Fourth National Women's Music Festival program cover, 1977Fourth National Women's Music Festival program cover, 1977

Getting In Tune: Women's Summer Music Festivals

June 18, 2013

Summer can evoke images of friends, music, freedom, and the outdoors. Although people don’t generally associate libraries with music and the outdoors, some collections of personal papers currently held by the Schlesinger Library contain materials from open-air events, such as women’s music festivals.  Many of these music festivals began in the 1970s, and women who attended them often experienced them as a form of fellowship. The events provided a supportive community for those who may have felt isolated in the larger society.

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.

The Hite Report book cover

Experimenting in the Archives

October 12, 2012

October 12—the Day of Digital Archives—and every day at the Schlesinger Library is dedicated to finding new ways to use technology in manuscript processing. The library began an Experimental Archives project in 2011 with a team of archivists working collaboratively to brainstorm and then test new approaches.

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.

Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.

Suffrage Posters

August 26, 2013

The Schlesinger Library has recently digitized hundreds of posters from its collections, including dozens of suffrage posters representing the efforts of both the American and British suffrage campaigns. To celebrate the certification of the 19th Amendment, which occurred on August 26, 1920, we’ve put together a few highlights below.

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