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.

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.