Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Pat Parker and Audre Lorde Letters

August 25, 2016

The Pat Parker papers arrived at the Schlesinger Library in January 2016 and are in the final stages of processing. The collection includes letters between the poet and her friends (mostly other poets and writers), including Audre Lorde, with whom she discussed their literary work, personal lives, and experiences with cancer.

Portrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library

A Heroine in Everyday Life: Pauli Murray's Legal Education

August 3, 2016

In a career that spanned most of the 20th century, Pauli Murray lent her voice to a wide array of causes and organizations as she tackled the overlapping inequities of race, gender, and class in American life. Perhaps more than any individual before her, Murray helped generations of activists to theorize and understand the intersections between these different dimensions of identity.

Political caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPolitical caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Anita Parkhurst Willcox: The New American Woman and the Red Scare

June 23, 2016

During the 1910s and 1920s, Anita Parkhurst Willcox (1892–1984) created numerous images of the “New American Woman”—idealized images of young, fashionable, beautiful women. Her artwork appeared in the Saturday Evening PostCollier’s, and other magazines.

Transgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryTransgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

What's Your Pronoun?

May 26, 2016

Transgender people and activists, as well as those who feel they don't fit neatly into a gender binary, have questioned the use of gendered pronouns in the English language and shifted public awareness and conversation on the topic.

"My Jolly Chickadee by Agnes S.J. Powers. From the papers of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, courtesy of Schlesinger Library"My Jolly Chickadee by Agnes S.J. Powers. From the papers of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Poet and Postmaster

April 28, 2016

Agnes Jones served as school teacher, postmaster, and lay preacher during her long life, but perhaps may be remembered most especially for her vivid religious poems.

Can of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCan of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Symbol of a Grateful Nation

March 24, 2016

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, stories of generosity and community spirit continue to inspire modern audiences. Among Grace E. Frysinger’s papers are materials documenting one such moment featuring networks of women on two continents, a queen, a first lady, and a can of plums.

Finding a Needle in a Haystack; Using Digital Collections for Research

March 10, 2016

During the last decade, the Schlesinger library has been involved in a series of projects and grants to digitize some of the library’s most popular collections. Some of these collections include the Blackwell Family, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan B. Anthony, the Beecher-Stowe Family, and Dorothy West.

"We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress" (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library"We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress" (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Toothpick and the Washington Monument

January 28, 2016

When Elizabeth Holtzman, a relatively unknown Brooklyn attorney and New York state committeewoman, defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary in June 1972, it was a notable loss and an important victory for women in politics.

Detail of Pat Parker illustration from flyer advertising lesbian poetry reading on July 19, 1974, in Sacramento, CA. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDetail of Pat Parker illustration from flyer advertising lesbian poetry reading on July 19, 1974, in Sacramento, CA. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Pat Parker Papers at the Schlesinger Library

January 27, 2016

The papers of African American poet, activist, lesbian, feminist Pat Parker—whom feminist scholar and poet Adrian Oktenberg declared “the poet laureate of the Black and Lesbian peoples”—have just arrived at the Schlesinger Library.

Portrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Victoria Demarest and the Mothers Peace Movement

December 22, 2015

Victoria Demarest led religious revivals in the US and Canada and inaugurated the America for God Crusade in 1934. Preaching to women on love, marriage, and motherhood, she founded the World Association of Mothers for Peace in 1946 and was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church in 1949.

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