"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.

Cover of Sassy, April 1996. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCover of Sassy, April 1996. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Getting Sassy at the Schlesinger: Circulating and Censoring Teenage Female Sexuality in the 1990s

November 24, 2015

Within historical literatures and zine cultures of the feminist third-wave, Sassy occupies an unprecedented and unparalleled position. Created with the primary purpose of providing honest sex education to America's teen girls, the magazine was staffed with women not long out of their own adolescence.

Excerpt from Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman's wireless telegraphy journal, 1901-1902. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryExcerpt from Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman's wireless telegraphy journal, 1901-1902. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Science and Spirits

October 30, 2015

Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman (1872–1965) was a science teacher, ordained Congregational minister, and poet, whose family were ardent believers in spiritualism.

Bert Hartry_photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Bert Hartry

October 7, 2015

The Schlesinger Library has lost a cherished colleague, a lover of archives, and one of our most devoted fans. Bert Hartry, who began working at the Library in 1978, died on September 16.

Preprinted promotional label pasted onto the front free endpaper of Avis DeVoto's copy of Mastering the Art of   French Cooking, vol. 2. Courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryPreprinted promotional label pasted onto the front free endpaper of Avis DeVoto's copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vol. 2. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library

Avis DeVoto and the Case of the Missing Mustard

September 24, 2015

The Schlesinger Library has several wonderful association copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including those of Denise Schorr, Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, and Ruth Lockwood. The capstone, however, is our recent acquisition of inscribed copies that belonged to Avis DeVoto.

Death masks of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDeath masks of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti

August 21, 2015

Papers of women and families held by the Schlesinger Library document various aspects of the high profile, emotionally charged Sacco and Vanzetti case.

Program for the 1988 Women in Theatre Festival. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryProgram for the 1988 Women in Theatre Festival. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Theatrical Women in Boston and Beyond: The Women in Theatre Festival

July 23, 2015

In 1983 Sophie Parker and Tita Wernimont cofounded Watermelon Studio, Inc. (later Next Stage Theatre), a theatrical company in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, creating a venue in which local women theater professionals could present original work. It featured a women’s theatre festival, offering performances from a broad range of cultures and viewpoints.

Hershe Michele Kramer and Estelle Coleman, May 8, 2015. Photo by Nancy A. CloverHershe Michele Kramer and Estelle Coleman, May 8, 2015. Photo by Nancy A. Clover

A Herstory Happening

June 18, 2015

It was 1983, the Cold War was in full swing, and concern over the deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe was a chilly reality. In reaction, a group of women established a place—the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice (WEFPJ)—to come together to protest and organize.

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