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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 898

Memorabilia collection of the Schlesinger Library, 1886-2023


Buttons, pins, banners, games, stickers, t-shirts, and other objects documenting the experiences of American women collected by the Schlesinger Library.


  • Creation: 1886-2022

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of objects that have been digitized, which are closed.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the objects in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Objects may be photographed in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


464 objects

The memorabilia collection of the Schlesinger Library contains buttons, pins, banners, games, stickers, t-shirts, and other objects collected by the Schlesinger Library. Objects document suffrage; gay, lesbian, and transgender rights; efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment; women candidates' political campaigns; women's and girls' organizations; demonstrations for reproductive rights; movements to end violence against women; and other women's issues. Additional objects are housed at the Schlesinger and are described in the finding aids of collections with which the objects were received. Items are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 50-5, 72-73, 79-M195, 79-M196, 79-M197, 80-M4, 80-M97, 80-M253, 81-M185, 81-M218, 82-M191, 84-M67, 85-M86, 86-M85, 86-M162, 86-M258, 87-M76, 88-M41, 88-M140, 88-M159, 89-M71, 89-M87, 89-M118, 89-M135, 89-M211, 91-M3, 92-M4, 92-M48, 92-M167, 94-M129, 95-M27, 96-M96, 96-M131, 97-M54, 97-M95, 98-M178, 98-M209, 2000-M17, 2000-M30, 2000-M103, 2000-M113, 2000-M132, 2000-M162, 2000-M187, 2001-M19, 2001-M86, 2001-M182, 2001-M183, 2004-M3, 2004-M52, 2004-M58, 2005-M76, 2005-M139, 2006-M52, 2006-M86, 2006-M122, 2006-M152, 2006-M195, 2007-M90, 2009-M50, 2010-M234, 2011-M97, 2012-M72, 2012-M227, 2013-M85, 2014-M86, 2014-M159, 2015-M28, 2016-M111, 2016-M126, 2016-M172, 2016-M187, 2016-M209, 2016-M218, 2017-M41, 2017-M179, 2018-M9, 2018-M31, 2018-M37, 2018-M50, 2018-M75, 2018-M149, 2018-M170, 2018-M176, 2019-M89, 2019-M90, 2019-M108, 2019-M113, 2019-M140, 2019-M142, 2019-M149, 2019-M155, 2019-M172, 2019-M185, 2019-M200, 2020-M13, 2020-M27, 2020-M30, 2020-M111, 2021-M20, 2021-M50, 2021-M214, 2022-M1, 2022-M2, 2022-M3, 2022-M4, 2022-M5, 2022-M6, 2022-M7, 2022-M8, 2022-M9, 2022-M10, 2022-M52, 2022-M204, 2023-M16, 2023-M36, 2023-M84, 2023-M184, 2023-M156.

Objects in the Schlesinger Library memorabilia collection were given to the Schlesinger Library by Virginia "Pat" Arey, October 1988; Ramona Barth, August 1979; Boris Bittker, February 2000; Black Women's Health Imperative, April 2023; Mary L. Bundy, June 1989; Kim Brookes, May 1997, January 2001; James Carll, March 2006; Joan Challinor, January 1991; Pat Cody, October 1988; Congressional Union, September 1981; Jacquelyn Cuneen, December 2012; Amey DeFriez, May 2007; Leah J. Dickstein, July 2005; Betsy Dunn, January 2004; Mary Maples Dunn; Rochelle H. Feinstein, May 2013; Mary Fillmore, December 1986; Arvonne Fraser, December 1980; Barbara Haber, May 1980, July 1989; Bert Hartry, 1987- 2006; Harvard College Women's Center, March 2015-March 2017; Miriam Hipsh, January 1980; Mrs. Wilfred H. Holland, July 1972; Margot Hornblower, August 1986; Mary Elizabeth Huber, May 1985; Kathryn Jacob, November 2006-December 2019; Jane Kamensky, March 2018; Fay Campbell Kaynor, August 2000; Patricia Miller King, April 1989, January and September 1992; Vail Kohnert-Yount, October 2018; Marion Gray Kraft, October 2018; Judy Kuriansky, June 2014, October 2015; Freda Leinwand, September 1982; Ms. Lesnikowski, March 1995; Dorothy Littlefield, May 1989; Boo Lunt, April 1992; Forbes Maner, November 2016; Jo McQueen, March 2009; Carolyn Nuban, September 1996, July 2000; Otis College of Art and Design, May 2012; Julie Pavlon, May 1986; Pennsylvania NOW, August 1979; Gayle Rubin, August 2019; Helen Samuels, November 1989; Brian Sands, September 2018 and May 2023; Anne Firor Scott, April 1984; Helen Seitz, July 1996; Shauna Shames, November 2020; Renee Bracey Sherman, January 2023; Henry Shull, August 2023; Dorothea Simmons, January 2018; Barbara Singer, August 2006; Lucinda Stevens, October 1998; Roger Stoddard, December 2000; Lee Sullivan, February 2018; Ann Swartzell, July 1981; Mark Vassar, May and September 2016, April 2021; Susan von Salis, June 2000; Swarthmore College Peace Collection, December 1989; Barbara Wheaton, July 2006; Mrs. Edmund A. Whitman, 1950; Karen Wilson-Buterbaugh, September 2023; Laura R. Woliver, March 2018; Women's Studies Association, August 1979; Su Zi, October 2016; Frances A. Zirkin, March 1988. Additional objects were acquired from aGatherin', June 2004; August, January 2022; Babbitt's Books, January 2022; Bolerium Books, May 2019 - March 2022; eBay, December 2010; Glad Rags, January 2022; Linda Lacy, January 2019 - January 2022; Live Oak Booksellers, May 2011; Saalt, January 2022; Second Shelf Books, November 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: February 2017

By: Johanna Carll

Last updated: March 2024

Memorabilia Collection of the Schlesinger Library, 1886-2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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