The Barbara Haney Irvine Library

The Women's History Library at the Alice Paul Institute

The Women’s History Library at the Alice Paul Institute

The Barbara Haney Irvine Library

The Barbara Haney Irvine Library, named in 2015 to honor the Alice Paul Institute’s founding president, contains a small women’s history library and the Alice Paul Archives.  The Irvine Library is located at historic Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s family home and site of the Alice Paul Institute.  To arrange a research appointment, contact info@alicepaul.org or 856-231-1885.  Please note that the Irvine Library is on the third floor and is not wheelchair accessible.

The Alice Paul Archives collection features original copies of The Suffragist and Equal Rights newspapers, photographs, and Equal Rights Amendment research. The archives also house Alice Paul’s personal library, which includes women’s history books, school textbooks, poetry, and an original set of Charles Dickens’ novels. The Paul family photograph albums show images of family members in addition to notable Quakers. The archives also contain original women’s history books signed by the authors. Some points of interest in the Alice Paul Archive include:

The Women’s History Library at the Alice Paul Institute

Developed in response to students and researchers who find it difficult to locate materials about Alice Paul and the American women’s suffrage movement, the Women’s History Library features nearly 400 volumes across a range of subjects including biographies, feminist theory, gender studies, and juvenile literature.

The library features  many out-of-print and hard to find books on Alice Paul, including a copy of Doris Steven’s Jailed for Freedom,a first-hand account of the suffrage movement written in 1920 (the original copy is in the Alice Paul Archives).

Researchers can work at a desk provided in the library and link to the Internet through our wireless connection. We welcome visitors of all ages to the library!

To search our current holdings, please use our online catalog on Library Thing.

Also check out some of our documents from the archives here.