Young boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll  by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Community Controlled Childcare in New York City

December 13, 2018

The papers of Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall highlight her role as a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement, an educator, and feminist scholar, as well as her involvement in New York City's community controlled childcare movement.

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.

College Equal Suffrage League Education and Progress banner. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCollege Equal Suffrage League Education and Progress banner. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Road to Better Data

July 19, 2017

In December 2016, Harvard Library successfully completed the migration of their finding aid data from a home grown, locally supported system into ArchivesSpace, an open source software that is used world-wide by over 300 archives.

Marietta Tree, ca.1945. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarietta Tree, ca.1945. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Marietta Tree: More than Just a Pretty Face

April 18, 2013

A celebrity in her own right among politicians and public figures of the mid-20th century, Mary (Marietta) Endicott Tree’s (1917–1991) life was defined by glamour, public service, and political pursuits. Her life was also characterized by the limitations and opportunities of being a woman in elite and powerful circles.

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? 

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.

Miriam Van Waters, ca. 1920Miriam Van Waters, ca. 1920

Celebrating the Quasquicentennial of Miriam Van Waters (October 4, 1887–January 17, 1974)

October 4, 2012

The Schlesinger Library holds the papers of Miriam Van Waters, Massachusetts juvenile court and penal reformist.

Caroline Iverson Ackerman was the first Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director to be hired by Shell Oil Company.

Summer Vacation

August 21, 2012

The Schlesinger Library contains the papers of Caroline Iverson Ackerman, aviator, journalist, and the first “Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director” to be hired by Shell Oil Company.

Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child

August 14, 2012

With generous funding from the Julia Child Foundation, the Schlesinger Library has recently digitized nearly 4,000 images of Julia and Paul Child from the Julia Child Papers.

Jennie Loitman BarronJennie Loitman Barron

Freedom for All

July 4, 2012

Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Jennie Loitman Barron, whose papers may be found at the Schlesinger Library, presented her speech “Freedom for All” at the Independence Day exercises at Faneuil Hall in Boston in 1960.

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