Fox and Backhouse family papers, 1673-1930s 1 Linear Foot
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and other ephemeral materials relating to the Fox and Backhouse families, along with materials relating to nineteenth century Quaker communities and families in England. The bulk of the collection is correspondence between different members of the Backhouse family, including Jonathan and Hannah Chapman Backhouse, their son Edmund Backhouse and his wife Juliet Fox, and their grandson Jonathan Edmund (Jed) Backhouse. Caroline Fox is also a routine correspondant. The letters discuss family news, personal activities and travel, religious sentiments.
There are two excerpts of diaries which appear to be by different authors and may relate to Hannah Chapman Backhouse's travels to the United States in the 1830s, or to another family member's travels in Europe or the Middle East. The handwriting of these pages is challenging and the excerpts are unattributed and appear to be undated, so more research would be helpful.
Also present in the collection are some writings, including essays and poetry, typically spiritual or relating to prayer, as well as some honorifics for Edmund Backhouse and a copy of his obituary. There are some manuscript riddles, some watercolors, and some sketches of scenes and still lifes. The collection also includes some ceremonial documents, including a letter from the Society of Friends declaring support for Hannah and Jonathan Backhouse's travels to the United States.
Lisa Unger Baskin collection of women's work and domestic arts ephemera, 1700s-1940s 2 Linear Feet — 3 boxes, 2 oversize folders
Collection assembled by Lisa Unger Baskin containing printed ephemera, receipts, manuscripts, handbills, catalogs, decorative trade cards, prospectuses, circulars, political campaign materials, and other advertisements from the United Kingdom, Western Europe, and the United States. The bulk of the collection's materials advertise businesses or services offered by women or for women, including millinery, fancy goods, hair work, tea, painting, teaching, music, bricklaying, gardening, dressmaking, apothecaries, and a clairvoyant. Also includes calling cards and bookplates with women's names, and assorted ephemera relating to women's pay, income, or work, including a penioner's card for a firefighter's widow and pamphlets about life insurance for women. Some receipts, contracts, and statistics record rates of pay or income for women employees, or rates charged by women proprietors. Contains some advertisements for health-related retreats or vacations; circulars seeking to hire saleswomen or other women into different occupations; and some lending library slips. Includes examples of some Lippincott seed catalogs from the early 1900s, art samples and calligraphy by women, and some materials related to domestic arts and homemaking, including advertisements for patterns, sewing, cooking, and landscaping or interior decoration. Some materials relate to women's courtesy and conduct in public spaces, or to their appearance and clothing.
Saltar family correspondence, 1759-1880 and undated 0.5 Linear Feet — 2 boxes
The papers consist almost entirely of 266 pieces of correspondence dating from 1759–1880, written by women of the Saltar and Gordon families of Pennsylvania and Maryland between themselves and other family relations. Over one-third of the letters date before 1825. The principal correspondents are Elizabeth 'Betsy" Gordon Saltar, the family matriarch, Lucy Saltar, Frances "Fanny" Saltar, Mary Gordon, and Polly Gordon. There are also single letters from other female members of the Saltar family and a handful of letters from men, some of whom were Saltar family members. The letters are organized by correspondent name, ending with a group of letters addressed to unidentified individuals.
The manuscript pages total approximately 765, primarily bifolios, almost all written in ink. There are also four additional manuscripts: an invitation; a sheet of paper with receipts; and a memorandum and bond concerning a land sale. A number of later letters are accompanied by addressed envelopes, some with stamps.
The correspondence is almost entirely comprised of women writing to other women: mothers to daughters; daughters to mothers; and cousins to cousins; and friends to each other. Over half of the collection comprises letters to and from a family matriarch, Elizabeth Gordon Saltar, living at her residence at Magnolia Grove (near Frankford, Pa.), and a large group of letters sent by various correspondents to her daughter Fanny Saltar, who was one of the family's historians. Also present is a large group of correspondence between cousins Elizabeth Gordon Saltar and Mary Gordon, as well as letters addressed to Elizabeth Gordon Saltar's other daughter Lucy Saltar, and letters addressed to Elizabeth Gordon Saltar's cousins, Mary Gordon and Polly Gordon.
Other families who correspond and/or are mentioned often in the letters: Bowne, Brooks, Bunyan, Coleman, Drexel, Hartshorne, Howell, Lardner, McMurtrie, Morgan, Morris, Stillman, Tilghman, Ulstick, Van Dykes, and Wharton. Many of these are prominent families from Pennsylvania or Maryland. One letter from a Bowne in series 7 contains a partial family tree of the Bownes and Saltar families. Most of these letters are found in the Fanny Saltar series.
Among the places from which letters were sent are areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York State, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Paris (France), and Rome (Italy). Cities represented are Boston, Baltimore, Charleston, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and others. Many letters were sent to or from Magnolia Grove, the Saltar plantation home near Philadelphia.
