Portrait of Maria L. Baldwin. Portrait photograph collection, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Maria L. Baldwin. Portrait photograph collection, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Recovering a Life without a Voice

December 11, 2019

Maria L. Baldwin (1856–1922) was an African American educator, a community leader, and the principal for over 30 years of the Agassiz School, a well-regarded, predominantly white public elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Midwife Jesusita Aragon, holding a newborn baby. Later copy of earlier photograph, ca. 1975. Fran Leeper Buss Oral History Collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMidwife Jesusita Aragon, holding a newborn baby. Later copy of earlier photograph, ca. 1975. Fran Leeper Buss Oral History Collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Who Remembers the Working Class?: Reflections on the Fran Buss Oral History Collection

April 18, 2019

The Schlesinger Library’s prioritization of the Fran Buss collection is one example of how in recent years many archives have been shifting their focus toward a fuller, deeper representation of society. 

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