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Minnie Stowe Puett papers

Identifier: MS0076

Scope and Contents

This collection includes broadsides published by the Equal Suffrage Association of NC and the National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc.; correspondence, reports, and newsletters concerning the National League of Women Voters and the activities of the League's Committee on the Legal Status of Women and reflects the League's stand on political and social issues, e.g., the Equal Rights Amendment of 1931; and miscellaneous items on a wide variety of topics, the two most substantial being North Carolina and Presbyterian foreign ministers.


  • 1904 - 1933


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Minnie Leona Stowe Puett was born in 1871, the daughter of Charles Theodore Stowe and Margaret Ann Sloan, who owned large amounts of land in Gaston County and most of what is now Belmont, N.C. Two of C. T. Stowe's sons, Robert Lee and Samuel Pinckney, were successful businessmen in Belmont. Puett's husband, William Burgess Puett, came to Belmont from Forsyth County, GA, in 1886. He was associated with the Stowe family in a variety of business ventures from the late 1880s and on through the 1920s. William Puett, an incorporator and the first mayor of Belmont, and the Stowe family were involved in lumber, banking, textiles, and real estate. Minnie Stowe married William Puett in Belmont in 1896. They lived in the C. T. Stowe family home, "Stowe Hill", near Belmont. Minnie Puett was one of the organizers of the Belmont Women's Club and the Gaston County Federation of Women's Clubs. She was active in the Presbyterian Church, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the League of Women Voters, and the women's suffrage movement. The Puetts were among the most prominent families in Gaston County. She wrote The History of Gaston County in 1939. Mr. Puett died in 1942, Mrs. Puett died in 1945. For additional Stowe family history and Gaston County history see Robert Lee Stowe, Pioneer in Textiles (1965) by LeGette Blythe, and Early History of Belmont and Gaston County, North Carolina (1951), by R. L. Stowe, Sr.


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Language of Materials



Forty-four papers of a Gaston County resident, including broadsides (ca. 1917) published by the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina and the National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc. and correspondence and printed material (1931-33) concerning activities of the League of Women Voters, including its opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Also contains items relating to politics in North Carolina, to the paternity of Abraham Lincoln, and to Presbyterian missions in Asia and Africa.


The collection is arranged into one series, with several files that do not belong to any series. The series is "Miscellany - includes article quoting Stowe about Nancy Hanks (1904-1932).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of T. M. Hunter, 1982.

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Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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