Current Exhibition

What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War exhibition

What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War

October 15, 2014 to March 20, 2015

This exhibition features diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts from four years of Civil War that offer intimate glimpses into the lives of men and women affected by the strife. The words were written in parlors, hospitals, and schoolrooms; around campfires and on tossing ships; to and from mothers, brothers, and sweethearts, teachers, soldiers, and sailors.

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

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.

[Radcliffe students attending YWCA conference at Silver Bay, New York, 1916. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Collaboration Among the Seven Siblings

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library is collaborating with archivists from the former "Seven Sisters" women's colleges on The History of Women’s Education Open Access Portal Project.