Historian, writer and research consultant David Votta has worked as History Librarian & Archivist for the Capital Area District Library since 2004. Previous to CADL he was employed at the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library/Archives and as a freelance reporter for NPR affiliate WDET in Detroit. He has studied at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and currently serves on more boards and commissions than he would like to think about.

3 responses to “Lost Lansing: Leslie’s Voltairine de Cleyre shattered the bounds of convention”

  1. bill castanier

    This is an amazing piece of Lansing history =quite a find


    This is so interesting, I didn’t any of this. There must be ‘something in the water,’ as the saying goes. Thanks so much for telling us about her. I went to high school in St. Johns, some of my family lived there in that same time period. I wonder if the local papers had anything about her. Fascinating.

  3. sandles

    Glad to see that this connection has gotten some attention, it seems like it remains a relatively obscure factoid to most people.

    Visitors coming across this article might also be interested in learning that De Cleyre lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a few years as well during an important period in her life when she got politically involved with the freethought movement, started lecturing and writing newspapers, became an editor of “The Progressive Age,” and eventually became an anarchist.

    This Grand Rapids connection is detailed in a history of anarchists in Grand Rapids titled “Mob Work”: