New books with protective covers, barcodes, and preliminary descriptions waiting for cataloger to create a full description for the HOLLIS catalog.New books with protective covers, barcodes, and preliminary descriptions waiting for cataloger to create a full description for the HOLLIS catalog.

E-books at the Schlesinger Library?

January 17, 2019

The Schlesinger Library is committed to providing access to the materials that document women’s lives, whether those materials are printed on paper or displayed through websites, podcasts, and Twitter feeds.

Portrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger Library

Jane Norman Smith and the National Woman’s Party

October 18, 2018

Jane Norman Smith was the chairwoman of the National Woman’s Party from 1927 to 1929. By delving into her papers, one gets a ring-side seat to American women’s battles for suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt.  Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt. Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women’s Conference, 1977

November 20, 2017

November 18–21, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the unprecedented, historic, Congressionally mandated National Women’s Conference.

Phyllis Schlafly at press conference at International Women's Year, Houston, Texas, November 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPhyllis Schlafly at press conference at International Women's Year, Houston, Texas, November 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Phyllis Schlafly: A Conservative Voice at the Schlesinger Library

January 4, 2017

Phyllis Schlafly, who died last September at age 92, had a long career as a leader of the cultural right. She was the founder of the conservative advocacy organization Eagle Forum and the public persona of the pro-family movement from 1972 until her death.

First Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFirst Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Hidden Collections: Photographs of the Women’s Movement

November 17, 2016

The Schlesinger Library recently received two years of Hidden Collections grants from the Harvard Library, which allowed us to select, catalog, and digitize a large portion of photographs that document the women’s liberation movement between the late 1960s and 1980s.

"We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress" (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library"We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress" (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Toothpick and the Washington Monument

January 28, 2016

When Elizabeth Holtzman, a relatively unknown Brooklyn attorney and New York state committeewoman, defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary in June 1972, it was a notable loss and an important victory for women in politics.

Women machinists operating drills, ca. 1942. Courtesy of Women's Bureau Photograph Collection, Schlesinger LibraryWomen machinists operating drills, ca. 1942. Courtesy of Women's Bureau Photograph Collection, Schlesinger Library

Discovering Rosie

November 21, 2013

In early to mid-2013, I digitized a collection of unedited personal interviews; subjects for the documentary film The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter. I listened to about 40 hours of “Rosie” interviews with the real women who were hired by US industry and manufacturing to help with the war effort during World War II.

Left to right: Alice Morrison, Evelyn Harrison, Hortense Boutell, and Mary Hilton during a meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Val-Kill, New York, June 1962. Catherine East Papers, Schlesinger LibraryLeft to right: Alice Morrison, Evelyn Harrison, Hortense Boutell, and Mary Hilton during a meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Val-Kill, New York, June 1962. Catherine East Papers, Schlesinger Library

The President's Commission on the Status of Women—50 Years Later

October 18, 2013

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Schlesinger Library is featuring a few women who were members of or staffed the commission.

Julia Ward Howe (oil on canvas), 1906. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJulia Ward Howe (oil on canvas), 1906. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Saturday Morning Club of Boston

September 19, 2013

The archives of the Schlesinger Library include several collections that highlight the women’s club movement and the lives of its founding members. Organized and directed by women, the mission and objectives of the clubs varied, but most provided ample opportunities for self-improvement and voluntary civic work. The earliest clubs were formed shortly after the Civil War, and by the late 19th century, clubs had rapidly spread across the nation.

March on Washington 20th anniversary poster detail. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarch on Washington 20th anniversary poster detail. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“I Have A Dream" and the March on Washington—50 Years Later

August 27, 2013

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Schlesinger Library is highlighting the papers of several women from our collections who fought for civil rights, some of whom participated in the monumental march on August 28, 1963. It was one of the most successful civil rights demonstrations in the history of America.

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