The unique materials in special collections libraries invite novice and experienced researchers alike to build fresh interpretations of the past. In this video, Elisa New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature in the Department of English, brings Harvard College first-year students to the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute to explore the papers of the pioneering feminist poet and activist Adrienne Rich. The students immerse themselves in Rich’s childhood drawings, early poems, journals, correspondence, annotated manuscripts, and more. It is an experience one student describes as standing at the “epicenter” of the poet and her world—and it is just one example of what Harvard’s special collections libraries can reveal.
Thursday, December 08, 2016