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Alma Lutz & Marguerite Smith

Alma Lutz (March 2, 1890 – August 1973) and Marguerite Smith (died in 1959), a librarian at the Protestant Zion Research Library in Brookline, Massachussetts, shared their lives from 1918 until the latter's death in 1959. Their lifelong relationship began when they roomed together at Vassar. They shared a Boston apartment and a summer home in the Berkshires, Highmeadow, Berlin, N.Y., not far from Susan B. Anthony's birthplace in Adams. Lutz and Smith worked in the National Woman’s Party. They travelled together, visiting Europe several times in the 1950s. When Smith died in 1959, Lutz struggled with her grief: “It’s a hard adjustment to make, but one we all have to face in one way or another and I am remembering that I have much to be grateful for.”

Alma Lutz was born in Jamestown, ND, and came to Vassar from the Emma Willard School. A leader in the fight for woman suffrage and equal rights, she was also author of several biographies of leading feminists. During her college years she was an active feminist; and after graduating from Vassar in 1912, she returned to North Dakota to work for women's suffrage. Six years later Alma Lutz moved to Boston, where she wrote for the National Woman's Party and did research on the role of women in American history. From that time her life was devoted to both activism and historical studies. In 1938 she served as editor of the official organ of the National Woman's Party, and was for many years a member of the party's national council.

Writer, as well as political activist, she wrote biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Emma Willard; and collaborated with Harriot Stanton Blatch on Mrs. Blatch's memoirs, Challenging Years. She also wrote Crusade for Freedom, a history of women in the antislavery movement. Alma Lutz served on the advisory committee of the Schlesinger Library, was a consultant to Notable American Women, and secretary of the Massachusetts Committee for the Equal Rights Amendment.


Susan B. Anthony's birthplace in Adams
Alma Lutz and Marguerite Smith shared their lives from 1918 until the latter's death in 1959. They shared a Boston apartment and a summer home in the Berkshires, Highmeadow, Berlin, N.Y., not far from Susan B. Anthony's birthplace in Adams. Lutz and Smith worked in the National Woman’s Party. When Smith died in 1959, Lutz struggled with her grief: “It’s a hard adjustment to make, but one we all have to face in one way or another and I am remembering that I have much to be grateful for.”

Source: specialcollections.vassar.edu/collections/findingaids/l/lutz_alma.html#d0e51

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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