Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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The Schlesinger Library draws thousands of researchers each year to study women’s history, gender issues, and United States social history. Officially known as the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, its impressive holdings include letters and diaries, photographs, books and periodicals, ephemera, oral histories, and audiovisual materials—all of them documenting women’s lives and women's issues, primarily in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Although these materials do not circulate, the library is open to all, free of charge. This means that anyone in the community can peruse the collections and engage in light reading or in-depth study on such important subjects as suffrage and women’s rights, social reform, family history, health and sexuality, work and the professions, and culinary history.

above: An advertisement for a collection of written works at the Schlesinger Library shows an image of Pauli Murray, human rights advocate as Schlesinger Library looms in the background at Radcliffe Yard at Harvard University.
Staff Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office