Young boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll  by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Community Controlled Childcare in New York City

December 13, 2018

The papers of Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall highlight her role as a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement, an educator, and feminist scholar, as well as her involvement in New York City's community controlled childcare movement.

From the Records of THIS for Diplomats. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFrom the Records of THIS for Diplomats. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Giving Thanks for a Bountiful Harvest

November 8, 2018

The records of THIS (The Hospitality and Information Service) for Diplomats, newly processed and available for research, include the annual celebration of Thanksgiving by its members.

Portrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger Library

Jane Norman Smith and the National Woman’s Party

October 18, 2018

Jane Norman Smith was the chairwoman of the National Woman’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 LibraryPresumably Hortense Saxon. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Working Class African Americans in the Papers of Hortense Carter Saxon

September 20, 2018

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.

Patty Dyer name badge. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPatty Dyer name badge. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“If they were men, they would be famous”: The All-American Red Heads Women’s Basketball Team

August 7, 2018

The All-American Red Heads, an all-women basketball team founded in 1935, competed against men’s teams in exhibition games throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Cape Cod Fishnet Industries main shop room, ca. 1950. Photo by Stan Lee, Graphic House, Inc., courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCape Cod Fishnet Industries main shop room, ca. 1950. Photo by Stan Lee, Graphic House, Inc., courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Making Fishnet High Fashion

July 19, 2018

When Ada Worthington moved with her family to Truro, Massachusetts, in 1933, she set about decorating her new house in a style that reflected her surroundings. Soon she began selling her fishnet products at the local women's exchange under the name Cape Cod Fishnet Industries.

Courtesy of Ayoola WhiteCourtesy of Ayoola White

Spaces

June 21, 2018

When I began working at the Schlesinger Library in 2017, my first major project involved processing the papers of Judy Chicago. Prior to working on this project, I had never heard of her. As I quickly learned, the centerpiece of that legacy is a work known as The Dinner Party.

American painter Zella de Milhau and an unidentified friend standing in front of an army truck, wearing uniforms, ca. 1914-1918. Photographs of Jessie Tarbox Beals. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryAmerican painter Zella de Milhau and an unidentified friend standing in front of an army truck, wearing uniforms, ca. 1914-1918. Photographs of Jessie Tarbox Beals. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Women and The Great War: A Selection of Holdings at the Schlesinger Library

May 17, 2018

The Schlesinger Library's holdings related to World War I include letters, scrapbooks, and photographs which illustrate the multiple roles that women adopted during and after war time.

Portrait of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, ca. 1915-1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, ca. 1915-1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

How to Woo a Suffragist

April 19, 2018

The situation was a dire one for Henry W. Pinkham. It was spring 1905, and he had met the woman of his dreams, Wenona Osborne. But first he had to overcome the “emphatic disapproval” of her mother.

Mrs. Christine Frederick's Housekeepers' Food Guide chart, 1914 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMrs. Christine Frederick's Housekeepers' Food Guide chart, 1914 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Kitchen Efficiency

March 15, 2018

Christine (McGaffey) Frederick, a home economist, developed theories, wrote books, and lectured about bringing scientific management to the home in the early 20th century.

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