Current Exhibition

Cookbooks to Treasure: Culinary Rarities from the Schlesinger Library [Detail of frontispiece from Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy, by a Lady (i.e., Hannah Glasse), circa 1790. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Cookbooks to Treasure: Culinary Rarities from the Schlesinger Library

December 14, 2015 to February 19, 2016

The cookbook is among the most prolifically published how-to manuals in history. As the examples in this exhibition show, ornate and valuable cookbooks have been produced since the early days of printing. Yet even very humble cookbooks acquire outsized importance when they document lost ways of life.

Inside the Collections

[Schlesinger Library Blackwell Family Papers Digital Collection]

New Blackwell Family Digital Suite

The Schlesinger Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Blackwell Family Digital Suite for the online delivery of the Blackwell Family Papers.

Picks & Finds

 [“We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress” (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Toothpick and the Washington Monument

When Elizabeth Holtzman, a relatively unknown Brooklyn attorney and New York state committeewoman, defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary in June 1972, it was a notable loss and an important victory for women in politics.

[Detail of Pat Parker illustration from flyer advertising lesbian poetry reading on July 19, 1974, in Sacramento, CA. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Pat Parker Papers at the Schlesinger Library

The papers of African American poet, activist, lesbian, feminist Pat Parker—whom feminist scholar and poet Adrian Oktenberg declared “the poet laureate of the Black and Lesbian peoples”—have just arrived at the Schlesinger Library.