Topics tend to focus on societal mores and customs of the times as experienced by married and single women of land-owning classes: courtship; marriage; religion; pastimes; visits and travel; and the welfare of family members and friends. There are many references to illnesses such as measles, bowel complaints, eye conditions, diphtheria, tumors, and mental illness, with many details on treatments and outcomes. There are also long passages and references to grief and mourning on the death of loved ones, and fairly frequent mentions of finances.
The letters written during the Civil War discuss events centered around Pennsylvania, particularly in 1863, as well as a comment on friends going off to war, and one letter discusses African American troops and the circumstances surrounding the recruitment of the 3rd United States Colored Troops' commander, Benjamin C. Tilghman, whom the Saltars knew from Philadelphia. Earlier letters speak of the War of 1812, especially of events around Baltimore.
Acquired by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Amelia Opie papers, 1798-1855 0.2 Linear Feet — 22 items (1 folder)
Collection comprises 14 letters, 5 engraved portraits of Opie, a copy made by her father of two of her songs as well as four lines of poetry she wrote in French, and a draft for twenty guineas. Several of the letters are written to unidentified recipients, but other addressees include two friends, Susan Reeve and Anne Pryse, along with Charles Stokes Dudley; L.T. Ventouillac; Thomas Richardson, Jr.; Joseph Watson; Lord Cholmondeley; and a "Mrs. Lee." Topics include invitations to visit or dine, requesting the loan of lectures or return of her manuscripts, editorial alterations for her poetry, her travel plans or those of others, her support of applicants for the London Orphan Asylum, her appreciation for a contribution to a bazzar, and the biography of Lord Eldon. Following her conversion to Quakerism in 1825, she followed their dating convention rejecting the names of the months. All dates in the collection guide have been converted to Gregorian style. Each of the engravings is unique; one of them was published following Opie's death.
Rosa Bonheur Papers, 1861-1897 1.0 Linear Foot
Collection consists of some examples of correspondence sent by Rosa Bonheur, to friends and admirers. The letters tend to be brief and routine, typically conveying her thanks for the correspondent's initial letter.
Sarah F. Martin illustrated manuscript memoir of Mary Cary Packard, R.N., and manuscript autobiography, 1863-1951, bulk 1863-1936 1.5 Linear Feet — 2 boxes — Album pages: 8 x 10 1/2 inches
Collection comprises two items: a 109-page scrapbook memoir of Baltimore-based professional nurse Mary Cary Packard, assembled by her close companion and colleague Sarah F. Martin starting in 1934 and completed shortly after her friend's death in 1936, and a shorter handwritten autobiography by Martin narrating her own life, created around 1940.
The Packard memoir starts with the 1934 dedication, and a 10-page biography of Packard's life and career in public health and nursing, handwritten in ink by Martin. Subsequent album pages abound with news or literary clippings; humorous verses and lyrics (some composed by Packard); memorabilia; postcards, Christmas and Valentine cards, and letters; and professional literature from nursing associations referring to the activities and accomplishments of Mary Cary Packard.
Also found in the scrapbook are 34 pasted-in photographs in the form of well-captioned albumen cartes-de-visite, cyanotypes, and gelatin silver prints. These are numerous portraits and snapshots of Packard, and a few of Martin, and photos of family, friends, nurses and physicians, and patrons of medical institutions such as the Jacobs and Garrett families. Other photographs offer views of hospital buildings, schools, and ancestral homes and towns. In addition, there are a number of photographs taken by Packard and Smith of the medical staff at the Garrett Sanitarium for Children in Mount Airy, Md., and photos of the exterior and interior of their home, "Clovelly," built for Packard in 1912 in the Baltimore suburb of Ten Hills. There are no depictions of the interiors of medical institutions or nursing schools. A handful of photographic postcards depicting hospitals and other locations are also present in the memoir.
The shorter 20-page "Miss Sallie" manuscript is an autobiography written by Sarah F. (Florence) Martin, and consists of a handwritten personal narrative which details her origins in Massachusetts, her nursing training, her career in Baltimore, and her friendship with Mary Cary Packard. Four photographs, one of Martin at six months old and another of her in nursing uniform, and two booklets from a Woman's Club accompany the narrative.
Together, the two manuscripts richly document the lifelong friendship and careers of the two women and their association with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Topics well-represented in these two memoirs include the early decades of the nursing profession in the United States, the development of Maryland's public health system and children's medical institutions; the genealogies of the Alden, Cary, Packard, and Parker families of eastern Massachusetts; and the history of the Cary family of Clovelly (Devon), England.
Parker Pillsbury diaries, 1864-1896 2 Linear Feet — 33 pocket diaries
The collection is composed of 33 pocket diaries Parker Pillsbury kept for the years 1864 to 1896. The diaries contain a consistent, uninterrupted record of Pillsbury's life during these years.
