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The Schlesinger Library will reopen by appointment to Harvard students, faculty, and staff on January 24. The Library plans to open by appointment to visiting, vaccinated, and boosted researchers on February 28. High quality masks must be worn indoors at all times.

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Gloved hands hold a palm-sized book of historical daguerreotypes. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

The Schlesinger Library holdings date from the founding of the United States to the present and include more than 3,200 manuscript collections, 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals, and films, photos, and audiovisual material.

Researchers travel from around the world to use the Schlesinger’s rich holdings. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Library’s collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

Digitized Collections

Featured Collections

African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinas

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Arts, Literature, and Popular Culture

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Conservative Women

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Gender and Sexuality

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Marriage, Family, and Reproduction

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Labor, Class, and Capitalism

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Women’s Rights and Education

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Gender and Justice

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