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.
"We Need Liz Holtzman in Congress" (detail from campaign literature). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
When Elizabeth Holtzman, a relatively unknown Brooklyn attorney and New York state committeewoman, defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary in June 1972, it was a notable loss and an important victory for women in politics.
Detail of Pat Parker illustration from flyer advertising lesbian poetry reading on July 19, 1974, in Sacramento, CA. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
The papers of African American poet, activist, lesbian, feminist Pat Parker—whom feminist scholar and poet Adrian Oktenberg declared “the poet laureate of the Black and Lesbian peoples”—have just arrived at the Schlesinger Library.
Portrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
Victoria Demarest led religious revivals in the US and Canada and inaugurated the America for God Crusade in 1934. Preaching to women on love, marriage, and motherhood, she founded the World Association of Mothers for Peace in 1946 and was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church in 1949.
Cover of Sassy, April 1996. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
Within historical literatures and zine cultures of the feminist third-wave, Sassy occupies an unprecedented and unparalleled position. Created with the primary purpose of providing honest sex education to America's teen girls, the magazine was staffed with women not long out of their own adolescence.
Excerpt from Lillian Belle Herrick Chapman's wireless telegraphy journal, 1901-1902. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
The Schlesinger Library has several wonderful association copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including those of Denise Schorr, Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, and Ruth Lockwood. The capstone, however, is our recent acquisition of inscribed copies that belonged to Avis DeVoto.
Death masks of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library
In 1983 Sophie Parker and Tita Wernimont cofounded Watermelon Studio, Inc. (later Next Stage Theatre), a theatrical company in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, creating a venue in which local women theater professionals could present original work. It featured a women’s theatre festival, offering performances from a broad range of cultures and viewpoints.