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

[Cape Cod Fishnet Industries main shop room, ca. 1950. Photo by Stan Lee, Graphic House, Inc., courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Making Fishnet High Fashion

When Ada Worthington moved with her family to Truro, Massachusetts, in 1933, she set about decorating her new house in a style that reflected her surroundings. Soon she began selling her fishnet products at the local women's exchange under the name Cape Cod Fishnet Industries.

[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.