May Arkwright Hutton operated a boarding house in the Coeur d’Alene mining district. She and her husband, Levi, invested in the Hercules Mine, and when it struck silver ore in 1901 they found themselves suddenly very wealthy. They moved to Spokane in 1906 and attended their investments, while May identified herself with politics, especially the women’s suffrage movement. She wrote and lectured tirelessly, organizing and campaigning towards the state election of 1910, which brought the ballot to Washington women. While she was outspoken and colorful in expression, she was nevertheless astute in shunning radical activity, preferring to plan strategies and tactics.
The collection consists of a varied and consistently detailed group of personal letters relating to suffrage activities, social and political events, and family matters, and manuscripts for speeches on equal rights – all written in May Arkwright Hutton’s own energetic, forceful style. Also included are photographs and scrapbooks.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is not restricted.Restrictions on Use :
Collection is open for use.Preferred Citation :
May Arkwright Hutton Papers (MsSC 55), Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA.
Custodial History :
Accessioning paperwork indicates the collection was donated by the Hutton Settlement Board, Spokane, with correspondence sent to the attention of Charles Gonser. The collection is probably the material previously cited in bibliographies as the "Gonser collection" or "Charles Gonser private papers."Acquisition Information :
Donated by the Hutton Settlement Board, 1961 (Accession #1734).Processing Note :
Processed to the file folder level.Separated Materials :
Photographs separated to general photograph collection for item-level cataloging are listed under the following accession numbers: L94-9, L93-66, L2003-14, and L2005-9. Consult staff for specific images.Bibliography :
Arksey, Laura. "Hutton, May Arkwright (1860-1915)." www.historylink.org, Essay 7547 (accessed 16 November 2005).
Horner, Patricia Voeller. "May Arkwright Hutton: Suffragist and Politician." Women in Pacific Northwest History: An Anthology, ed. Karen J. Blair. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988.
Hutton, May Arkwright. The Coeur d'Alenes, or A Tale of the Modern Inquisition in Idaho. Denver, CO: The Author, 1900.
Hutton, May Arkwright. Scenes in the Coeur d'Alenes: During the Reign of Martial Law in 1899 and 1900. Butte, MT: Reveille Printers, [1900?].
Montgomery, James W. Liberated Woman: A Life of May Arkwright Hutton. Spokane: Gingko House Publishers, 1974. Reprint, Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1985.
Pieroth, Doris H. The Hutton Settlement: A Home for One Man's Family. Spokane: The Hutton Settlement, 2003.
Pratt, Grace Roffey. "The Great-hearted Huttons of the Coeur d'Alenes." Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 17(2) (April 1967): 20-33.
Nolan, Edward W. A Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (Spokane, WA: Eastern Washington State Historical Society, 1987).Related Materials :
Hutton Settlement Collection (Ms 126) and Hutton Settlement, Inc. Collection (Ms 168).
May Arkwright Hutton Correspondence (Ms 174), Washington State Library, Olympia, Washington.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
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