Doc Chat Episode Two: "Militant" Maude Malone

By Julie Golia, Associate Director, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscri
August 25, 2020
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

On August 18, 2020, a few hundred primary source lovers gathered on Zoom to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendmment and the life of one unsung suffragist.


Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, to her left, Inez Milholland Boissevain, to her right, Mrs. Harriet Stanton Blatch, early 1900s, NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 1536297

An ongoing series from NYPL's Center for Research in the Humanities, Doc Chat pairs a NYPL curator or specialist and a scholar to discuss evocative digitized items from the Library's collections and brainstorm innovative ways of teaching with them.  In Episode Two, NYPL's Susan Kriete and Cara Dellatte used two evocative photos to piece together the life of "Militant" Maude Malone, who was not only a feminist and activist, but also a NYPL Librarian.

Doc Chat Episode 2: Forgotten Feminist "Militant Maud Malone" from The New York Public Library on Vimeo.

A transcript of this event is available here.

Below are some handy links to materials and sources suggested in the episode. 

Episode Two: Primary Sources

The first image analyzed, ​Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, to her left, Inez Milholland Boissevain, to her right, Mrs. Harriet Stanton Blatch, from the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection, is accessible on NYPL’s Digital Collections.

The second image, “Leading Figures in the “Suffragette” Movement at New York,” is an undigitized image from the Picture Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs , published in Leslie’s Weekly, January 30, 1908. We're including the high resolution image here for those who would like to use it in their classrooms.

Leading figures in the suffrage movement

The panelists also discussed using newspaper articles to follow up the visual analysis, in particular, Maud Malone’s resignation letter from the Progressive Women’s Union, which was published in the New York Times on March 27, 1908. For newspaper research, try the following databases, available through NYPL:

Episode Two: Readings and Resources

For tips on using newspapers and other sources to research suffragists, see our guide How to Find Your Suffragist / Suffragette Ancestors

For more resources on women’s activism, see NYPL’s Essential Reads on Feminism

Next Up: Doc Chat's Fall Season

Great news: come late September, Doc Chat will become a weekly series, taking place on Zoom on Thursdays at 3:30pm. This fall, we'll be covering a range of topics, including the history of birding, Malcolm X, the 1939 World's Fair, the Boston Massacre, and more. Make sure you don't miss an episode by signing up for NYPL's Research newsletter, which will include links to register. A video of each episode will be posted here on the NYPL blog shortly after the program, so be sure to check back regularly to keep on top of the Doc Chat conversation!