Doris Stevens [RG3740.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG3740.AM:  Doris Stevens, 1888-1963

Papers:  1920-1959
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska:  Suffragette and Feminist
Size:  0.25 cu.ft.; 1 box

BACKGROUND NOTE

Doris Stevens was born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, October 26, 1888, to Henry Hendebourck and Caroline (Koopman) Stevens.  She received an A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1911.  For a short time she was involved in social work and in teaching in Cleveland, Ohio, but the issue of women’s rights soon occupied most of her time.  Stevens was the organizer of the First National Convention of Women Voters and set up at the Pan-American Pacific National Woman’s party in 1916.

In 1917 Miss Stevens spent sixty days in jail for attempting to petition President Woodrow Wilson for woman suffrage.  She served as manager of the National Campaign of Women for Congress, 1924.  While in France in 1928, Stevens was arrested for attempting to present an Equal Rights Treaty to the plenipotentiaries for the Pact of Paris.  As chairman for the Inter-American Commission of Women, 1928-1939, she worked toward the adoption of various equality treaties.  Miss Stevens also served on the council of the National Women’s Party, 1924-1948.  Doris Stevens was also a songwriter and many of her songs were about her childhood in Nebraska.  She died in New York City in 1963.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one small box of manuscript material arranged in three series:  1) Biographical Information; 2) Manuscripts, 1920-1924; and 3) Sheet Music, 1950-1952.  The collection relates primarily to Doris Steven’s role in the suffragette and women’s rights movement.  Material relating to her songwriting career is also included.  Series 1 contains Biographical Information about Doris Steven’s role in the feminist movement.  “An Apostle of Action,” by Winifred Holtby in 1928, and an excerpt from Who’s Who in America, 1958-1959, are included.

Series 2, Manuscripts, include the book, Jailed for Freedom by Doris; Liverwright Publishing Corp., NY, 1920, dealing with the campaign of the militant suffragists of America, 1913-1919.  Also included is a debate between Doris Stevens and Alice Hamilton on “Should Women Have Equal Rights?”, which appeared in The Forum, August 1924.  A bibliography on The Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S., 1848-1970, provides information about two other articles written by Doris Stevens which appeared in The Forum during the 1920s.  Series 3 is comprised of 15 items of sheet music written by Doris Stevens, 1950-1952. 

Note:  See the audio component [RG3740.AU] for several recordings of her music.  See the library for published items by and about Doris Stevens.

INVENTORY

Series 1 – Biographical information
Box 1
Folder

  1. An Apostle of Action, by Winifred Holtby, 1928
    Who’s Who in America, 1958-1959 (excerpt)

Series 2 – Manuscripts, 1920-1924

  1. Jailed for Freedom, by Doris Stevens, 1920
  2. “Should Women Have Equal Rights?” – a debate between Doris Stevens and Alice Hamilton from The Forum, August 1924
    Bibliography on Women’s Rights Movement, 1948-1970

Series 3 – Sheet music, 1950-1952

  1. Sheet Music, including:
    On the Prairie, 1950, 1951
    I Was Teaching in Nebraska, 1951
    I Loved a Kitten, 1951
    She Was Teaching in Nebraska, 1951
    Bow to the Sunset, 1951
    When Father Made Rootbeer, 1951
    Lake Manawa, 1951
    He was Never Seen Again (or Husband’s Folly), 1952
    My Little Brother, 1952
    Sister Alice, 1952
    Red Peony, 1952
    The Daughter of the Dominic, 1952
    I Tied My Kitty to the Wild Plum Tree, 1952
    Old Ned, 1952
    Permesso, 1952

Subject headings

Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Holtby, Winifred, 1898-1935
Music — Nebraska
Paul, Alice, 1885-1977
Songs — Nebraska
Songwriters — Nebraska
Women — Suffrage


AIF                      12-12-1979
Revised PMC       10-03-1988

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

The Woman on the White Horse

The Woman on the White Horse

The Silver Bugs of 1896

The Silver Bugs of 1896

Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

Marker Monday: Japanese Balloon Bombs

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

Education Digital Learning Resources

Find games, lists, and more to enhance your history education curriculum.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

History Nebraska Services

Digital Resources

Find all of our digital resources, files, videos, and more, all in one easy-to-search page!

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.