Anna Howard Shaw Papers
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The correspondence in this collection includes several letters written by Anna Howard Shaw to students at the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG). One letter, dated Jan. 9, 1917 and addressed to Annie S. Peirson and members of the senior class, declines an invitation to speak at the college in February of that year: "Much as I appreciate the honor of having been invited to speak for you on February twenty-second, I think it is quite impossible for me to do so. The journey from southern Florida would be too long and fatiguing as well as too expensive for either your class or me for one lecture." (Having suffered from pneumonia, Shaw is in Florida on doctor's orders to rest and stay away from cold weather). Another letter, dated February 17, 1918, is written in appreciation of the flowers that students at the Normal sent Ms. Shaw for her birthday: "I thank you all with a very full heart not alone for the beauty and fragrance of your gift but for the quality of mind and heart which keeps alive among you all a spirit of kindly thoughtfulness and a desire to serve others."
Shaw gave the Commencement Address in 1919 when she received an Honorary Degree from this institution. Shaw Residence Hall was named for her.
- 1917 - 1919
- Shaw, Anna Howard (Person)
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Vowing to avoid dependency, Shaw prepared herself for the ministry. Educated at Albion College and Boston University Theological School, Shaw earned a diploma in 1878, and was licensed the same year by the Methodist Episcopal church. The Methodist Protestant church ordained her in 1880. While ministering at East Dennis, Massachusetts, Shaw earned an MD from Boston University Medical School in 1886.
However, by the time Shaw acquired her credentials, she had lost interest in the professions they opened to her and instead desired to pursue her gift for oratory, lecturing for temperance and women's suffrage. Shaw chose Lucy E. Anthony, Susan B. Anthony's niece, as her companion for life and "Aunt Susan" sponsored Shaw's ascendancy in the National American Woman Suffrage Association as national lecturer in 1890 and vice president at large in 1892.
When the United States entered World War I, Shaw interrupted her tours for suffrage to lead the Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense. Congress awarded her the Distinguished Service Medal in May 1919. Shaw joined William Howard Taft and Abbott Lawrence Lowell on a national tour for the League to Enforce Peace in the late spring of 1919. At Springfield, Illinois, she collapsed with severe pneumonia and died July 2, 1919 at her home in Moylan, Pennsylvania.
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