National History Day/History Fair 2021

“Speaking Out” for Reform: The WCTU and Communication (examples of primary sources from the WCTU Archives)

We are happy to open the WCTU Archives to History Day / History Fair researchers, whether you choose the national theme, Communication in History, or another topic for your project.

How We Can Help…

  • See our PDF with research topics and resource recommendations
  • For those who feel comfortable visiting in person for research, the Archives is open by appointment for individuals or teams of 2 to 3. Please see our Guidelines for Visitors.
  • We are readily available for virtual interviews, as well as consultation by phone and email
  • We can supply scans of photos and documents from our collection

Featured Resource: “Truth-Telling”

This comprehensive digital exhibit documents the conflict between Frances and Willard and Ida B. Wells in the 1890s. The exhibit contains many primary sources showing how the arguments were communicated through newspaper articles and speeches in the U.S. and England.

Contact us

For more information about doing research our archives, please fill out the form on our research request page or email us at

Please note that the House Museum remains closed for the time being.

Resources to get you started

Congratulations to past competitors

Sonia Wanberg of William Howard Taft High School won at the State level with her documentary titled “Frances Willard: A Champion for Girls”

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