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.

Detail of Karen Walter, senior paper conservation technician at Weissman Preservation Center, mending tears. Courtesy of Weissman Preservation CenterDetail of Karen Walter, senior paper conservation technician at Weissman Preservation Center, mending tears. Courtesy of Weissman Preservation Center

Pep and Nerves and Steady Hands: Conserving Large Format Advertising Posters

February 15, 2018

Skilled conservationists at Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center recently repaired the Schlesinger Library's collection of posters from the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company.

Drawing by Betsy Warrior. Betsy Warrior Papers, MC 843. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDrawing by Betsy Warrior. Betsy Warrior Papers, MC 843. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Women’s Movements against Gender-Based Violence

January 18, 2018

Ending violence against women was one of the goals of the post-1960s US feminist movements. One important theme that emerges from Schlesinger collections is the class dimension in the formation of movements against gender-based violence.

Photo of Audrey C. Foote at age 18, sent to her future husband Timothy, 1944. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPhoto of Audrey C. Foote at age 18, sent to her future husband Timothy, 1944. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Love Letters and Diaries of Audrey C. Foote, 1928–2012

December 14, 2017

Audrey C. Foote (1926–2012) was a writer, scholar, and college teacher. The majority of her papers at the Schlesinger consists of love letters between her and husband.

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