Library Materials Out in the World

Covers of books researched at the Schlesinger Library

Each year, dozens of researchers rely on Schlesinger Library materials during the course of their work. Here, we’ve collected the titles published since last July that have benefited from our collections. How are our many personal papers, manuscripts, and memorabilia used by scholars and writers? Read on to find out.

Mourning Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the victim of our young nation’s first presidential assassination, on April 15, 1865. Martha Hodes’s examination of intimate responses to this historic event, which she found in personal diaries and correspondence from the following spring and summer, culminated in Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, 2015). Hodes, a New York University professor of history, tapped many of the Schlesinger’s collections during her research, and members of the Albert Gallatin Browne family, hailing from New England, recur at various points in the narrative. The resulting book is the first of its kind, and it has landed Hodes on the nonfiction longlist for the 2015 National Book Awards.

Watch video of Martha Hodes talking about what she found in her research.

A Forgotten Sisterhood

In A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Audrey Thomas McCluskey acquaints us with the legacy of four black activist women who fought discrimination from the late 19th to the mid 20th century: Lucy Craft Laney, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, and Nannie Helen Burroughs. The book relies not only on the women’s personal writings, but also on remembrances from their students. The Papers of Charlotte Hawkins Brown—a nationally recognized educator in the early 20th century who transformed a one-room school into the accredited school and junior college known as the Palmer Memorial Institute—are housed at the Schlesinger.

Too Hot to Handle

Jonathan Zimmerman has published the first truly international look at a controversial topic with Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education (Princeton University Press, 2015), in which he details more than a century of school-based sex education—how it developed and eventually became a hot-button issue. At the Schlesinger, he used the Papers of Mary Steichen Calderone, a medical doctor and public health expert who took up the sex-ed cause in the mid-1960s. A professor of education and history at New York University, Zimmerman received a 2009–2010 Research Support Grant, which helped fuel this work.

These books, also published in the past year, are based on research the authors conducted in Schlesinger Library collections:

  • Michele Wehrwein Albion, The Quotable Amelia Earhart (University of New Mexico Press, 2015)
  • Geraldine Jonçich Clifford, Those Good Gertrudes: A Social History of Women Teachers in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)
  • Sammy R. Danna, Lydia Pinkham: The Face That Launched a Thousand Ads (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015)
  • Kristin Kobes Du Mez, A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Marcia M. Gallo, “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press, 2015)
  • Daniel Geary, Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
  • Debbie Z. Harwell, Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964 (University Press of Mississippi, 2014)
  • Anthony C. Infanti, Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective (Ashgate, 2015)
  • Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart, Cornelia Hughes Dayton, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Women’s America: Refocusing the Past (Oxford University Press, 2015), Eighth Edition
  • Diane Kiesel, She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer (Potomac Books, 2015)
  • Dean J. Kotlowski, Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR (Indiana University Press, 2015)
  • Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, 2014)
  • Betty Luther Hillman, Dressing for the Culture Wars: Style and the Politics of Self-Presentation in the 1960s and 1970s (University of Nebraska Press, 2015)
  • Barbara McCaskill, Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2015)
  • Robyn Muncy, Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 2015)
  • Premilla Nadasen, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon Press, 2015)
  • Susan Christine Seymour, Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent (University of Nebraska Press, 2015)
  • Michael E. Shay, Sky Pilots: The Yankee Division Chaplains in World War I (University of Missouri Press, 2014)
  • Taeko Shibahara, Japanese Women and the Transnational Feminist Movement before World War II (Temple Univresity Press, 2015)
  • John C. Spurlock, Youth and Sexuality in the Twentieth-Century United States (Routledge, 2015),
  • Nathan Stormer, Sign of Pathology: U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion, 1800s–1960s (Penn State University Press, 2015)
  • Megan Threlkeld, Pan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara J. Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, with photographs by Samantha S. B. van Gerbig, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Nancy Woloch, A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s–1990s (Princeton University Press, 2015)
  • J.D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry, Alice Paul: Claiming Power (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Mary Ziegler, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate (Harvard University Press, 2015)

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