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

Collaboration Among the Seven Siblings

January 15, 2015

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.

Jessie Hainning Rupert (detail from program for the 43rd reunion of the 34th Massachusetts Regiment), 1908. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJessie Hainning Rupert (detail from program for the 43rd reunion of the 34th Massachusetts Regiment), 1908. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“Angel of the Shenandoah”

December 18, 2014

A new collection of papers of a Civil War heroine has arrived just in time to coincide with the opening of the Schlesinger Library’s exhibit, What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War. Known as the "Angel of the Shenandoah," Jessie Hainning Rupert (1831–1909) was born in Scotland and moved with her family to Ohio in the 1830s.

July 1972 inaugural issue of Ms. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJuly 1972 inaugural issue of Ms. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Behind the Scenes at Magazines

November 21, 2014

How do "ordinary women" describe their lives, construct identity, experience, and participate in mass media and culture? How can historians learn about the lived experience of most women, whose lives are outside of the public eye? One approach is to examine letters written to trusted magazines.

That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts book jacket, 2004. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryThat Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts book jacket, 2004. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Deconstructing That Takes Ovaries

October 2, 2014

That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women and Their Brazen Acts is a book, a play, an "open-mic" movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to issues of women’s equality and empowerment, and now a digital collection at the Schlesinger Library.

Advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, 1890, MC 181, vol. 345o. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryAdvertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, 1890, MC 181, vol. 345o. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Advertising Motherhood with the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company

September 18, 2014

Lydia Estes Pinkham was lauded as “the saviour of her sex” for her Vegetable Compound, which claimed to “cure entirely the worst form of Female Complaints.” Advertising was at the core of her company’s success from its inception.

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

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

July 17, 2014

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 LibraryPriscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Tradition of Diary-Keeping

June 20, 2014

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.

From tintype album of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall, ca. 1900-1905. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFrom tintype album of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall, ca. 1900-1905. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Bird in Hand: Uncovering Photographic Treasures

March 20, 2014

Approximately 75,000 photographs from the Schlesinger Library's collections are now available online. 

Drawing for the Mary Wollstonecraft runner of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDrawing for the Mary Wollstonecraft runner of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Crafting the Dinner Party

February 25, 2014

Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party depicts and celebrates the lives of mythical and historical women, each of whom represent a historical period in Western civilization.

Susan B. Anthony, c.1900. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger LibrarySusan B. Anthony, c.1900. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Susan B. Anthony Papers Join Our Growing Digital Collections

January 27, 2014

The Schlesinger Library has digitized several small collections of Susan B. Anthony papers consisting of correspondence, diaries, and speeches, as well as photographs, inscriptions in books, and memorabilia related to the American icon.

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