Shop Local, Bank Local

November 27, 2012

The community cookbooks in the Schlesinger Library’s culinary collection give us glimpses into the past, though some offer a wider lens than others. Created to raise funds for various civic and religious organizations, they frequently include extensive local advertisements; showing us what we ate and how we ate it is often the least of what we can learn from them.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

November 16, 2012

Among the Annie Ware Winsor Allen Papers held at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library is a folder titled "Thanksgiving Poems, 1863–1916." The contents document the Thanksgiving celebrations of the Ware family from 1863 to 1908.

Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.

Veterans’ Advocate Edith Nourse Rogers

November 7, 2012

In honor of Veterans Day, we present a highlight from our collection, the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers. The first woman elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts, Edith Nourse Rogers served for 35 years and chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Election Day: Political Collections at the Schlesinger Library

November 6, 2012

There are many ways for American citizens to participate in the political process. Although elections are central to our form of government, they are only part of the story. After election day, the work continues: changing the status quo is never quick or easy. The Schlesinger Library collects and makes available for research the correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and other papers of activists for civil rights, women’s health issues, peace and justice, welfare rights, and labor rights, as well as campaign materials regarding marriage equality, national health insurance, and capital punishment.

Halloween: From a Children’s Holiday to an Adult Extravaganza

October 26, 2012

Halloween has grown from its origins as a Celtic harvest festival and a Catholic celebration of saints and martyrs to be one of America’s favorite holidays. Popular magazines from over the past century, housed at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library illustrate the evolution from a simple children’s amusement to an extravaganza for people of all ages and from a small domestic celebration to an $8 billion retail event.

Fantasia Fair program cover, 1981Fantasia Fair program cover, 1981

Fantasia Fair & Ari Kane: Celebrating the Transgendered Community

October 24, 2012

Fantasia Fair, founded by activist Ariadne Kane whose papers are at the Schlesinger, has provided a supportive environment for individuals exploring alternative gender identities and roles since 1975. Held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Fair celebrated its 37th year in October 2012.

The Hite Report book cover

Experimenting in the Archives

October 12, 2012

October 12—the Day of Digital Archives—and every day at the Schlesinger Library is dedicated to finding new ways to use technology in manuscript processing. The library began an Experimental Archives project in 2011 with a team of archivists working collaboratively to brainstorm and then test new approaches.

Miriam Van Waters, ca. 1920Miriam Van Waters, ca. 1920

Celebrating the Quasquicentennial of Miriam Van Waters (October 4, 1887–January 17, 1974)

October 4, 2012

The Schlesinger Library holds the papers of Miriam Van Waters, Massachusetts juvenile court and penal reformist.

“The Book . . . is More Important than Anything”

September 24, 2012

The Julia Child collections at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute contain everything from tax forms to recipes, from personal letters to family to work-related queries to and from the many people with whom Child worked. One stream of correspondence—between Child and her editor Judith Jones documents the production process behind Child’s books.

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

Opening September 21: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

September 19, 2012

Opening this Friday, September 21, the Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library's Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and national television.