Schlesinger Library Closed: October 27–November 6

The Carol K. Pforzheimer Reading Room will be closed from Saturday, October 27, through Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Details


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.

Visit the exhibition website.

Picks & Finds

[Portrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger Library]

Jane Norman Smith and the National Women’s Party

Jane Norman Smith was the chairwoman of the National Women’s Party from 1927 to 1929. By delving into her papers, one gets a ring-side seat to American women’s battles for suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment.

[Presumably Hortense Saxon. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Working Class African Americans in the Papers of Hortense Carter Saxon

The papers of Hortense Carter Saxon, now open for research at the Schlesinger Library, offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of working class African Americans in New York and Connecticut during the 1920s.