In January 2013, the Schlesinger Library received a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission to digitize its archival collections of the Blackwell family. The holdings contain close to 120,000 pages spread over five collections and spanning almost 200 years (1784–1981).
Inside the Collections
December 18, 2014
September 11, 2014
The recently digitized writings of Ann Maria Davison (1783–1871)—six diaries (1847–1860) and the manuscript of an antislavery tract—are the work of an educated, articulate, and devoutly religious Southern woman who was unequivocal in her criticism of slavery.
February 21, 2014
The Schlesinger Library's collections include published works and papers of an impressive group of American poets, among them Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, June Jordan, Jean Valentine, Ruth Whitman, May Sarton, Honor Moore, Jean Lunn, and Eve Merriam.
August 19, 2013
With recent attempts across the country to limit access to abortion and contraception, the library’s collections are particularly relevant. More than 135 collections document the long history of women’s struggle for reproductive freedom and the history of contraception in the United States. Not least among them is the Mary Ware Dennett Collection.
January 30, 2013
The Schlesinger Library's Gerda Lerner papers focus primarily on her life in the United States and on her professional life as a historian and activist, but in interviews in the collection and in her powerful memoir Fireweed, Lerner opens a window onto the early years that shaped the woman she became.