About the Lucretia Coffin 
Mott Project

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Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) devoted her life to the abolition of slavery, women's rights, school and prison reforms, temperance, peace, and religious tolerance.  Although a major figure in the reform movements of the nineteenth-century, Mott's importance has been under-estimated by the public and scholars until recently. With the placement of the Stanton-Mott-Anthony sculpture in the Capitol Rotunda in June 1997, and the sesquicentennial of the historic Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention of 1848, Mott's life is receiving renewed attention. 

The Lucretia Coffin Mott Papers Project aims to gather all existing letters to and from this early women's rights leader and will create a database of all existing correspondence.  The volume of selected letters from Mott has been published by the University of Illinois Press.  To purchase a copy call sales for UIP at 800-545-4703. 

The Lucretia Coffin Mott Papers project is one of many undertakings throughout the U.S. which preserve and distribute the correspondence, diaries, and speeches of significant American men and women. Created in 1978, the Association for Documentary Editing promotes documentary editing through the exchange of ideas among the community of scholars, editors, and other interested parties. Members of the ADE publish editions in history, literature, philosophy, science, and the arts in various forms: traditional print volumes, microform editions, and, most recently, electronic editions. 


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