Thomas Bayley Fox, Jr., 1857. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryThomas Bayley Fox, Jr., 1857. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

One Hundred and Fifty-six Years of Memories

July 16, 2020

Archivists often remember the names and odd bits of information about people long dead.

Excerpt from Juneau News (Juneau, Alaska, NOW newsletter). Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryExcerpt from Juneau News (Juneau, Alaska, NOW newsletter). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Local NOW Newsletters Digitized

May 21, 2020

Our collection of NOW local chapter newsletters provides rich documentation of local and regional issues as women worked together to achieve equality at home, at work, in churches, in the media, and in politics.

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

The Gender of Coloring

February 27, 2020

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 LibraryPaper doll and outfit by Elizabeth W. Tyler, ca. 1933. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Elizabeth W. Tyler: A Passion for Fashion

January 16, 2020

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

Portrait of Maria L. Baldwin. Portrait photograph collection, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Maria L. Baldwin. Portrait photograph collection, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Recovering a Life without a Voice

December 11, 2019

Maria L. Baldwin (1856–1922) was an African American educator, a community leader, and the principal for over 30 years of the Agassiz School, a well-regarded, predominantly white public elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Young woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Business of Home Economics, Then and Now

November 21, 2019

Home economics has been stereotyped as solely the domain of housewives, but for thousands of 20th-century women, it was very much a business. 

Marguerite Stark Bellamy and John Stark Bellamy, 1910. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarguerite Stark Bellamy and John Stark Bellamy, 1910. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Stark Reminder for Polio Awareness Month

October 17, 2019

One of the aims of the Schlesinger Library is to document the lives of "ordinary" women. Among the thousands of diaries and letters of these women, we find wrenching stories of illnesses striking families and communities, like that of the Stark family afflicted with polio.

Illustration source: Viatorium Spagyricum : das ist: ein. Science Museum Group Collection by Herbrandt Jamsthalern, page 75Illustration source: Viatorium Spagyricum : das ist: ein. Science Museum Group Collection by Herbrandt Jamsthalern, page 75

Looking for the Philosopher’s Stone at the Schlesinger

August 15, 2019

The Schlesinger Library is working to tackle digital obsolescence problems, so that in 50 years or more, users should still be able to access the contents of a digital file created today. 

Julia Child baking a cake during the episode of The French Chef that inspired the opera. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJulia Child baking a cake during the episode of The French Chef that inspired the opera. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Musical Feast: Julia Child, Jean Stapleton, and an Opera about Cake

July 18, 2019

In December 1986, Julia Child received a letter from the actress Jean Stapleton—who had played Edith Bunker on the classic sitcom All in the Family—about possibly collaborating on an opera.

"Votes for Women" pin, 1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library"Votes for Women" pin, 1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Suspended Beauty: A “Votes for Women” Mystery

May 23, 2019

Research for a book about suffragists and material culture uncovers a colorful puzzle in the Schlesinger Library's Woman’s Rights Collection.

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