RANKIN, Jeannette, 1880-1973


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: 1879-1976, 5.5 feet.
Includes correspondence, card files, financial papers, articles, speeches, pamphlets, leaflets, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, tapes, and a film depicting aspects of her life. Best documented is her vote against World War II and the consequent public reaction, though both terms in Congress are covered. Other correspondence reflects her involvement in the suffrage movement, Vietnam War protest, election reform, and the women’s movement, with information on the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Jeannette Rankin Brigade. News clippings make up over one half of the collection. Some family correspondence is included with Jeannette Rankin’s sisters. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository and on microfilm.

Papers: Jeannette Rankin Letters, March 9-May 18, 1917, 1 folder.
Letters to Jeannette Rankin in support of her vote against U.S. participation in World War I. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1941-1945, 1 folder.
The collection includes three letters and two postcards to Beall Gantt Booth, most concern peace. Also includes two photographs of unidentified children and a copy of Jeannette Rankin’s remarks concerning Pearl Harbor in the Congressional Record, December 8, 1942. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1961-1971, 1 folder.
The collection contains two clippings dating 1961 and 1966, and a photograph taken on her arrival in India for a conference of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1971. A finding aid is available in the repository and on microfilm.

Papers: 1973, 2 folders.
The collection includes news clippings on Jeannette Rankin, and letter to Louise Koelz. The collections is on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the repository and on microfilm.

Papers: In the Hannah (Geffen) Josephson Papers, 1969-1974, 2 folders.
Correspondence, speeches, articles, and programs, of or relating to Jeannette Rankin. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Harriet Yarrow Papers, ca. 1943-1974, 1 folder.
Correspondents include Jeannette Rankin. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1915-1965, 7 reels of microfilm.
Includes copies of materials in the Montana Historical Society. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: In the Oral history collection of the Bancroft Library Regional Oral History Office, 1959-1979, 3.2 linear feet.
Interviews include Jeannette Rankin.


Montana Historical Society
Helena, MT
Papers: 1917-1963, 5.5 linear feet.
Papers consist primarily of correspondence reflecting concerns Jeannette Rankin’s of constituents. Also included in the papers are subject files documenting: appointments to military academies, invitations, and requests for government brochures. There is also some personal correspondence, some financial records, news clippings, maps, and photographs. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1971, 1/10 cubic foot.
One letter concerning suffrage and anti-war activities and one photograph.

Papers: 1917-1942.
Microfilm of originals privately owned; includes correspondence, speeches, clippings, and miscellany.

Papers: In the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Montana State Central Committee records, 1913-1919, 1/10 foot.

Oral History: In the General Montana History Collection, 1963, 3 audio tapes.
An interview with Jeannette Rankin by John C. Board on August 29, 1963 in Great Falls, Montana. Topics covered include Jeannette Rankins political campaigns and elections, her role in Congress, women’s suffrage, the peace movement, and World War I and World War II.

Oral History: In the General Montana History Collection, 1972, 293 pages.
An transcript of the original interview with Jeannette Rankin by Malca Chall from June through August, 1972. The interview was conducted as part of the University of California-Berkeley’s Suffragists Oral History Project. In the interview, Jeannette Rankin discusses her role in national politics during World War I and World War II, the women’s rights movement, and pacifism. Additional materials include photographs, copies of news clippings, magazine articles, and her writings.

Papers: In the Norman Winestine Papers, 1882-1995, 2.5 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Jeannette Rankin.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the Gwendolen Haste Papers, 1900-1964, 3 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Jeannette Rankin. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Jeannette Rankin Brigade records 1967-1968, 0.7 linear foot.
The records include correspondence, minutes of the steering committee, press releases, petitions to Congress, and reports of the political and legal action workshops. Also, minutes and press releases of the National Women’s Emergency Coalition (the successor to the Jeannette Rankin Brigade); position papers on the Vietnam War by the National Council of Jewish Women, the YWCA and the Paris Conference of Women to End the War in Vietnam; and two scrapbooks of press clippings about Jeannette Rankin’s activities.


Swarthmore College
Peace Collection, McCabe Library
Swarthmore, PA
Papers: 1917-1968, 3 linear inches.
Subjects covered include Jeannette Rankin.


University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1972, 293 pages.
A transcript of the original interview with Jeannette Rankin by Malca Chall from June through August, 1972. The interview was conducted as part of the University of California-Berkeley’s Suffragists Oral History Project. In the interview, Jeannette Rankin discusses her role in national politics during World War I and World War II, the women’s rights movement, and pacifism. Additional materials include photographs, copies of news clippings, magazine articles, and her writings.

Oral History: 1972, 9 pages.
An interview with Jeannette Rankin by Dick Cavett. This transcript is a photocopy of a typed transcript from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. With this typed transcript is an announcement of her ninetieth birthday on a Huntley and Brinkely news telecast on June 11, 1970.


University of Montana-Missoula
K. Ross Toole Archives, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Missoula, MT
Papers: 1917-2009, 0.2 linear foot.
The Jeannette Rankin collection is an artificial collection of various documents and items by and about Rankin pulled together into one collection by archives staff. Series I includes a 1917 campaign letter from Jeannette Rankin addressed to “Dear Friend,” a 1938 anti-war campaign button, two 1940 election campaign buttons, and a 1980 invitation to the dedication of a Jeannette Rankin statue. Series II consists of pamphlets, form letters, and stationery related to Rankin’s congressional campaigns and key issues she faced as a member of the House, 1917-1942. Specifically, there are mailings and pamphlets reflecting her views on U.S. involvement in World War I and World War II, as well as a bill relating to federal control of mines. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.