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Presentation

Faculty Mentor’s Full Name

Anya Jabour

Faculty Mentor’s Department

Department of History

Abstract

I will explore the role of Delia Peets, a resident of Butte, Montana, in women’s organizations in the area from the 1890’s to 1930. I conducted research in federal census records, Montana city directories, Silver Bow County marriage records, records from the Montana State Historical Society, local newspapers, books, journals of the Grand Army of the Republic, journals from the National Convention of the Women’s Relief Corps, and Archives and Special Collections at Mansfield Library. My research on Delia Peets focuses on her extensive involvement in various women’s clubs in Montana and their effect on the suffrage movement, particularly until Montana women were given the right to vote in 1914. These include prominent organizations such as the Women’s Relief Corps and the Consumer’s League, both of which had connections to the movement nationally. This brings attention to not only Delia Peets herself, but to the women involved in these Montana organizations and their influence overall in the state. A focus on lesser know Montana activists is essential for a deeper understanding of the suffrage movement in the state, and women’s history as a whole.

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Apr 17th, 4:40 PM Apr 17th, 5:00 PM

Delia Peets: A Montana Suffragist

UC 330

I will explore the role of Delia Peets, a resident of Butte, Montana, in women’s organizations in the area from the 1890’s to 1930. I conducted research in federal census records, Montana city directories, Silver Bow County marriage records, records from the Montana State Historical Society, local newspapers, books, journals of the Grand Army of the Republic, journals from the National Convention of the Women’s Relief Corps, and Archives and Special Collections at Mansfield Library. My research on Delia Peets focuses on her extensive involvement in various women’s clubs in Montana and their effect on the suffrage movement, particularly until Montana women were given the right to vote in 1914. These include prominent organizations such as the Women’s Relief Corps and the Consumer’s League, both of which had connections to the movement nationally. This brings attention to not only Delia Peets herself, but to the women involved in these Montana organizations and their influence overall in the state. A focus on lesser know Montana activists is essential for a deeper understanding of the suffrage movement in the state, and women’s history as a whole.