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.

Caroline Iverson Ackerman was the first Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director to be hired by Shell Oil Company.

Summer Vacation

August 21, 2012

The Schlesinger Library contains the papers of Caroline Iverson Ackerman, aviator, journalist, and the first “Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director” to be hired by Shell Oil Company.

Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child

August 14, 2012

With generous funding from the Julia Child Foundation, the Schlesinger Library has recently digitized nearly 4,000 images of Julia and Paul Child from the Julia Child Papers.

Dione Lucas and Australian Television

August 1, 2012

Dione Lucas, American celebrity chef and TV presenter, toured Australia and demonstrated French cordon bleu (blue ribbon) cooking in major department stores to promote the sale of TV sets during the 1950s.

Celebrating Bastille Day: 18th-century French Culinary Books at the Schlesinger (with Recipes!)

July 13, 2012

French cuisine and French culture are practically synonymous, so we are celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) by highlighting some of Schlesinger’s culinary books from late-18th-century France. Grain shortages and the consequent increase in bread prices were among the causes of the French Revolution, and the food supply was also a problem for the new government.

Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Elly Bulkin and Joan Larkin

Persephone Press: Short Time, Long-lasting Impact

July 10, 2012

Persephone Press, founded in 1976 by a lesbian-feminist collective called Pomegranate Productions, aimed to produce innovative material to foster lesbian sensibility and to effect social change. The collection includes audio recordings of Audre Lord and other poets featured in Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology (Persephone Press, 1981).

Jennie Loitman BarronJennie Loitman Barron

Freedom for All

July 4, 2012

Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Jennie Loitman Barron, whose papers may be found at the Schlesinger Library, presented her speech “Freedom for All” at the Independence Day exercises at Faneuil Hall in Boston in 1960.