Pillsbury wrote daily or nearly daily about the details of his life recording both the mundane and the profound. A typical entry begins with the weather and his location before providing the names of those with whom he met or correspondeded that day, events he attended, lectures he gave, or work he did. Pillsbury writes about his interactions with William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Abby Kelley and Stephen S. Foster, Gerrit Smith, Wendell Phillips, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, the Allcott family, Robert Ingersoll, Charles Sumner, Henry Ward Beecher, Theodore Tilton and many other leading social reformers of the nineteenth century. His entries are occasionally accompanied by tipped in newspaper clippings about national events.
Due to their consistency and span, the diaries provide a decades' long chronology of Pillsbury's involvement with and importance in the major social reform movements of the late nineteenth century, and in particular, the women's rights movement with which he closely associated during these years. The diaries show him to be a ceaseless traveler, moving up and down the east coast, throughout New England, and through western New York and the Midwest, as he lectured, preached, attended women's suffrage conventions, and otherwise attempted to advance the causes of equal rights for women and African Americans and Free Religion.
The diaries illustrate his close and sustained relationship with major figures in the women's rights movements. He writes of his work as joint editor with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony of the Revolution from 1867 to 1870, and his continued friendship and partnership with Anthony in the following decades. He often visited her in Rochester, they lectured together, and he served as her advisor when she was put on trial in Albany by the State Supreme Court for voting without the right to do so.
Family papers documenting the Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague familes, representing the families in Sallie Bingham's matrilineal line. These materials belonged to Sallie Bingham's mother, Mary Caperton Bingham, until her death, when they went to Sallie; her sister, Eleanor Bingham Miller; and their niece, Emily Bingham. Two figures documented in these papers, Helena Lefroy Caperton and Sallie Montague Lefroy, are the focus, along with her mother, of Sallie Bingham’s 2014 book, The Blue Box. Includes genealogies, letters, wills, a bill of sale, short stories and other writing, speeches, a prayer book, list, a few clippings, and Irish and English postcards. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Cosmetics Trade Samples and Sachet collection, 1890s-1930s 1.0 Linear Foot
"Woman: the World Over": a lecture to accompany a series of 54 photographic transparencies for the optical lantern, 1901 49 items — 1 box; 1 pamphlet binder — 48 glass lantern slides; one printed booklet — Slides measure 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches — 48 glass slides; 1 printed booklet.
Collection consists of a nearly complete lecture set of 48 hand-colored glass lantern slides published in England. The original printed booklet accompanying the set bears the full title, "Woman: the world over. A lecture to accompany a series of 54 photographic transparencies for the optical lantern." The price appearing on the booklet is sixpence.
The booklet lists 53 slides in this set, and contains detailed lecture-format captions which would be read aloud as the slides were projected. The series is incomplete: numbers 28, 47, 48, 51, 53, and 54 are not present. Titles are also printed along the mount edges of each slide but are obscured in a few cases by black repair tape. All titles are original, as is the slide order. The titles and lecture script contain historical terms and language that may be offensive to modern-day audiences. The slides measure 3 1/4 inches square (83 x 83 mm).
The slides and lecture notes were originally arranged in six series, retained in this description: Woman in Society; The Domestic Woman; Woman in Subjection; Emancipated Woman; Woman the Breadwinner; and Angelic Woman.
The women in the portraits represent races, cultures and nations around the world, among which British Guiana, China, Iceland, India, Japan, Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Tonga, Tunisia, and the U.S. There are portraits of women with high social status, married women, and women in courtship; there are women depicted in their homes, women with children, and in roles of subjugation which the lecture suggests are little more than slaves. A few images include men.
The series "Woman the Breadwinner" includes agricultural, craft, and industrial scenes, and a slide of women nurses attending to patients. The "Emancipated Woman" series includes an actress, a group of nurses, and women mountaineering. There is one slide of the Women's Temple in Chigago, headquarters for the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1892 to 1926. Titles are present on the edges of most of the glass slide mounts, and are listed in full in the booklet.
The booklet's lecture notes refer to problematic social conditions for women, particularly regarding marriage, as well as changing social norms as the 20th century begins. The series ends with romantic images of ideal women, chiefly through the lens of courtship and beauty. Most of the missing slides are from this group.
The set held by the Rubenstein is numbered 1239 in the lecture booklet. There is no date on either the slides or the booklet, but the Women's Temple in Chigago, completed in 1892, provides the earliest date. A slide entitled "Wife of the Khedive" helps provide the latest date: the Egyptian title "Khedive" was last used in 1914. The Lucerna Magic Lantern Web Resource (viewed online November 8 2017) gives the publisher as the Riley Brothers of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, and the publication date as 1901.
Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection at Duke University.
