"I’ve learned more about the work of archives . . . in the scant weeks since I became the Pforzheimer Director of the Schlesinger Library than in the previous two decades combined," says Jane Kamensky.
The Bill Baird collection, amassed by the outspoken activist for women’s reproductive rights since 1963, is the largest the Schlesinger Library has ever acquired.
The American Repertory Theater at Harvard's popular musical Waitress is now on Broadway, but artifacts related to the play will live on at the Schlesinger Library.
The Elizabeth Holtzman collection—which is still growing—documents her career as a feminist, an activist, and an advocate in and out of political life from the 1970s through the 1990s.
In 1967, when Cornelia Spelman was a theater and education major at Emerson College looking for a part-time job, a girlfriend talked her into applying to be a bunny at the Playboy Club in Boston.
When asked what her favorite thing is about being a historian, Claire Bond Potter, who recently joined the Schlesinger Library Council, says with some mirth, “Reading other people’s mail.”
Cecily Cannan Selby ’46 says of her remarkable and varied career, “I had the confidence and competence in problem solving that science can give you.”