Schlesinger Library Provides Unprecedented Support for Discovery within Its Collections

More Than $86,000 Awarded to Support New Insights into American History
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August 16, 2016

Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

Cambridge, Mass.—The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has awarded more than $86,500 to fund projects that explore the library’s vast holdings on the lives of remarkable and everyday women and families in America. Supporting the work of students, scholars, and writers alike, this year’s grant funding is at its highest level in a decade.

“For more than 70 years, the Schlesinger has documented American history. We step in to collect unique materials and also step back to let students and scholars use our collections to make their own important discoveries,” 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. “This year’s grant recipients will bring fresh approaches to our world-class holdings, including not only the papers of extraordinary women, such as the pioneering abolitionists of the Beecher family and the civil rights activists Pauli Murray and June Jordan, but also the lives of everyday soldiers, scientists, and suffragists. Together, these researchers from around the world will uncover and document the breadth of American lives, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas.”  

The grant recipients will examine the library’s unique manuscript materials, rare books, magazines, photographs, and audiovisual and electronic media that illuminate women’s lives, gender dynamics, and societal issues. Researchers will study topics on gender violence, programs advocating sports equality, Native women, French cuisine, pedagogy in higher education, and more. 


The Schlesinger Library awarded Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships to support these Harvard College students in their undergraduate study.

Karen Chee ’17
“Clelia Duel Mosher’s Revolutionary Sex Survey and Women’s Research and Their Effects on Scientific, Social, and Political Causes”

Tez Clark ’18
“Dear Jane Crow: Understanding the Development of Race-Sex Analogy in Pauli Murray’s Epistolary Writings from a Philosophical Perspective”

Dana Ferrante ’17
“Regional yet National: Neapolitan Cuisine before, after, and within Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene”

Jessica Founier ’17
“Dreaming Beyond the Law: Examining Feminist Community-Based Responses to Gender Violence in a Historical Context”

Kirin Gupta ’16
“Sisters in Service: The Rhetoric of Service and Solidarity in Sister Soldier Recipient Letters of Thanks and Personal Donations”

Kevin O’Donnell ’17
“Abolitionists at War: James and Frances Beecher’s Role in the Freedmen’s Bureau”

Auguste Roc ’17
“The Politics of Black Female Rappers in Hip Hop through the Lens of Black Feminist Theorists in a Deindustrializing New York City (1985­–2010)”

Erin Shortell ’17
“The Poor Neurotic: 1960s Liberal Feminism and Mental Illness”

Jordan Weiers ’16
“The Dazzlingly Progressive Military: Military Multiculturalism and ‘Sister Soldier’”



Recipients of these grants are independent scholars and college and university faculty members from around the world.

Rachel Cleves, University of Victoria (Australia)
“Parmesan and Pleasure: A History of Food and Sex”

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University
“Elizabeth Pierce and Benevolent Womanhood: Evangelical Women in Transatlantic Reform through 1840”

Corrine Field, University of Virginia
“The Mother of the Race and Modern Girls: Racial Prejudice and Generational Conflict in the US Women’s Rights Movement, 1870–1920”

Laura Hartmann, Northeastern University
“Frances Davis: The Extraordinary Life of the Only American Woman Journalist in Nationalist Spain”

April Merleaux, Florida International University
“The Gender Politics of Risk in Women’s Environmental Activism of the 1970s–1980s”

Ben Miller 'RI 15, Independent Scholar
“My Aunt: Chemist, Black Belt, Plaintiff; Year of Discovery: Essay as Sculpture or ENTICEMENT TO ACTION”

Julia Sattler, Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)
“‘Freedom is Indivisible’: June Jordan and Global Feminisms’

Jamie Schultz, Pennsylvania State University
“In the Running: WEAL’s Athletic Advocacy”

Barbara Welke, University of Minnesota
“The Course of a Life”



The Schlesinger Library awards Dissertation Grants to scholars enrolled in a doctoral program and researching their dissertation topic.

David Busch, Carnegie Mellon University
“From Political Activists to Soup Kitchen Volunteers: The Emergence and Transformation of Community-Service Learning in American Higher Education, 1945­–1990”

Rachel Fabian, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Collectivity and Its Discontents: Transnational Figurations of 1970s­–1980s Collective Media Making and Activist Affects”

Mary Freeman, Columbia University
“Letter Writing and Politics in the Campaign against Slavery in the United States, 1830–1870”

Justina Licata, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“The Life and Death of Norplant: How Feminists and Class-Action Lawyers Brought Down the Most Promising Contraceptive Device in Decades”

Brooke Lober, University of Arizona
“Betty Friedan and Adrienne Rich: Conflict and Alliance in the Struggle—Feminist Anti-Imperialism, Palestine Solidarity, and the US Jewish Feminist Movement of the Late 20th Century”

Sabina Peck, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
“Rethinking ‘Success’ and ‘Failure’: Multiracial Activism within the Second Wave of Feminism in the United States”

Samantha Presnal, New York University
“Beyond the Foyer: How French Cuisinières Modernized Domestic Cuisine and Made Private Cooking a Public Affair, 1881–1914”

Sandy Placido, Harvard University
“A Global Vision: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle, 1931–1992”

Conor Tomas Reed, City University of New York
“CUNY Will Be Free: Movement Composition, Literatures, and Pedagogies at the City College of New York, 1960–1980”



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

Carrie Brave Heart, Colombia University
“Agnes T. (Mary) Crawler (Ta-sina-mani-win): Native American Warrior Woman”

Catherine Jacquet, Louisiana State University
“From Private Matter to Public Health Crisis: Nursing and the Intervention in Domestic Violence”

Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University
“Queer Youth: Gender and Desire in 20th-Century North America”

Susan Schmidt Horning, St. John’s University
“Garage Girls Around the World: An Oral History of All-Girl Rock Bands of the 1960s”

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