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Minnie Stowe Puett Collection

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Puett (Minnie Stowe) Collection

Inventory of the Minnie Stowe Puett collection
MS0076

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Puett, Minnie Stowe, 1871-1945
Title
Minnie Stowe Puett collection
ID
MS0076
Date [inclusive]
1904-1933
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Forty-four papers of a Gaston County resident, including broadsides (ca. 1917) published by the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina and the National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc. and correspondence and printed material (1931-33) concerning activities of the League of Women Voters, including its opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Also contains items relating to politics in North Carolina, to the paternity of Abraham Lincoln, and to Presbyterian missions in Asia and Africa.

Preferred Citation note

Minnie Stowe Puett Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Minnie Leona Stowe Puett was the daughter of Charles Theodore Stowe, who owned large amounts of land in Gaston County and most of what is now Belmont, N.C. Two of C. T. Stowe's sons, Robert Lee and Samuel Pinckney, were successful businessmen in Belmont. Puett's husband, William Burgess Puett, came to Belmont from Forsyth County, GA, in 1886. He was associated with the Stowe family in a variety of business ventures from the late 1880s and on through the 1920s. William Puett, an incorporator and the first mayor of Belmont, and the Stowe family were involved in lumber, banking, textiles, and real estate. Minnie Stowe married William Puett in Belmont (ca. 1907). They lived in the C. T. Stowe family home, "Stowe Hill", near Belmont. Minnie Puett was one of the organizers of the Belmont Women's Club and the Gaston County Federation of Women's Clubs. She was active in the Presbyterian Church, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the League of Women Voters, and the women's suffrage movement. The Puetts were among the most prominent families in Gaston County. She wrote The History of Gaston County in 1939. For additional Stowe family history and Gaston County history see Robert Lee Stowe, Pioneer in Textiles (1965) by LeGette Blythe, and Early History of Belmont and Gaston County, North Carolina (1951), by R. L. Stowe, Sr.

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Biographical/Historical note

Minnie Leona Stowe Puett was the daughter of Charles Theodore Stowe, who owned large amounts of land in Gaston County and most of what is now Belmont, N.C. Two of C. T. Stowe's sons, Robert Lee and Samuel Pinckney, were successful businessmen in Belmont. Puett's husband, William Burgess Puett, came to Belmont from Forsyth County, GA, in 1886. He was associated with the Stowe family in a variety of business ventures from the late 1880s and on through the 1920s. William Puett, an incorporator and the first mayor of Belmont, and the Stowe family were involved in lumber, banking, textiles, and real estate.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes broadsides published by the Equal Suffrage Association of NC and the National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc.; correspondence, reports, and newsletters concerning the National League of Women Voters and the activities of the League's Committee on the Legal Status of Women and reflects the League's stand on political and social issues, e.g., the Equal Rights Amendment of 1931; and miscellaneous items on a wide variety of topics, the two most substantial being North Carolina and Presbyterian foreign ministers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of T. M. Hunter, 1982.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina

Personal Name(s)

  • Puett, Minnie Stowe, 1871-1945

Subject(s)

  • Equal rights amendments--United States

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

MISCELLANY 1904-1932

Scope and Contents note

Includes two maps and a set of views of New York City and vicinity (1904 20); a Florida real estate brochure (1926); and a brochure concerning the Philippine Exposition at the 1904 World's Fair; speech by Hollins N. Randolph before the 1924 convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy relating to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial; an essay (1923) by Milred Lewis Rutherford attacking Abraham Lincoln for his alleged unconstitutional acts that precipitated the Civil War; material from the League of Nations Association on the 1932 Lytton Report on Sino Japanese relations; a copy of The Fortnightly Bulletin (10/21/24), published by the Democratic National Committee and promoting the presidential candidacy of John W. Davis; a copy of the second annual Yearbook of Women's Clubhouses (ca. 1929); and an issue of National Magazine (3/1927) in which Puett is quoted concerning Nancy Hanks (mother of Abraham Lincoln), who lived as a girl on property later owned by the Stowe family.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 1931-1933

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, reports, and newsletters relating to the League's work on behalf of women. The correspondence is from Julia M. H. (Mrs. William J.) Carson, chair of the on the committee. Carson discussed Committee on the Legal Status of Women, to Puett, the North Carolina representative or includes reports on such topics as marriage laws, employment rights of married women during the Depression, the equal rights amendment, and the League's program of work. Also included is a copy of the testimony (1-6-31) before the U.S. Senate of SJ Res. 52, proposing an equal rights amendment, and a statement of the League's opposition to such an amendment.

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NORTH CAROLINA 1928-1932

Scope and Contents note

Includes an address (1931) by gubernatorial candidate R. T. Fountain; advertising brochure for Highlands Estates, Highlands; a brochure (1928) published by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and illustrated with hand colored photographs celebrating the establishment of Great Smoky Mountain National Park; and a letter (4-25-32) from C. A. Upchurch, superintendent of the North Carolina Anti Saloon League to Puett asking for financial support for the "dry cause."

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PRESBYTERIAN MISSIONS 1907-1912

Scope and Contents note

Five pamphlets on the Presbyterian missions in China, Korea, Japan, and Africa.

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WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE BROADSIDES--EQUAL SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH CAROLINA undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Plan of Work." Printed in Wilmingt¬on, N.C. (4 copies); "North Carolina Women Do Want the Vote." Printed in Raleigh, N.C. (2 copies); "Women in the Home." Printed in Raleigh, N.C. (1 copy); and "Twelve Reasons Why Women Should Vote." Printed by Raleigh, N.C. (1 copy).

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WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE BROADSIDES--NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. 1917

Scope and Contents note

Includes "True Democracy." Printed in New York City, n.d. (4 copies); and "Woman Suffrage by Federal Amendment, Why? Six Reasons." Printed in New York City, 1917.

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