Betsy Gamble Hansen papers, 1902-2003 and undated 5.5 Linear Feet — 11 boxes
The Betsy Gamble Hansen papers are organized into two series. The Writings series includes drafts of Hansen's 2003 novel Portals, iterations of which existed under the titles A Communion of Saints, A Gathering of Saints and Sinners, The Hawk and the Myna Bird, and Tapestry Tales. Also included in this series are papers related to the publication of the book, including publishing contracts, typeface samples, prospectuses, copyright forms, and estimates. The Menzies Family correspondence and other papers series contains letters received by Hansen's grandmother, E.B. Menzies, of Hickory, North Carolina, and her immediate family, clippings, and other papers. The bulk of the correspondence in this series was written by Menzies's sons, Bruce, George, and Tom Menzies, and her daughters Mary Stuart Menzies Tarrant and Jane Menzies Gamble (Betsy Gamble Hansen's mother). Other frequent correspondents include Tom's wife, Frances Menzies, and George's wife, Betty Menzies. Also included are birthday cards, Christmas cards, and letters for E.B. Menzies from friends. Two folders labeled "Family Correspondence" consist of correspondence between E.B. Menzies's children and their spouses. Peppered throughout these folders are letters from E.B. Menzie's grandchildren, including Betsy Gamble Hansen.
Mrs. E. B. Menzies was born Reesie Tipton Warren in 1880 in Emory, Virignia and died in 1961. She lived most of her life in Hickory, NC. She married Edward Bruce Menzies in 1902, and they remained together until Edward died in 1924. Most of the pre-1930 correspondence in the collection consists of letters from E.B. Menzies's extended family and a few letters from her children while away at camp. The children wrote infrequently in the 1930s. During this time Tom, George, and Bruce traveled across the country from their hometown of Hickory, North Carolina, in search of work, while Jane and Mary Stuart remained at home. From 1932-1935, the three men each attended the Colorado School of Mines and performed construction work for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) project to build the Hoover Dam, then held temporary jobs in several different cities before settling in California. Tom and Bruce attended college while George appears to have continued working.
During World War II, each of E.B. Menzies's sons enlisted as United States Navy Seabees in the Pacific Theater, and began to write home much more frequently. Tom graduated in 1942 and was immediately subject to the draft, while Bruce and George began service several months later. None of the three men appear to have seen much conflict, and each survived the war unharmed, although Bruce did stay in a Navy Hospital for some time, apparently due to a stomach illness. Jane and Mary Stuart kept in frequent contact with their brothers throughout the war. All three men were discharged by 1945.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, each of E.B. Menzies's sons settled in California with their wives and children. George began working for a rail line, Tom took a job at a mill, and Bruce sold insurance. E.B. Menzies moved to California to teach for two years before moving back to North Carolina. Each of her children kept in regular correspondence with her throughout the 1950s, but the letters stop in 1961, when E.B. Menzies died.
In addition to the correspondence in this series, this series contains clippings and other papers compiled by E.B. Menzies, including a small amount of financial papers, prescriptions, and materials relating to her children.
Elizabeth Annie Dickenson papers, 1906-1936 1.0 Linear Foot
The collection contains two photograph albums, two certificates, a woven scarf, and a small framed portrait of a nurse. The albums contain snapshots and candid photographs taken by or collected by Elizabeth Annie Dickenson, as well as some handwritten captions recording names, places, and dates of images. A larger album has about 140 photographs and appears to be based solely at the Bodlondeb Auxiliery Hospital in Bangor, Wales, where Dickenson worked as a nurse during World War I. Images include scenes of nurses and soldiers at the hospital as well as leisure outings to local sites in nearby Welsh towns. This album also contains two signatures from Princess Victoria, who appears in some of the photographs during her visit to the hospital.
A second album, "Autographs," has a range of images from different sources and periods of time, including Bodlondeb and other locations in Wales in 1916-1917; some images of Lahore, including Mayo Hospital, in 1919; and at least one 1906 photograph of Dickenson with other nurses. This album also contains a 1936 note and photograph of children dated 1924.
The certificates relate to Dickenson's nursing career - one is a midwife certification, issued 1906, and the other is a commendation issued by the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England, dated approximately 1918.
The framed portrait is presumably of Elizabeth Annie Dickenson in uniform, but is unlabeled and undated.
Camp Fire Girls collection, 1910-1977 3 Linear Feet — 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder
This collection includes examples of Camp Fire Girls and Blue Birds membership cards and forms, catalogs, programming materials, crafting projects, songs, educational resources, administrative records and notes, correspondence, scrapbooks, homemade yearbooks, and some ephemera including a ceremonial dress and charter. Includes some materials from Camp Fire Girls in New England, New Mexico, Indiana, and other unidentified places. Includes extensive programming and planning materials from Mrs. Marion Hunt who served as a Camp Fire Girls guardian in the Arlington and Boston, Mass. area in the 1940s.
Harriet Root papers, 1918-1920 0.5 Linear Feet — 1 box
This collection contains correspondence from Harriet I. Root to her family, particularly her mother, while Root was stationed in France as part of the Army Nurse Corps between 1918 and 1919, during and immediately following World War I.
