Former Radcliffe fellow Catherine Allgor worked on a political biography of Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison, who created the role of what would be known as First Lady. The book would be the first full-length scholarly treatment of her life.
In great demand by researchers, the Dorothy West Collection features drafts and documentation of West's travels and her extensive correspondence, including letters from Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Fannie Hurst, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Weldon Johnson.
The Fragment Society of Boston—its original purpose "to assist in clothing the destitute, more especially destitute children"—celebrated its 200th anniversary this fall. Since 1981 the library has been honored to house the society's records, which are open for research.