Current Exhibition

Women of the Blackwell Family

Women of the Blackwell Family

July 5, 2016 to October 21, 2016

The Blackwells were a multigenerational family of abolitionists, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, doctors, writers, expatriates, suffrage supporters, and women’s rights activists. The family was characterized not only by their ideals, but also by strong personalities and complex relationships. This exhibition focuses on seven women of the Blackwell family from 1830 to 1950.

Inside the Collections

[Schlesinger Library Blackwell Family Papers Digital Collection]

New Blackwell Family Digital Suite

The Schlesinger Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Blackwell Family Digital Suite for the online delivery of the Blackwell Family Papers.

Picks & Finds

[Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Pat Parker and Audre Lorde Letters

The Pat Parker papers arrived at the Schlesinger Library in January 2016 and are in the final stages of processing. The collection includes letters between the poet and her friends (mostly other poets and writers), including Audre Lorde, with whom she discussed their literary work, personal lives, and experiences with cancer.

[Portrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson’s Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library]

A Heroine in Everyday Life: Pauli Murray's Legal Education

In a career that spanned most of the 20th century, Pauli Murray lent her voice to a wide array of causes and organizations as she tackled the overlapping inequities of race, gender, and class in American life. Perhaps more than any individual before her, Murray helped generations of activists to theorize and understand the intersections between these different dimensions of identity.