Root's letters describe her life and work at U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 14 in Mars sur Allier, which was still in the process of being established when she first arrived in August 1918. She writes of her work as a nurse treating soldiers arriving by hospital train from the front, as well as of her leisure time, living conditions, and news from family and friends. Letters from late 1918 record the steady infrastructure improvements for the hospital. Some letters have been censored, and most indicate that they have been reviewed by the Army's censor. Root also discusses her homesickness and some of the injuries and other trauma she witnessed when receiving and caring for wounded soldiers. She describes celebrating Halloween and Christmas with some camp parties and caroling. She also discusses the 1918 influenza pandemic which hit the camp but which she said was "light" compared to what was happening in the United States. Root was transferred to Vannes Camp Hospital 91 in spring of 1919, and was stationed there and at the Embarkation Center in France until summer 1919. She traveled home to Chicago via London and Edinburgh in July 1919.
Most of the collection's letters are from Root to her parents and sister, Constance (Connie). Other letters to Harriet's mother (Mrs. Frank K. Root) are also present in the collection from Harriet's friends and fellow nurses, including her roommate Harriet Liers, as well as a few items from Frank Ayers, who Harriet Root later married.
There are some real photo postcards that Root used for letter-writing, showing the buildings and landscape of the camp and labeled with annotations by Root. There are other printed photograph postcards also used for letters, numbered sequentially and showing scenes from Vannes and other areas of France.
The collection also contains some late 1918 and early 1919 issues of The Martian, an Army newspaper for the U.S. Base 14. Root collected these to send to her family. The Martian discusses camp life, containing soldier and nurse submissions, poetry, jokes, and other articles and anecdotal news items. Some issues contain cartoons or artwork, some of which depict racist stereotypes or which contain exaggerated caricatures. One issue contains an article about "Annamites," referring to Vietnamese from colonial French Indochina who worked in France, including at the base hospital, in support of the Allied war effort. The newspaper discusses the Vietnamese workers in paternalistic and racially derogatory terms.
Jean Kilbourne papers, 1918-2014 and undated 70 Linear Feet
Collection spans 1918-2014 and includes: clippings; tear sheets; correspondence; research reports and other printed materials; slides and slide presentation texts; audiovisual materials in multiple formats including 8mm and 16mm films, audio and video cassettes; book drafts and research files used for teaching and production of Kilbournes books and films. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture.
Jeanne Audrey Powers papers, 1924-2015 and undated 58 Linear Feet — 111 boxes
The Jeanne Audrey Powers papers span the dates 1924-2015 and contain files documenting her personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels, and activism.
The collection is arranged into the following series: Professional Papers, Personal Papers, Print Material, and Re-Imagining Movement. The Professional Papers series contains the following subseries: Conferences/Workshops/Schools, Ecumenical and Interreligious Work, Correspondence and Writing, and Activism. A 2015 addition to the collection (2015-0177) is organized into the same four series.
Tijuana Bibles collection, 1930s-1998 3 Linear Feet — 500 items
The Tijuana Bibles Collection consists of about 400 Tijuana bibles, some printed material about the bibles and the phenomenon as a whole, and an anonymous author's sketches and drawings of characters and plots.
The Tijuana bibles include a wide range of characters, many inspired by (or lifted from) mainstream media and celebrities. The most frequently used characters were from newspaper comic strips, including Andy Gump, Betty Boop, Blondie and Dagwood, Dick Tracy, Ella Cinders, Dumb Dora, Wimpy, Pete the Tramp, Tillie the Toiler, and Popeye. Other bibles include generic figures such as travelling salesmen (including a vacuum cleaner man, a book salesman, a radio salesmen, and so on); parodies of real people, including Nazis, boxer Joe Louis, and other celebrities; or versions of popular movie heroines, such as Snow White or Mae West.
The collection held in Rubenstein Library consists largely of Tijuana bibles, but also include other small pornographic cartoon or comic joke books, similar in design and in manufacturing quality, but not entirely true to the "traditional" form of a Tijuana bible. There are also Tijuana bible reproductions in this series.
The manuscript materials accompanying the bibles consist of drafts and sketches for two strips, one featuring Wahoo and the other featuring Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae. Also included is a draft of "Fritzi Ritz in 'Kisses for Sale'." This series also includes pornographic drawings of generic female characters, some with and some without text. These do not appear to be taken from any particular Tijuana bible. All of the manuscript material is anonymous and undated.
Finally, the collection also includes a series of books about Tijuana bibles, compiled by the collector, including reprints of some of the bibles as well as essays or historical introductions to the genre. These books were published between 1971 and 1998.
Equal Rights Amendment collection, 1933-1948 0.25 Linear Feet — 1 box
Collection consists of circulated pamphlets, handouts, and literature issued both opposing and supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Materials date from the early and mid-twentieth century and discuss the different legal opinions between the adopting the ERA versus adopting or upholding additional protective legislation for women. These materials appear to have been received by Duke University Libraries as subscriptions in the 1940s, and added to the Perkins Library Pamphlet Collection. They were later transferred to Rubenstein Library.
