Records of The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 1942-2017
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Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
292.45 linear feet ((460 file boxes, 3 half file boxes, 100 cartons) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 2 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder, 1 folio photograph folder)
The Schlesinger Library's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX).
Series 1, records of the Woman's Rights Collection and Series 3.1, office files, 1945-1966 are finite and will not be added to.
The Schlesinger Library is a national resource for women's history. It collects published and unpublished materials, the latter including manuscript collections of individual women, family papers, records of women's organizations, photographs, motion pictures, oral history transcripts audio and videotapes that document the history of American women from about 1800 to the present. The manuscript collections provide source material on women's rights, suffrage, social welfare, pioneers in the professions, family history, women in politics, the labor movement, government service and post 1920s feminism. Among the notable women whose papers are in the Library are Julia Child, Betty Friedan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emma Goldman, Alice Hamilton, Elizabeth Holtzman, Esther Peterson and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but many of its collections document the lives of typical rather than notable women. In addition, the Library is the official repository for the records of the National Organization for Women and other activist organizations. The book collection covers all aspects of the social and intellectual history of women, including women in other countries, and includes cookbooks, etiquette books, vertical files and women's periodicals. The library also maintains biographical, organizational and subject files on issues of historical and current interest.
- Series 1. Woman's Rights Collection: early organization and correspondence withdonors
- Series 2. Correspondence, including Women's Archives and Schlesinger Library
- Series 3. Office files, including annual reports and advisory committee minutes
- Series 4. Publicity files, including reports published by the Library
- Series 5. Fiscal and accounting records
- Series 6. Researcher material
- Series 7. Friends of the Schlesinger Library, active and inactive Friends, 4 cardfiles; financial material
- Series 8. Special projects and grants
- Series 9. Personnel and staff correspondence
- Series 10. Radcliffe Research Support Programs
- Series 11. Library, other committees: IT, e-mail, web site
- Series 12. Exhibition program at Schlesinger Library
By: Jane S. Knowles
Last updated: October 2019
By: Library staff members
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Records of The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 1942-2017: A Finding Aid
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