Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

May Arkwright Hutton Collection

May Arkwright Hutton
May Arkwright Hutton.

May Arkwright Hutton operated a boarding house in the Coeur d’Alene mining district. She and her husband, Levi, invested in the Hercules Mine, and when it struck silver ore in 1901 they found themselves suddenly very wealthy. They moved to Spokane in 1906 and attended their investments, while May identified herself with politics, especially the women’s suffrage movement. She wrote and lectured tirelessly, organizing and campaigning towards the state election of 1910, which brought the ballot to Washington women. The collection consists of a varied and consistently detailed group of personal letters relating to suffrage activities, social and political events, and family matters, and manuscripts for speeches on equal rights – all written in May Arkwright Hutton’s own energetic, forceful style. Also included are photographs and scrapbooks.
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Women's Collection

Helen Peterson in her police uniform, Libby Studio, 1954, NWMAC
Helen Peterson in her police uniform, Libby Studio, 1954, NWMAC.

A collection of photographs, letters, and pamphlets related to a wide variety of topics in women's history. Subjects covered include women in politics, women's clubs, charitable organizations, women of color, suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, women in the workforce, prohibition, and prostitution. The collection contains materials from multiple archival collections, including the Marion Moos Papers.

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Additional Materials

The NWMAC online collection catalog provides access to a portion of the museum's vast collections. View additional materials on women's history by typing 'women' in the search box.

Finding Aids

  • American Association of University Women, Spokane Branch
  • Mary W. Avery Research Files
  • Ballou Family Papers
  • Eleanor B. Day Boyce Papers
  • Chase Family Papers
  • Clifford M. Drury Papers
  • Greenacres Woman's Club Records
  • Marion E. Hay Papers
  • Reba J. Hurn Diaries
  • Agnes M. Kehoe Papers
  • League of Women Voters, Spokane Chapter Records
  • Spokane Federation of Women's Organizations Records
  • Anna M. Stratton Diaries
  • Julia Stuart Papers
  • Abbie Widner Letters
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union, East Washington Chapter Papers
  • Woman’s Club of Spokane Records


Rose KrauseNWMAC
Curator of Special Collections

Marsha Rooney
Curator of History

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. 1st Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204