Batya Weinbaum papers, 1936-2021 55.0 Linear Feet — 1.4 Gigabytes
This collection documents Weinbaum's personal life, education and professional life. The papers are arranged into the following thirteen series: Legal, Correspondence, Press, Activities, Research and Scholarship, Art, Writing, Teaching, Photography, Print Materials, Journals, Family Memorabilia and Audiovisual Materials.
The first series largely documents Weinbuam's lawsuit against Cleveland State University from 2004-2006. The second series contains correspondence primarily related to Weinbaim's teaching and publications, and includes letters she exchanged with influential figures in various fields such as contemporary American literature, multiculturalism, women's studies, poetry, music composition and education. The third and fourth series include press and reviews related to Weinbaum's personal writings and artwork, as well as items associated with workshops, speaking engagements and other activities given or attended by Weinbaum. Her Handmaid's Gate Camp project in Floyd, VA is documented in series four. The next four series contain substantial materials related to Weinbaum's writing and research, including: drafts of her books, poetry, academic publications, artwork, music and materials related to editing and publishing the journal FemSpec. The Teaching series also encompasses syllabi and course materials used during Weinbaum's time as a graduate student instructor and as a professional at Cleveland State University and Pacifica Graduate Institute.
The collection also includes an extensive Photography series, with photographs/negatives Weinbaum took professionally as a documentary photographer in South America and Mexico; fieldwork in China and Israel, as well as family photo albums and scrapbooks. The eleventh series contains several decades of journals, notebooks and sketchbooks. The Family Memorabilia series documents Weinbaum's relationship with her daughter, Ola Liota Weinbaum. The Audiovisual Materials series has electronic files in a variety of formats including: floppy discs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs and VHS tapes. These files encompass Weinbaum's writing and material related to Femspec. The contents of Weinbuam's hard drive are also described throughout the series where appropriate. Where possible, Weinbuam's original folder titles and descriptions have been retained.
Workers' Defense League records, 1940-1949 0.2 Linear Feet — 38 items
Collection comprises material mailed by the Workers' Defense League primarily as part of fundraising efforts, particularly on the part of legal cases undertaken by the organization. The main case was that of Odell Waller, a Virginia sharecropper sentenced to death in 1940 for killing his white landlord. Arguing that the landlord had cheated Waller and that he had in any case acted in self-defense, the WDL raised money for Waller's defense, lobbied for the commutation of his sentence, and mounted a nationwide publicity campaign on his behalf. The effort was unsuccessful, and Waller was executed on July 2, 1942. Other cases included Alton Levey, Rosario Chirillo, and Tee Davis; the organization worked in support of federal regulation to repeal poll taxes. Items include brochures on the Waller case, luncheon and dinner invitations, a tear sheet for an advertisement, action alerts, flyer announcing a contest and a mass meeting in New York, and contribution forms with mailing envelopes.
Also includes a fundraising mailer (1946 May 16) related to Tee Davis and sent by Lillian Smith, the author of the novel STRANGE FRUIT. Tee Davis was an African American from Arkansas who was sentenced to ten years in prison for assault with intent to kill. His crime was firing a shotgun towards the bottom of the front door to his home while an intruder tried to break in. The intruder was a white sheriff looking for thieves.
"Maxiña" photograph album, 1940s-1950s 0.5 Linear Feet — 1 box — Album: 11 1/2 x 10 inches — The album is comb-bound and measures roughly 11 1/2 x 10", and has faux leather covers. The front cover is detached. There are 62 pages, the first 30 containing 102 black-and-white photographs, including seven which are hand-colored. Ten photos are lacking. Most photos range from 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches to 5 x 7 inches. Seven studio portraits measure 8 x 10 inches, and 23 are photo booth or a little smaller. Approximately 26 are black-and-white Polaroids that are fading and abraded.
This photograph album was compiled by an individual of color identified only as "Maxiña" or in at least one instance, "Maxine," living in Cleveland, Ohio. The black-and-white photographs date from approximately 1947 to the 1950s, and focus on Maxiña, her LGBTQ+ friends, and family. There are several images of men in military uniforms. Her gender as assigned at birth appears to be male; her gender expression in almost all the album images is feminine. There are over fifty images of gender non-conforming individuals, many of those depicting Maxiña.
A set of black-and-white Polaroids seem to be taken inside an unnamed bar which clearly served the Latino or Hispanic, African American, gay men, and gender non-conforming communities. Maxiña is seen in these photos embracing and kissing men of color. There are also photobooth pictures of gender non-conforming people, some with female names. One caption gives a Cleveland address, "Scene from my window/2162 E. 55," and another photograph of an African American man, "Mel," with a "Dr. Szeklay," possibly the Hungarian doctor named Emrick (or "Emerick") Szekely.
Seven portraits, including a formal portrait of Maxiña and a man identified only as Homer, were taken at the studio of William H. Jordan, an African American photographer in Cleveland.
About two-thirds of the 102 photographs have hand-written captions; some of the names and longer captions are in Spanish. A few of the captions on larger images express romantic love: "Before him there was no other."
