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.
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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.
The Julia Child collections at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute contain everything from tax forms to recipes, from personal letters to family to work-related queries to and from the many people with whom Child worked. One stream of correspondence—between Child and her editor Judith Jones documents the production process behind Child’s books.
Opening this Friday, September 21, the Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library's Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and national television.
The Schlesinger Library contains the papers of Caroline Iverson Ackerman, aviator, journalist, and the first “Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director” to be hired by Shell Oil Company.