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Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute. Schlesinger Library

10 Garden Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Phone: 617-495-8647

Repository URL: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library External Link

Repository code: mcrs

Repository description (extant): The library dates its origin from August 26, 1943. On that day Radcliffe College received from alumna Maud Wood Park '98, who had been a leader in the movement for woman suffrage, her collection of books, papers, and memorabilia on women reformers. Her "Woman's Rights Collection" became the nucleus of a research library called the Women's Archives, which the college gradually augmented during the 1940s and 1950s. To honor Harvard University historian Arthur M. Schlesinger and his wife Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, who were strong supporters of its mission, the library was renamed in 1965. When a new women's movement surged in the 1960s and 1970s, the library's collections grew very rapidly, as feminist activists highlighted the importance of women's history and created their own documents and publications.

Housed in the former Radcliffe College library building, the library was completely renovated in 2004-2005 to become a state-of-the-art facility. The capacious and well-appointed Carol K. Pforzheimer Reading Room provides a welcoming and comfortable research space.

The library is part of Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where approximately fifty resident fellows each year create anew a vital intellectual community.

Repository type: University Special Collection

Collections:

Durr, Virginia Foster. Papers
Virginia Foster Durr lecture and interview
Virginia Foster Durr radio broadcast
Pat Matthews Howard interview transcript
Batson, Ruth. Papers
Jackson, Ellen. Papers
The life and times of Rosie the Riveter videotapes
Du Bois, Shirley Graham. Papers
Worcester women's oral history project
Luncheon Series audiotape collection
Women in the federal government oral history project
Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration oral history project
Black women oral history project interviews
Work and family: low income and minority women talk about their lives
Jordan, June. Papers
Jordan, June. Videotape collection
Jordan, June. Audio collection
Fuentes, Sonia Pressman. Papers
Gerson, Tove Gertrud Müller. Papers
Kennedy, Florynce. Papers
Luscomb, Florence. Additional papers
Luscomb, Florence. Papers
McCane, Margaret Perea. Papers
Black women physicians project. Interviews
Moseley, Margaret. Papers
Peabody, Mary Parkman. Interview transcript
Peabody, Mary. Papers
Polier, Justine Wise. Papers
Sibley, Georgiana Farr. Videotape collection
Papers of Caroline Klein Simon
Jean Tepperman papers
Woman alive!
Conroy, Lynne. Videotape collection
Interview with Pauli Murray
Murray, Pauli. Papers
Political women in Connecticut interview transcripts

 

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