The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute is proud to serve as the repository of the manuscript and audiovisual collections of the award-winning author, poet, and social and political activist June Jordan.
Picks & Finds
Scholars have researched the development of gender roles through childhood letters. The Schlesinger Library has several "Dear Santa" letters in our collections. Whether you read them for amusement or to determine a more symbolic meaning is entirely up to you.
The community cookbooks in the Schlesinger Library’s culinary collection give us glimpses into the past, though some offer a wider lens than others. Created to raise funds for various civic and religious organizations, they frequently include extensive local advertisements; showing us what we ate and how we ate it is often the least of what we can learn from them.
Among the Annie Ware Winsor Allen Papers held at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library is a folder titled "Thanksgiving Poems, 1863–1916." The contents document the Thanksgiving celebrations of the Ware family from 1863 to 1908.
In honor of Veterans Day, we present a highlight from our collection, the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers. The first woman elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts, Edith Nourse Rogers served for 35 years and chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
There are many ways for American citizens to participate in the political process. Although elections are central to our form of government, they are only part of the story. After election day, the work continues: changing the status quo is never quick or easy. The Schlesinger Library collects and makes available for research the correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and other papers of activists for civil rights, women’s health issues, peace and justice, welfare rights, and labor rights, as well as campaign materials regarding marriage equality, national health insurance, and capital punishment.
Halloween has grown from its origins as a Celtic harvest festival and a Catholic celebration of saints and martyrs to be one of America’s favorite holidays. Popular magazines from over the past century, housed at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library illustrate the evolution from a simple children’s amusement to an extravaganza for people of all ages and from a small domestic celebration to an $8 billion retail event.
Fantasia Fair, founded by activist Ariadne Kane whose papers are at the Schlesinger, has provided a supportive environment for individuals exploring alternative gender identities and roles since 1975. Held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Fair celebrated its 37th year in October 2012.
October 12—the Day of Digital Archives—and every day at the Schlesinger Library is dedicated to finding new ways to use technology in manuscript processing. The library began an Experimental Archives project in 2011 with a team of archivists working collaboratively to brainstorm and then test new approaches.
The Schlesinger Library holds the papers of Miriam Van Waters, Massachusetts juvenile court and penal reformist.