Current Exhibition

Until Safety Is Guaranteed

Until Safety Is Guaranteed: Women and the Fight against Violence

April 6, 2015 to August 14, 2015

This exhibition provides historical evidence on the topic of gender violence and documents the experiences of women who have survived domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Inside the Collections

[Alice Hamilton, 1924. Courtesy of Alice Hamilton Papers, Schlesinger Library]

Comets, Asteroids, Poisons, Vertebrates, and More

Collections in the Schlesinger Library about women scientists are many, valuable, and related to the opportunities that women’s colleges—including Radcliffe College—afforded women.

Picks & Finds

[People lined up outside the United States Lines shipping office, hoping for a place on a United States-bound ship. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

What If War Broke Out While You Were on Vacation?

Nona Baldwin Brown (1918–2014), who became one of the first woman cub reporters for the city section of the New York Times in the 1940s, documented in photographs her ocean voyage from Europe after the outbreak of war.

Cartoon from unknown newspaper featuring Ogarita Booth, November 14, 1976.

Izola Forrester's Memoir, This One Mad Act: The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth and His Family by His Granddaughter

Almost from the moment of President Lincoln's assassination, questions began to circulate about John Wilkes Booth.  Was he acting on his own or was he directed by Confederate leaders seeking revenge for their defeat in the Civil War?  Was the man killed at Garrett's Farm really Booth, or did he escape and assume another identity?  While these questions have been debated by the descendants of Martha Lizola Mills, they have also debated a more personal question: is John Wilkes Booth their ancestor?