Young woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Business of Home Economics, Then and Now

November 21, 2019

Home economics has been stereotyped as solely the domain of housewives, but for thousands of 20th-century women, it was very much a business. 

Marguerite Stark Bellamy and John Stark Bellamy, 1910. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarguerite Stark Bellamy and John Stark Bellamy, 1910. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Stark Reminder for Polio Awareness Month

October 17, 2019

One of the aims of the Schlesinger Library is to document the lives of "ordinary" women. Among the thousands of diaries and letters of these women, we find wrenching stories of illnesses striking families and communities, like that of the Stark family afflicted with polio.

Presumably Hortense Saxon. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPresumably Hortense Saxon. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Working Class African Americans in the Papers of Hortense Carter Saxon

September 20, 2018

The papers of Hortense Carter Saxon, now open for research at the Schlesinger Library, offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of working class African Americans in New York and Connecticut during the 1920s.

Photo of Audrey C. Foote at age 18, sent to her future husband Timothy, 1944. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPhoto of Audrey C. Foote at age 18, sent to her future husband Timothy, 1944. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Love Letters and Diaries of Audrey C. Foote, 1928–2012

December 14, 2017

Audrey C. Foote (1926–2012) was a writer, scholar, and college teacher. The majority of her papers at the Schlesinger consists of love letters between her and husband.

Portrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Victoria Demarest and the Mothers Peace Movement

December 22, 2015

Victoria Demarest led religious revivals in the US and Canada and inaugurated the America for God Crusade in 1934. Preaching to women on love, marriage, and motherhood, she founded the World Association of Mothers for Peace in 1946 and was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church in 1949.

Excerpt from Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman's wireless telegraphy journal, 1901-1902. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryExcerpt from Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman's wireless telegraphy journal, 1901-1902. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Science and Spirits

October 30, 2015

Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman (1872–1965) was a science teacher, ordained Congregational minister, and poet, whose family were ardent believers in spiritualism.

Priscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPriscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Tradition of Diary-Keeping

June 20, 2014

The papers of the arts consultant and playwright Priscilla Dewey Houghton provide a look at the private musings and worldviews of three generations of women.

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