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

[Henrietta "Lilla" Kenney handpainting photographs. Izetta Jewel Papers. Image ID W546029_1. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Gender of Coloring

In the early days of photography, images were described as spoiled, tainted, or ruined when touched by the wrong hands—in language that mimicked what was used for young ladies’ reputations.

[Paper doll and outfit by Elizabeth W. Tyler, ca. 1933. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Elizabeth W. Tyler: A Passion for Fashion

The papers of artist and designer Elizabeth W. Tyler recently opened to research at the Schlesinger Library.