First Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFirst Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Hidden Collections: Photographs of the Women’s Movement

November 17, 2016

The Schlesinger Library recently received two years of Hidden Collections grants from the Harvard Library, which allowed us to select, catalog, and digitize a large portion of photographs that document the women’s liberation movement between the late 1960s and 1980s.

Illustration for the article "Bisexuality" which appeared in the inaugural issue of Bi Women, 1983. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryIllustration for the article "Bisexuality" which appeared in the inaugural issue of Bi Women, 1983. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Celebrate Bisexuality

October 24, 2016

Boston is home to the longest-lived bisexual women’s periodical in the world. Bi Women Quarterly, a grassroots publication, began in September 1983 as a project of the newly-formed Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. 

Matina Horner, 1972. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMatina Horner, 1972. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Radcliffe College Archives Film Collection

September 22, 2016

The Radcliffe College Archive Motion Picture Collection consists of a wide range of films, including recruitment and fundraising films, student film projects, and film documents of class reunions and commencement ceremonies.

Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Pat Parker and Audre Lorde Letters

August 25, 2016

The Pat Parker papers arrived at the Schlesinger Library in January 2016 and are in the final stages of processing. The collection includes letters between the poet and her friends (mostly other poets and writers), including Audre Lorde, with whom she discussed their literary work, personal lives, and experiences with cancer.

Portrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library

A Heroine in Everyday Life: Pauli Murray's Legal Education

August 3, 2016

In a career that spanned most of the 20th century, Pauli Murray lent her voice to a wide array of causes and organizations as she tackled the overlapping inequities of race, gender, and class in American life. Perhaps more than any individual before her, Murray helped generations of activists to theorize and understand the intersections between these different dimensions of identity.

Political caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPolitical caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Anita Parkhurst Willcox: The New American Woman and the Red Scare

June 23, 2016

During the 1910s and 1920s, Anita Parkhurst Willcox (1892–1984) created numerous images of the “New American Woman”—idealized images of young, fashionable, beautiful women. Her artwork appeared in the Saturday Evening PostCollier’s, and other magazines.

Transgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryTransgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

What's Your Pronoun?

May 26, 2016

Transgender people and activists, as well as those who feel they don't fit neatly into a gender binary, have questioned the use of gendered pronouns in the English language and shifted public awareness and conversation on the topic.

"My Jolly Chickadee by Agnes S.J. Powers. From the papers of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, courtesy of Schlesinger Library"My Jolly Chickadee by Agnes S.J. Powers. From the papers of Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Poet and Postmaster

April 28, 2016

Agnes Jones served as school teacher, postmaster, and lay preacher during her long life, but perhaps may be remembered most especially for her vivid religious poems.

Can of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCan of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Symbol of a Grateful Nation

March 24, 2016

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, stories of generosity and community spirit continue to inspire modern audiences. Among Grace E. Frysinger’s papers are materials documenting one such moment featuring networks of women on two continents, a queen, a first lady, and a can of plums.

Finding a Needle in a Haystack; Using Digital Collections for Research

March 10, 2016

During the last decade, the Schlesinger library has been involved in a series of projects and grants to digitize some of the library’s most popular collections. Some of these collections include the Blackwell Family, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan B. Anthony, the Beecher-Stowe Family, and Dorothy West.

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