Current Exhibition

Angela Davis: Freed by the People

Angela Davis: Freed by the People

September 20, 2019 to March 9, 2020

Angela Davis's work asks questions that stem from racial oppression: Is revolution possible? Can women be emancipated? Are prisons necessary?

This exhibition documents a global history, a personal journey, and a quest for a more equitable future.

Picks & Finds

[Portrait of Maria L. Baldwin. Portrait photograph collection, courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Recovering a Life without a Voice

Maria L. Baldwin (1856–1922) was an African American educator, a community leader, and the principal for over 30 years of the Agassiz School, a well-regarded, predominantly white public elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

[Young woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker’s dummy, ca. 1954–1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Business of Home Economics, Then and Now

Home economics has been stereotyped as solely the domain of housewives, but for thousands of 20th-century women, it was very much a business.