Current Exhibition

[Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute]

75 Stories, 75 Years: Documenting the Lives of American Women at the Schlesinger Library

February 5, 2018 to November 1, 2018

The 75 documents and objects in this anniversary exhibition evoke the depth and breadth of the Schlesinger Library’s holdings. They tell 75 stories—harrowing, heartbreaking, pathbreaking, brave—about American women’s lives and about the history of the library itself.

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Picks & Finds

[Courtesy of Ayoola White]


When I began working at the Schlesinger Library in 2017, my first major project involved processing the papers of Judy Chicago. Prior to working on this project, I had never heard of her. As I quickly learned, the centerpiece of that legacy is a work known as The Dinner Party.

[American painter Zella de Milhau and an unidentified friend standing in front of an army truck, wearing uniforms, ca. 1914–1918. Photographs of Jessie Tarbox Beals. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Women and The Great War: A Selection of Holdings at the Schlesinger Library

The Schlesinger Library's holdings related to World War I include letters, scrapbooks, and photographs which illustrate the multiple roles that women adopted during and after war time.