Documenting the lives of American women at the Schlesinger Library

February 5 – March 4, 2018

Schlesinger Library
Hours: 9 AM–5 PM, Monday–Saturday
Schlesinger Library, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 5 p.m.

This exhibition site is the digital expression of the brick-and-mortar exhibit 75 Stories, 75 Yearson view at the Schlesinger Library from February through October 2018 and open daily (except Sundays) from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The 75 documents and objects in this anniversary exhibition evoke the depth and breadth of the Library’s holdings. They tell 75 stories—harrowing, heartbreaking, pathbreaking, brave—about women’s lives and about the history of the Schlesinger Library itself.

From its beginnings, in 1943, the plan was for the Woman’s Rights Collection, a gift to Radcliffe by the suffragist and women’s rights activist Maud Wood Park (1871–1955), to grow. Grow it has—slowly for several decades and then, with the burgeoning women’s movement in the 1960s and the foresight of Library staff members who seized the moment, by leaps and bounds.

The materials on display speak to the many types of documents and objects that make up the Library’s collections: manuscripts, books, periodicals, photographs, posters, textiles, memorabilia, scrapbooks, oral histories, audio and video recordings, and digital items. They also tell stories about the wide variety of topics covered in our holdings. Women’s organizations and women’s rights, prominent from the start, are represented, as are gender and sexuality, women’s health and reproductive lives, civil and human rights, social and economic justice, race and ethnicity, family history, girlhood, and culinary history.