A news clipping in the album refers to the death of an entertainer from Cleveland, Jess Rodgers, who was a member of the 12 Counts, a society for African Americans in Cleveland founded in 1939.
Henry David papers, 1943-2022, bulk 1970s-1990s 140 Linear Feet — 166 boxes
The Henry David papers span the years 1943-2022 and contain materials documenting his professional life, including monographs, photocopied and reprinted journal articles, grey literature, correspondence, subject files, reports, grant proposals, travel brochures, journals, correspondence, conference papers, media clippings, legal reviews of international abortion rights, assessment measures, and questionnaires. It provides extensive documentation of his international family planning research, his international collaborations, his research on adolescents, the legal standing of abortion, abortion as it relates to mental health, and documentations of his work with the Transnational Family Research Institute.
Vera Brittain letter to John Middleton Murry, 1946 September 13 0.1 Linear Feet — 1 item
Consists of a single typescript letter from Brittain to the critic and editor John Middleton Murry dated September 13, 1946. Single-page, with text on front and back written on letterhead reading "2 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea S.W.3." Brittain comments on the revival of Murry's The Adelphi, and on strategies to finance such literary magazines. The second part of the letter discusses her opinions on methods of pacifist activism, particuarly as related to nuclear war. The postscript discusses the forthcoming publication of John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima. She comments, "If only the world could read it, the 'next war' would move much further off." It is signed "Vera."
The collection comprises individual issues of periodicals produced by or reporting on organizations involved in the women's rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movements (LGBT) of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. A wide variety of periodical genres are represented here, including literary and art journals, newspapers, organizational newsletters, and popular culture magazines. The periodicals in this collection were donated by individuals, purchased, or separated from manuscript collections. Manuscript collections held by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from which periodicals were separated are the Catherine Nicholson Papers; the Dan Kirsch Papers; the Kate Millett Papers; the Irene Peslikis Papers; the Minnie Bruce Pratt Papers; the Margaret McFadden Papers; and the Charis Books and More-Charis Circle Records. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Nancy Sours papers, 1962-1982 1.0 Linear Foot
This collection contains correspondence, collected printed and published materials, and some personal materials documenting Nancy Sours's work; her family's activities and travels; her involvement with various organizations such as Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); her friendships and sexual relationships; her experiences and opinions about her community organizing and civil rights activism; her mental and physical health; and her education at San Francisco State College and University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her letters to and from her family and friends contain candid assessments of different civil rights organizations and leaders, including her frustration with Martin Luther King Jr.; details about her activities and participation in voter registration canvassing, protests and sit-ins, marches and demonstrations, and her arrests; her mental health, relationships with different men of different races, and her use of birth control; her expenses, living situations, and leisure activities; and her involvement in different feminist and activist organizations on campus and in Berkeley. Topics discussed in the various printed materials include civil rights, Black power, student activism, socialism and economic reform, gay liberation, women's liberation, reproductive rights, and Vietnam War protests.
LGBTQ ephemera collection, 1964-2006 and undated 1.5 Linear Feet
The LGBTQ Ephemera Collection includes posters, pamphlets, newsletters, t-shirts, and other miscellany from a range of organizations and events. Most items are foldered individually.
Dorothy Allison papers, 1965-2010 92.5 Linear Feet — 92.5 linear ft. (approximately 69,375 Items)
The Dorothy Allison Papers include drafts and manuscripts of her writings (including Bastard Out of Carolina, Trash, Cavedweller, and other works). All of Allison's unpublished works are RESTRICTED and require permission from the creator prior to use. Personal and professional correspondence, including exchanges with her publishers and other authors, are held in the chronological and work files. The collection also contains Allison's research materials and subject files, covering topics on feminism, lesbianism, sexuality, pornography, writing, and other related files. Allison's journals, dating from 1985 through the 2000s, consist of both handwritten and electronic formats, with all of the electronic journals printed for the archive. All of Allison's journals are RESTRICTED and require permission from the creator prior to use. Also included are materials from her speaking engagements, workshops, and other professional activities. There are a variety of special formats within the collection, including some photographs, electronic files, audio tapes, video cassettes, DVDs, and oversize posters.
Collection was acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Jill Over papers, 1966-2011 6.5 Linear Feet — 3500 Items
Collection includes publications and research files related to human rights, social justice activism, and peace in Latin America and the United States; as well as ephemera, pamphlets, periodicals, and clippings related to youth liberation, sex education, reproductive health, and feminism, primarily dating from the 1970s and 1980s.
Nancy Blood papers, 1967-2001 and undated. 6 Linear Feet
The Nancy Blood papers collection contains materials related to Women's Studies. It consists of a subject file of printed materials discussing women's health, employment, art, feminism, academics, law, motherhood, child care, birth control, etc. It also includes three feminist publications from 1969 to 2001 (The Newsletter, Feminary, and Whole Women Catologue), photography, and materials discussing lesbian topics and LGBT rights.
