Black and white photograph of Marian Le Sueur, mother of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1900.

Marian Le Sueur

Marian Le Sueur, mother of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1900.

Le Sueur, Meridel (1900–1996)

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist Meridel Le Sueur was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmentalist causes.

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Dakota woman scraping a hide

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Color image of a Walnut sewing table used by Harriet Bishop. Created in 1850.

Harriet Bishop’s sewing table

Walnut sewing table used by Harriet Bishop. Created in 1850.

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Harriet Bishop. Painted c.1880 by Andrew Falkenshield; based on an engraving of Bishop made in 1860.

Harriet Bishop

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Harriet Bishop. Painted c.1880 by Andrew Falkenshield; based on an engraving of Bishop made in 1860.

Bishop, Harriet E. (1817–1883)

Harriet Bishop, best known as the founder of St. Paul’s first public and Sunday schools, was also a social reformer, land agent, and writer. In the 1840s, she led a vanguard of white, middle-class, Protestant women who sought to bring “moral order” to the multi-cultural fur-trade society of pre-territorial Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of Agnes Keenan (left) and her sister, Anna Keenan (Sister Immaculata, CSJ), c.1960. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Agnes Keenan (left) and her sister, Anna Keenan (Sister Immaculata, CSJ)

Agnes Keenan (left) and her sister, Anna Keenan (Sister Immaculata, CSJ), c.1960. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Agnes Keenan, c.1945. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Professor Agnes Keenan

Agnes Keenan, c.1945. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Agnes Keenan in her office, c.1950. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Agnes Keenan in her office

Agnes Keenan in her office, c.1950. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Sister Mary William Brady, Agnes Keenan, and Sister Maris Stella Smith (later Sister Alice Smith), 1961.

Sister Mary William Brady, Agnes Keenan, and Sister Maris Stella

From left to right: Sister Mary William Brady, Agnes Keenan, and Sister Maris Stella Smith (later Sister Alice Smith), 1961. From the Agnes Keenan Collection. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul.

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