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.

Midwife Jesusita Aragon, holding a newborn baby. Later copy of earlier photograph, ca. 1975. Fran Leeper Buss Oral History Collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMidwife Jesusita Aragon, holding a newborn baby. Later copy of earlier photograph, ca. 1975. Fran Leeper Buss Oral History Collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Who Remembers the Working Class?: Reflections on the Fran Buss Oral History Collection

April 18, 2019

The Schlesinger Library’s prioritization of the Fran Buss collection is one example of how in recent years many archives have been shifting their focus toward a fuller, deeper representation of society. 

Portrait of Charles R. Lanman, professor of Sanskrit, Harvard. Radcliffe College Archives. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Charles R. Lanman, professor of Sanskrit, Harvard. Radcliffe College Archives. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Hidden Mūrtis: The Sanskrit Students of Radcliffe College

March 21, 2019

Women were present at the very origin of Sanskrit study in the US. Nowhere is this more clear than in the uneasy but fruitful relationship between Harvard professors and Radcliffe students at the turn of the 20th century.

History of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., ca 1975. Records of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryHistory of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., ca 1975. Records of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

February 21, 2019

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. was established in 1935 “to promote and protect the interests of business and professional women and promote good fellowship among them.”

New books with protective covers, barcodes, and preliminary descriptions waiting for cataloger to create a full description for the HOLLIS catalog.New books with protective covers, barcodes, and preliminary descriptions waiting for cataloger to create a full description for the HOLLIS catalog.

E-books at the Schlesinger Library?

January 17, 2019

The Schlesinger Library is committed to providing access to the materials that document women’s lives, whether those materials are printed on paper or displayed through websites, podcasts, and Twitter feeds.

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