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Acquisitional Priorities

Close-up of woman playing the women's rights board game from the Schlesinger Library archives
Women's Rights board game from the Schlesinger Library archives. Photo by Kevin Grady

The Library welcomes donations of material that range from single items to materials by the boxful. We are interested in a wide range of published and unpublished material that document the lives and work of women in America.

Documentation may be of a personal or professional nature relating to the life of an individual, family, or organization.

The library also collects material documenting culinary history and practices, and is the repository for the Radcliffe College Archives.

Areas of Interest

  • African American women
  • Asian American women
  • Latinas
  • Immigrant women
  • Low-income women
  • Conservative women
  • Religious diversity
  • LGBT
  • American women acting globally
  • Women's health, reproductive lives, and sexuality
  • Suffrage, women's rights, and the post-World War II feminist movement
  • Women's activism
  • Families across generations
  • Education of women and girls
  • Women and work


  • Books, periodicals, ephemera, journals, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and published material
  • Correspondence and speeches
  • Financial, business, and membership records
  • Photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, and film
  • Electronic records including websites, blogs, e-mail, and digital photographs