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.

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.

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