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.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt.  Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt. Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women’s Conference, 1977

November 20, 2017

November 18–21, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the unprecedented, historic, Congressionally mandated National Women’s Conference.

Passport of Vera Micheles Dean. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPassport of Vera Micheles Dean. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Vera Micheles Dean

October 19, 2017

When people think of the crisis years of the 1930s and 1940s they do not tend to think of Vera Micheles Dean. Yet she has likely influenced how they think about the decade.

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Collegewomen.org: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education

September 21, 2017

An update to our exciting collaboration with the former “Seven Sisters” schools, collegewomen.org: We are currently digitizing materials from 12 students covering the period 18921940.

Detail from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo bookplate. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDetail from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo bookplate. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Santo Domingo Collection

August 10, 2017

Included in the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection—“the world’s largest private collection of material documenting altered states of mind”—is an envelope of objects labeled “Keep This Under Lock and Key—The ‘Hummer’ Combination of Rich, Rare, Racy, Sporty Stuff.”

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