In Honor of Women's History Month: The Things We Carried

March 14, 2013

In the course of the past 150 years, women’s efforts in behalf of social justice (including suffrage, equal rights, fair labor laws, peace, and civil rights for African Americans and gays and lesbians) have been well documented in diaries, speeches, correspondence, and meeting minutes—some passionate and intimate, others written for a public audience. But what happens to those ephemeral pieces left behind in dresser drawers or rolled up at the back of a closet, forgotten once the march was over or the election won? 

Catharine Stimpson, Barbara Deming, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Orenstein at The Woman's Salon, May 8, 1976. Copyright: Estate of Freda LeinwandCatharine Stimpson, Barbara Deming, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Orenstein at The Woman's Salon, May 8, 1976. Copyright: Estate of Freda Leinwand

Freda Leinwand

February 25, 2013

The Schlesinger Library recently acquired the Freda Leinwand Papers and photographs collection, consistenting of over 36,000 image many of which document the activities of the Women's Movement in New York City.

First opening The raw food table / by Dr. Benedict Lust's School of Diet. Butler, N.J. : Published by Benedict Lust, (1915). Schlesinger Pamphlets 613.26 L968r.First opening The raw food table / by Dr. Benedict Lust's School of Diet. Butler, N.J. : Published by Benedict Lust, (1915). Schlesinger Pamphlets 613.26 L968r.

Dining with Dissent: Politics and Protest in Vegetarian Cookbooks

February 11, 2013

The Schlesinger Library's vegetarian cookbooks provide a look into book history, social movements, subcultures, and, certainly, food.  

Louise Walker, aboard a ship about to sail for Europe, 1935Louise Walker, aboard a ship about to sail for Europe, 1935

They Call It Love

February 4, 2013

Hundreds of love letters and diary entries about love, heartbreak, marriage, divorce, and family relationships spanning four generations are among the materials in the Louise Walker McCannel Papers, which the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute received between 2008 and 2012.

Women's Reproductive Rights Around the Globe

January 29, 2013

In 1976, the Portuguese journalist and activist Maria Antonia Palla produced and aired a documentary on Portuguese television titled “Abortion: The Crime Is in the Law.” It documented an illegal abortion clinic and advocated for decriminalization of the procedure. She was jailed for “moral offenses” and “incitation to crime.” Her trial did not occur until 1979.

Cover to Ladies: 1962 addesses from Concord Academy with illustations by Tasha Tudor

Advice to Young Ladies in 1962: Elizabeth Blodgett Hall's Addresses to Concord Academy Graduates

January 15, 2013

Concord Academy is known as a top-flight boarding school whose alumni include Caroline Kennedy and Drew Faust. Much of the school's reputation was built under the administration of Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, who served as headmistress from 1949 to 1963, and whose tenure was marked by her addresses containing advice for the student body.

June Jordan Promotional Photo. 1969. June Jordan Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe InstituteJune Jordan Promotional Photo. 1969. June Jordan Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

June Jordan: Poet of the People

January 10, 2013

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.

"Dear Santa": letters from childhood in the Schlesinger Library manuscript collections

December 21, 2012

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.

Shop Local, Bank Local

November 27, 2012

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.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

November 16, 2012

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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