Historical Records Survey 314 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia January 18/37
Mrs. J. B. Ayres Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
My dear Mrs. Ayres:-- In 1926 the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia presented to the State of Virginia all of its remaining banners and flags, and these are now on display in the Capitol as items of historic interest.
Now we have the opportunity through the Historical Records Survey, a WPA project, to collect and classify for permanent preservation all available materials on woman suffrage in our State, so that later a history of the movement can be written. We feel sure that you will contribute any items of interest or any data you may have or can get, regarding the work done for suffrage in and around Big Stone Gap.
We especially desire to get Minutes, samples of pamphlets or fliers, or other printed matter including newspaper clippings, or information that workers may remember, etc. Short stories of certain meetings or mention of outstanding speakers will not come amiss. In fact, we want any date that will help to make a complete history of the suffrage movement in Virginia.
Other names we have on our Big Stone Gap list are Mrs. Cora L. Benedict, Mrs. Mayo Cabell, Mrs. J. W. Chalkley, Miss Eugenia S. Baumgartmer, Mrs. D. B. Sayers, Mrs. H. A. W. Skeen, Mrs. H.E. Benedict, Mrs. R. D. Morrison, Mrs. E. E. Goodloe, Mrs. R. B. Alsover, Mrs. A. D. Owens, Mrs. W. L. Nickels, Mrs. D. C. Wolfe. These names may help you to recall others who can give information regarding the work done for suffrage in and around Big Stone Gap. The Leauge was formed May 8, 1915 with 35 members and you as president.
With the best of good wishes and trusting you will give us all the aid possible in making our "Archives" full and complete. Sincerely yours,
Miss Ida M. Thompson, Research Worker, Historical Records Survey.
Dr. Lester J. Cappon State Director.