Women workers take part in a union demonstration, ca. 1981-1983, Photo by Bettye LaneWomen workers take part in a union demonstration, ca. 1981-1983, Photo by Bettye Lane

New Beginnings

As the Schlesinger Library's building undergoes an intensive renovation, increasing the diversity of its collections also remains a top priority. 

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Writing from the Library (Fall 2018)

Scholars continue to flock to the Schlesinger to conduct research. Here we highlight three recently published books whose authors relied in part on the Library’s holdings.

In 1932, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), one of the intellectual leaders of the women's movement from the 1890s through the 1920s and an author, was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. Long an advocate of euthanasia, Gilman committed suicide on August 17, 1935, choosing, she wrote, "chloroform over cancer." Before her body was cremated, this plaster death mask was made. Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, Schlesinger LibraryIn 1932, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), one of the intellectual leaders of the women's movement from the 1890s through the 1920s and an author, was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. Long an advocate of euthanasia, Gilman committed suicide on August 17, 1935, choosing, she wrote, "chloroform over cancer." Before her body was cremated, this plaster death mask was made. Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, Schlesinger Library

An Exhibition Lives Online

Although the physical manifestation of 75 Stories, 75 Years: Documenting the Lives of American Women at the Schlesinger Library—which ran from February 5 through November 1, 2018—was dismantled and packed up along with the rest of the Library’s contents, it remains on view online.

Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett and her husband, Donald Corbett, in front of the Schlesinger Library, Photo by Kevin GradyMarilyn Beaudry-Corbett and her husband, Donald Corbett, in front of the Schlesinger Library, Photo by Kevin Grady

Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett: Determination Paves Her Road to Philanthropy

When Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett HRP ’54 sets her mind to something, she usually accomplishes it. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1953, she sought a career in business and received a scholarship to Radcliffe’s Management Training Program. 

An architect's rendering of the Library's new gallery spaceAn architect's rendering of the Library's new gallery space

Closed for Renovations but Not for Research

The physical site of the Schlesinger may be shuttered for structural renovations until September 2019, but eager users need not worry: its holdings will still be available during the building’s closing.