Description: Mariana T. Folsom and her daughter, Erminia T. Folsom, were deeply involved in the woman's suffrage, peace, and temperance movements in Texas and nationally. Mariana Folsom was also a minister in the Universalist church, while Erminia T. Folsom was active in prison reform and the Herbert Hoover presidential campaign of 1928 and had an interest in Universalism. The Erminia Thompson Folsom papers contain correspondence, literary productions (including lectures), minutes, printed materials, financial documents, and memorabilia, dating 1856-1965 and undated. Although the personalities and careers of these two women can be elucidated to some extent by these papers, particularly through the correspondence and the lectures, fully five-sixths of the collection pertains to the movements themselves, especially suffrage and temperance. The papers document the organization, membership, principles, and activities of these reform movements. The strongest bodies of materials are those dealing with woman's suffrage (1856-1919) and temperance (1909-1964). The material relating to prison reform (1917-1932) and the peace movement (1866-1960), although small, is rich. A portion of the records have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series and group), Erminia Thompson Folsom papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: The Erminia Thompson Folsom papers are organized into four groups and 16 series: Mariana Thompson Folsom, 1869-1908; Correspondence, 1869-1908; Lectures, about 1895; Printed material, 1879-1895; Reverend Mary C. Billings address book and obituaries, 1904. Erminia Thompson Folsom, 1903-1961; Correspondence, 1903-1961; Literary productions, about 1900-1907; Printed material, 1900-1910; Delegate ribbons, 1939, 1940; Bible, 1902; Lectures, before 1920; Reform movement files, 1856-1965; Woman's suffrage material, 1856-1928; Prison reform material, 1917-1959; Peace movement material, 1866-1960; Temperance material, 1909-1964; Other political material, 1901-1961; Religion material, 1904-1965; Nutrition material, 1909, 1928
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