Inside the Collections

[Members of the Blackwell family in Martha’s Vineyard, ca. 1906. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library,   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Collection Number: MC 411]

Those Extraordinary Blackwells: Leaders of Social Reform in 19th- and 20th-Century America

In January 2013, the Schlesinger Library received a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission to digitize its archival collections of the Blackwell family. The holdings contain close to 120,000 pages spread over five collections and spanning almost 200 years (1784–1981).

Picks & Finds

[Postcard with hair attached to portrait (detail), ca.1900. Ames family historical collection]

Tokens of Eternal Life: Locks of Hair in Collections

The Schlesinger Library’s manuscript collections often contain many different types of materials, from correspondence and diaries, to photographs and film. A few collections also contain more distinctive objects, such as keepsakes of locks of hair.

Louise Holborn: Advocating for Refugees

Louise Wilhelmine Holborn (1898-1975) was an educator, political scientist, and internationally recognized author on refugee issues. She was born in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany and grew up in a close-knit family of educators. Her personal papers provide insights into her struggle to obtain a graduate degree, document the erosion of German women’s rights during World War II, and detail her activities on behalf of international refugees.