Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library Awards More than $80,000 for New Research into American History

Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerPhoto by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer
July 26, 2017

Black feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Transgender archives. American women’s history in the high school classroom.

These are a few of the many topics students and scholars will examine as they travel from across campus and from around the world to use the collections at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For nearly 75 years, the Schlesinger Library has documented women’s contributions to American history and opened its collections to the public. This year, the library awarded more than $80,000 in research support grants that will create new insights into American history.

“We live in an era of profound social and political change. These scholars and the diversity of the projects they are undertaking underscore how important it is to look into our history in order to understand the present and shape the future,” said Jane Kamensky, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor in the History Department at Harvard. “Aided by our research grants, these scholars will amplify the voices of remarkable and everyday women and families in America.”

Researchers will dive into the Schlesinger Library’s manuscripts, rare books, magazines, photos, and audiovisual materials to uncover both the lives of well-known Americans—including the photographer Bettye Lane, the actor and ambassador Shirley Temple, and the public relations executive and feminist Doris Fleischman—and the lives of everyday women, such as students involved in antiviolence movements on American college campuses. New stories will be documented through oral histories of the Native American women of Standing Rock who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline and of black women in New Orleans who are fighting against the mass incarceration of people of color.

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

The Schlesinger Library awarded Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships to support these Harvard College students using Schlesinger Library collections in their studies.

Julia Belanoff ’18
“Shirley Temple: An Investigation of Her Life in Film, Politics, and Activism”

Emma City ’18
“In Their Own Words: A Comparison of Different Genres of British Women’s Suffrage Writing”

Lindiwe Makgalemele ’18
“Untitled”

Nadya Okamoto ’20
“The Menstrual Movement: The History and Prospects of the Fight for Menstrual Equity”

Nora O’Neil ’18
“Disability and Womanhood”

Lizzy Schick ’19
“Feminism and the NAACP”

Jordan Villegas ’20
“Queering Commercial Gay Pornography: Transmasculinities and Erotics of Representation”

Research Support Grants

Recipients of these grants are independent scholars and college and university faculty members.

Julie E. Dowsett, York University (Canada)
“Doris Fleischman Bernays and the History of ‘Commodity Feminist’ Marketing”

Marlin Kann, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
“US History Document Reader”

Jen Manion, Amherst College
“Born in the Wrong Time: Transgender Archives and the History of Possibility”

Lina Maria Murillo, University of Texas at El Paso
“Birth Control in the Borderlands: Race, Gender, and Class in the Making of a Movement, 1937–1973”

Carol Quirke, SUNY Old Westbury
“The Eye of the Storm: Bettye Lane, Photojournalism, and the Women’s Movement, 1969–1981”

Kylie Smith, Emory University
“Separate and Unequal: Race, Gender, and Mental Health in the American South”

Zoe Thomas, University of Birmingham
“Collaborating Couples: Intimacy, Power, and Work in Britain and North America, c. 1850–1950”

Marcy Whitebook, University of California, Berkeley
“Necessary Evil or Public Good: The Origins of the Contemporary Child Care and Early Education Debate in the United States”

M. Wright, Texas State University
“ReSISTERS: Activating Archives from the Lesbian and Women’s Liberation Movements of the 1960s through the 1980s”

Dissertation Grants

The Schlesinger Library supports the intellectual work of rising scholars through Dissertation Grants for students enrolled in a doctoral program and researching their dissertation topics.

Desiree Abu-Odeh, Columbia University
“The Sexual Violence Problem and Antiviolence Work on American College Campuses, 1950– 2000”

Chris Babits, University of Texas at Austin
“To Cure a Sinful Nation: A Cultural History of Conversion Therapy and the Making of Modern America, 1930 to the Present”

Rachel Corbman, Stony Brook University
“Feminist Conference Archive: The Intellectual and Infrastructural History of Women’s Studies”

Saúl Espino Armendáriz, El Colegio de México
“Catholic Feminism in Mexico (c. 1965–1990): A Transnational Approach”

Brianna Nofil, Columbia University
“Gender, Community Policing, and Crime Control in the Late 20th Century.”

SaraEllen Strongman, University of Pennsylvania
“The Sisterhood: Black Women, Black Feminism, and the Women's Liberation Movement”

Dustin Valen, McGill University (Canada)
“Maritime by Design: Modernity and the Social Politics of Landscape Design in Newfoundland, 1898–1939”

Marama Whyte, University of Sydney (Australia)
“Women Making Headlines: Title VII Sex and Race Discrimination Cases within the US Mainstream Media, 1965–1980”

Oral History Grants

The Schlesinger Library awards Oral History Grants to scholars conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the United States.

Elizabeth Castle, Denison University
“Akicita Winyan (Warrior Women) of Standing Rock”

Rachel Gelfand, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Queer Intergeneration: Mourning, Memory, and Method”

Holly Genovese, Temple University
“‘My Soul Still Cries’: Race and Prisoner Rights Organizing in New Orleans, 1911–2017”

Mary McNeil, Harvard University
“Dialoguing across Differences: Boston Black Power and Black Feminist Women, 1966–1980”


The Schlesinger Library is currently accepting research grant and fellowship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year.

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