A Case for Women: Gender in the Law

March 9, 2009 to October 9, 2009

From its earliest days and throughout much of the 20th century, the American legal system created and sustained gender inequality. However, this same legal system has shown that just as it can constrain and restrict rights, it can also expand and enlarge them.

From Exclusion to Empowerment: Chinese American Women in New England

Girl's Basketball team at the Denison Settlement House on Tyler Street in Boston, MA, c. 1930. From the Denison House Records.
October 17, 2008 to February 26, 2009

The exhibition opens on Friday, October 17, 2008, and runs through February 26, 2009, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibition area during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Byerly Hall Exhibition—Until That Last Breath! Women with HIV/AIDS

September 8, 2008 to May 15, 2009

Meredith’s papers and images were acquired by the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library in the spring of 2008 and document her career as artist, writer, filmmaker, community organizer, performance/installation artist, and, most comprehensively, photographer. Once processed, the Ann P. Meredith Papers will provide researchers with visual and textural documentation of a broad spectrum of women’s lives and women’s issues.

Women of Spirit: Religion, Voice, and Social Justice

Pauli Murray standing in front of the altar at St. Ambrose Church, Raleigh, NC. 1978 (Pauli Murray Papers).
April 3, 2008 to October 2, 2008

The library’s collections tell more than one story about religious women, both positive and negative. This exhibition focuses on several women sharing three concerns: religious struggle, voice, and social justice. The women documented here are unique and in some way representative of the many women whose records are housed here.

Little Lulu Lives at the Schlesinger Library: The Marjorie Henderson Buell Collection

Image:  Little Lulu, ca. 1940, by "Marge" (Marjorie Henderson Buell). From the Marge Papers.
October 9, 2007 to March 28, 2008

An exhibit of selections from the “Marge” collection includes early drawings and illustrations from Buell’s teenage years through her early published works from Life MagazineColliers, and the Saturday Evening Post

A Taste of History: A Sampling from the Schlesinger Library's Culinary Collection

Photo: Paulette Bern?ge, seated in a kitchen with books, April 1930. From the Christine Frederick Papers.Photo: Paulette Bern?ge, seated in a kitchen with books, April 1930. From the Christine Frederick Papers.
April 11, 2007 to September 28, 2007

The exhibition will be on view in the Schlesinger Library first-floor exhibition area during regular library hours. Recent works published by the conference speakers will also be on display in the library’s lobby during the two-day conference.

The New Woman: Images from the Sally Fox Collection

Playbill for The New Woman (1894) by Sydney Grundy. From the Sally Fox Collection.Playbill for The New Woman (1894) by Sydney Grundy. From the Sally Fox Collection.
October 10, 2006 to March 30, 2007

The exhibition runs Tuesday, October 10, 2006, through Friday, March 30, 2007.

Summer Camp for Girls: Building Friendships and Campfires

Achber Photo Service. From the Camp Onaway Records.Achber Photo Service. From the Camp Onaway Records.
April 10, 2006 to September 22, 2006

The records also show camp life from the campers’ perspective and document the evolution of girlhood during the 20th century. Early campers cooked, danced, sewed, swam, rode horses, rowed canoes, and played games. As times changed, activities changed, to include waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, and rock climbing. Letters and diaries reveal pride in new skills and joy in new friendships.

A Call to American Women: Responses to War

Pin from the Records of the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.Pin from the Records of the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.
October 3, 2005 to March 31, 2006

The photographs, posters, books, diaries, letters, and objects featured in this exhibition are a small selection from the collections held by the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. They illustrate how periods of war have forced women to adapt to difficulties and confront atrocities and how they have expanded and transfigured women's role in society.

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business

October 5, 2002 to January 9, 2005

Enterprising Women brings to life the stories of some 40 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business. Artifacts and costumes, diaries and letters, business and legal documents, photographs and paper ephemera, audio recordings, and interactive technology reveal the trials and triumphs of this diverse group of inventors, innovators and trendsetters.