seal of the American Secular Union and Freethought Federation, and 25 U.S. postage stamps.

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Contents of the Collection

Box 1

Historical Note

Marilla Ricker was a New Hampshire native nationally known as a lawyer, suffragist, writer, freethinker and prison reformer. She was the first woman admitted to the bar in the state of New Hampshire and was the first woman to attempt to run for governor and congressional office in that state. She was also the first woman to attempt to vote and the first woman to seek a diplomatic post. Although none of these attempts were successful, she succeeded in bringing national public attention to the cause of women's suffrage and equal rights.

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The Marilla M. Ricker scrapbook was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, February, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS415