Elsie Gutchess was a women’s historian, interested specifically in the women of the United States and New York. Her research materials were compiled with the intention to write a column titled “Great Women of the USA”. Gutchess served as the village of Dryden’s historian before her death in April 2019, and a significant part of Gutchess’s research was about women in Dryden and Tompkins County.
Scope of Collection
The collection contains Gutchess’s research materials about women’s history, including her notes and transcripts of profiles she gave on women of history at various events. The collection is a mixture of primary and secondary sources, include a substantial portion of periodicals relating to the suffrage movement and health movements of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.