September 11, 2014

The recently digitized writings of Ann Maria Davison (1783–1871)six diaries (1847–1860) and the manuscript of an antislavery tractare the work of an educated, articulate, and devoutly religious Southern woman who was unequivocal in her criticism of slavery. 

[Honor Moore. Photo by Victoria Rue, courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

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.

Sex Side of Life by Mary Ware Dennett

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.

[Fireweed cover image. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

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.

December 7, 2012

Recently, an especially fragile scrapbook, created by the World War I nurse Beatrice MacDonald, came to Schlesinger Library’s conservation department. The scrapbook is part of the Ann Fraser Brewer Papers.