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Laura Clay Photographic Collection, ca. [n.d.]-1933

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Title

Laura Clay Photographic Collection

Date

ca. [n.d.]-1933

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to research by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Laura Clay Photographic Collection, PA46M4,Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

.25 cu. ft. (1 Box): 25 items

Biography/History

Laura Clay, daughter of abolitionist Cassius M. Clay and his first wife, Mary Jane Warfield Clay, was born at the family estate, White Hall, in 1849. As a result of her parents' divorce and the inequitable property settlement which followed, Miss Clay decided to devote herself to improving "the unworthy position of women." She was the founder of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and was recognized as a national leader in the women's suffrage movement. However, because she wished suffrage to be granted at the state level, she left the ranks of the national movement as the nineteenth amendment was about to be ratified. She continued to be active in the cause of women's rights after 1920, and ran unsuccessfully for the Kentucky Senate in 1923. Miss Clay also worked for the temperance movement, the Democratic Party, and her Episcopal church. She died at age 92 in 1941.

Address of Miss Clay as temporary chairman of the Kentucky convention to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the Federal Constitution, November 27, 1933.:

I have the honor to extend greetings to you on this historic occasion. The people of Kentucky have voiced at the ballot box their mandate to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution and to adopt the Twenty-first Amendment.

Whatever other motives may have been mingled in giving this mandate it is evident that is expresses a wide-spread and deep rooted conviction among our people of the right of the State to govern their internal and local affairs and it designates that one office of the federal government is to uphold the states in their authority by protecting them from certain outside violations of their laws.

With this renewed affirmation of the rights of the States we may go forward with courage in solving the problems which face us on our way to better and higher social conditions under our State constitution and laws.

Scope and Content

The Laura Clay Photographic Collection contains twenty-five images of Laura Clay, her history and her activities. Most of the collection is comprised of bromide DOP/POP snapshots documenting a suffragist meeting, stored in an album that has deteriorated over time and has damaged the images. The album has been disassembled for preservation purposes. Also included in the collection is a photograph of Governor Ruby Laffoon handing a gavel to Laura Clay, temporary chairperson of the Kentucky Convention to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Handwritten on the back of the mounting is the speech that Laura Clay gave that day. A transcript of this address is available in the Biographical Note section of this finding aid. Also included is a group portrait of women from the Kentucky Equal Rights League at the Democratic National Convention, 1916.

Subjects

  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
  • Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
  • Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
  • Clay, Laura, 1849-1941
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Episcopal Church--Kentucky
  • Kentucky Equal Rights Association
  • League of Women Voters (U.S.)
  • Politicians
  • Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
  • Temperance
  • Upton, Harriett Taylor, 1854-1945
  • Woman's Club of Central Kentucky
  • Women's rights--United States--History
  • Women in politics--Kentucky
  • Women--Kentucky--Societies and clubs
  • Women--Suffrage--United States
  • Women--Suffrage--Kentucky

Related Material

Fuller, Paul E. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1975.

Lyons, Heather and Chris Blair. [video recording]: a Documentary Film. Lexington, Kentucky: Little City Media Workshop, 1992.

, 46M4, University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections, Lexington, KY 40506-0039.

, 50W29, University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections, Lexington, KY 40506-0039.

Collection Inventory

Portrait
Portrait of Laura Clay, handwritten note at bottom: "Your friend Laura Clay", [n.d.]
Silver print [box: 1, item: 1] browse
Copy portrait of Cassius Marcellus Clay from a book, [n.d.]
Silver print [box: 1, item: 25] browse
Copy photograph of painted portrait of Laura Clay, [n.d.]
Silver print [box: 1, item: 2] browse
Laura Clay and group marching for the Madsion, Fayette, and Franklin Kentucky Equal Rights Association, at Democratic National Convention in St. Louis, [n.d.], [n.d.]
Silver print [box: 1, item: 3] browse
Governor Laffoon handing gavel to Laura Clay as Temporary Chairman of the Kentucky Convention to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Miss Clay's acceptance address is written on the back of the photo, 11/7/1933
Silver print [box: 2, item: 4] browse
Architecture
Building on N. Mill Street, east side, where Cassius Clay ran his anti-slavery paper "The True American," Lexington, KY, [n.d.]
Silver print [box: 1, item: 5] browse
White Hall, home of Cassius Clay, Richmond, KY; photo taken 1932, 1932
Silver print [box: 1, item: 6] browse
Album
Handwritten title on album page: "National Headquarters", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 7] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Rev. Anna H. Shaw and Susan B. Anthony", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 8] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "The Committee in Repose", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 9] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Lucy Anthony and Miss Kate Gordon", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 10] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Characteristic Facial Expressions", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 11] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Alice Stone Blackwell of Boston", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 12] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Clay", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 13] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "The Doxology", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 14] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Upton and Dr. Eaton", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 15] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Gordon, Miss Clay, Miss Blackwell and Dr. Eaton // Miss Upton, Aunt Susan, Miss Sharr and Mrs. Catt", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 16] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "A Critical Moment // Note the Expression of Suspense", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 17] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "On thier (sic) way to the Meeting", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 18] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "How They Felt When it was over", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 19] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "The Judge", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 20] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "The 'House'", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 21] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Miss Mary Melton, The Power Behind the Throne", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 22] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Saints of the Cabbage Patch", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 23] browse
Handwritten title on album page: "Suffrage Stokers", [n.d.]
POP/DOP [box: 1, item: 24] browse