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Upstate New York and the Women's Rights Movement

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"A full report of the woman's rights agitation in the State of New York, would in a measure be the history of the movement. In this State, the preliminary battles in the anti-slavery, temperance, educational, and religious societies were fought; the first Governmental aid given to higher education of woman, and her voice first heard in teachers' associations. Here the first Woman's Rights Convention was held, the first demand made for suffrage, the first society formed for this purpose, and the first legislative efforts made to secure the civil and political rights of women; commanding the attention of leading members of the bar....Here too the pulpit made the first demand for the political rights of woman. Here was the first temperance society formed by women, the first medical college opened to them, and woman first ordained for the ministry."

History of Woman Suffrage, volume 1, page 472.  

Wilson's Days: The Life and Legacy of Joseph C. Wilson

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Meliora is the motto of the University of Rochester, and translates from the Latin as “ever better.” The form in Latin has an imperative quality—an exhortation to do better and to be better.

Perhaps no individual has embodied the concept of Meliora more fully than Joseph C. Wilson--alumnus of the class of 1931, Trustee, community leader, and business leader.

Since 1972, Wilson Day has been an exhortation — to students, faculty, and staff — to remember the life of Joseph C. Wilson and to honor his example to make the world “ever better” by engaging in the life of our community.

This website explores Wilson's life and legacy through photographs, correspondence, speeches, and audio and videorecordings.

Post Family Papers Project

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“We rejoice in commotion for it gives signs of vitality.” -- Mary Robbins Post to Amy Kirby Post


In the nineteenth-century, Rochester, New York was a boiling cauldron of civic activism. No other family epitomized this “commotion” of activity as much as the members of the Post family. The Post Family Papers Digitization Project has digitized all of the materials in the Post Family Papers housed in the University of Rochester Library. The work was undertaken by undergraduate and graduate students, and the materials, which include letters from Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman and many others are available for study.