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Upward angle of the Schlesinger Library
Schlesinger Library facade. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

The Schlesinger Library illuminates the lives of American women past and present through its collections, research support, public programming, and exhibitions, all while advancing Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

One of the special collections libraries within the Harvard Library—the oldest library system in the United States—the Schlesinger Library is considered the leading center for scholarship on the history of women in the United States, with collections that span civil rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, education and the professions, and culinary history and etiquette. The Library is committed to expanding its holdings by and about women of all ethnicities, political philosophies, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Open to the public, the Library welcomes all visitors.

Collections

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Schlesinger Library Research Grants

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America offers a variety of research grants to support new scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality. Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research topic and its creativity in drawing on the Library’s holdings.

Grants for Researchers Grants for Educators Grants for Students

Hear Black Women's Voices

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Visit the Library

The Schlesinger Library will reopen, by appointment, to Harvard students, faculty, and staff on September 1st, 2021. Appointments will be available Monday–Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you are interested in making an appointment or have any questions please contact ask@radcliffe.libanswers.com. The Library plans to open to visiting researchers, by appointment, in early October. We encourage visiting researchers to check back with us in mid-September for updates.

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Start Your Research

The Schlesinger Library will reopen, by appointment, to Harvard students, faculty, and staff on September 1, 2021. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you are interested in making an appointment or have any questions, please contact ask@radcliffe.libanswers.com. The Library plans to open to visiting researchers, by appointment, in early October. We encourage visiting researchers to check back with us in mid-September for updates.

Virtual reference services are available via Ask a Librarian, and we encourage you to explore the HOLLIS catalog. The Library has also created research guides to collections. Through these, you can learn how to use research tools like Zotero; read subject guides created especially for Harvard courses; or browse collection highlights by subject.

Search the Catalog

Research Tools

Make the most of your research time with the resources in this section. While no appointment is necessary to use holdings during normal operations, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance because material may be stored offsite and/or have restrictions.

Here, a brief explanation of the tools linked below.

HOLLIS is the Harvard Library’s catalog. Search HOLLIS for articles, books, manuscript materials, media, and more.

With HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, search for letters, photographs, film and video, print items, digital materials, objects, and other primary sources.

HOLLIS Images is the Harvard Library’s dedicated image catalog. It includes content from archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University.

Use Ask a Librarian to request materials and to confirm availability. To locate materials, use the HOLLIS catalog to start your search. You can limit results to Schlesinger Library holdings in the advanced search mode.

Request Archival Collections has detailed information about what to include when contacting our librarians.

Consult our Research Guides for an introduction by subject to various holdings. The guides are meant to help you begin your research on select topics and are not complete lists of relevant material.


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Selections: News from the Schlesinger Library

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Ask a Schlesinger Librarian

Virtual reference services are available. Click through to ask a question or make an appointment with a research librarian at the Schlesinger Library. We’re eager to talk about your research needs.

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