Current Exhibit

Judy Chicago: Through the Archives

February 26, 2014 to September 25, 2014

Artist Judy Chicago's teaching and use of women’s history and “women's crafts” revolve around her belief that “female experience could be construed to be every bit as central to the larger human condition as is the male.”

Inside the Collections

Ann Maria Davison

The recently digitized writings of Ann Maria Davison (1783–1871)six diaries (1847–1860) and the manuscript of an antislavery tractare the work of an educated, articulate, and devoutly religious Southern woman who was unequivocal in her criticism of slavery. 

Picks & Finds

[Now You Are 10. Neenah, Wisconsin: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1958. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

“You’re a Young Lady Now”: Menstrual Education Through Advertising

Earlier this year, the Schlesinger Library acquired a variety of menstruation education pamphlets ranging in date from 1905 to 1988, with the majority published from the 1940s to the 1960s.

[Priscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

A Tradition of Diary-Keeping

The papers of the arts consultant and playwright Priscilla Dewey Houghton provide a look at the private musings and worldviews of three generations of women.