Judith A. Fortney Papers, 1967-2004 4.5 Linear Feet
The Judith A. Fortney papers document the professional activities of this pioneering women's health researcher. The materials in this collection include her writings and publications, project documentation, professional correspondence, subject files, photographs, and realia.
June Miller Kimmel papers, 1970s-2016 3.25 Linear Feet
This collection documents June Miller Kimmel's activist and advocacy work in North Carolina, particularly during the 1990s and 2000s. Material is focused largely upon Kimmel's work with the Women's Legislative Agenda and its annual assemblies, as well as subject files about different aspects of women's history. The Women's Agenda files include meeting notes, programs, correspondence, and other relevant information. The women's history files include articles and information about each topic.
Cookie Teer papers, 1971-2000, bulk 1983-1997 31.2 Linear Feet
The materials in the Cookie Teer papers date from 1971 to 2000, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1983 and 1997. These materials include: newspaper clippings, magazines, correspondence, photographs, meeting minutes, manuscripts, notes, published books, audio and videotapes, organizational records, and court transcripts. The collection documents Teer's activism during this period; the feminist issues with which she was concerned; feminist and anti-pornography activism in and around Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C.; and the activities of the organizations of which Teer was a member, including the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) and Pornography Awareness.
The materials provide detailed documentation of the social, cultural, and political debates over pornography in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, with materials from both proponents and opponents of anti-pornography legislation, as well as detailed documentation of the pornography industry, with a focus on publications such as Playboy and Hustler. Transcripts from hearings organized by the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography supplement these materials, with testimony from all sides of the pornography debate.
Teer's extensive subject files (37 boxes) contain newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, and printed items pertaining to women's rights, feminists, feminist organizations and events, and social issues related to women and children such as rape, pornography, incest, prostitution, domestic violence, child custody, and child abuse. Other materials relate to her ownership of the Southern Sisters bookstore (Durham, N.C.), such as promotional materials, newsletters, events fliers, several rolodex files, rubber stamps, and calendars.
The collection also contains materials related to particular feminist activists and theorists, including Nikki Craft, Catherine MacKinnon, and Andrea Dworkin.
Collection consists of a set of seven mounted photographs, apparently intended for exhibition, and a set of five pro-choice pamphlets created by the Abortion Rights Association of New York (later known as Abortion Rights Association, Inc.). The photographs include coroner's office photographs of deceased women following self-inflicted abortions; morgue photographs of infanticides; equipment and tools used in self-inflicted abortions; and fetuses in utero, one with deformed brain. Author of the included captions is unknown. The pamphlets, written to assist New York physicians and practioners implementing the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling, address women's rights to clinical abortions, abortion laws, counseling and guidance on policies, and references to New York abortion clinics and practitioners.
Margery Sved papers, 1972-1985 0.5 Linear Feet — 1 box
The Margery Sved papers contains materials documenting women's health organizations and events in the Triangle area of North Carolina from 1972-1985, including educational materials, notes from conferences and workshops related to women and minorities in medicine, and publications on women's health.
Elizabeth Grosz papers, 1973-2016 13.5 Linear Feet — 9 boxes
Professional papers of feminist philosopher, Elizabeth (Liz) Grosz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Grosz. Materials encompass her scholarly work, including research files, manuscripts and typescripts of writings, publications, as well as student work, teaching files including syllabi, lecture notes, etc., and ephemera.
The North Carolinians Agaist Racist and Religious Violence records document the history of this grassroots activist organization. Collection materials include administrative files, publications, press releases, meeting materials, notes, grants and grant applications, clippings, subject files, photographs and audiovisual materials.
The Administrative Materials series contains files generated by NCARRV's daily work, including letterhead stationery and forms, personnel files, an audit report, licensing documentation, event photographs, incident reports documenting individual hate crimes, NCARRV business meetings, and project files including Hold On! a video produced by NCARRV about hate crimes in Robeson County, NC. There is also documentation of their youth projects and workshops, as well as a grant-funded educational project at NC Central University. That project examined police community relations, an advisory board of police chiefs across the state that looked at how to improve police relationships with communities of color, and published a report called No Reverence For Life.
The Publications and Public Messaging series contains NCARRV's publications and public relations materials, including Annual Reports, Special Reports, Newsletters, Updates, press releases, and other public messaging files.
The Development series contains materials relating to NCARRV's fund-raising activities. It includes files with information about individual membership donations and grant funding. There is a card file with member information as well as routine correspondence. The bulk of this series consists of information from funding organizations and NCARRV's grant application materials.
The Research Files series consists chiefly of NC newspapers clippings on the topic of racist violence from NCARRV's subscription to the Carolina Clippings Service. Also included are photographs documenting hate group marches, subject files, and research and class notes. There are publications from nonprofit groups whose mission relates to NCARRV's. These materials consist of pamphlets, essays, reports, newsletters, periodical issues, and annual reports.
The Audio/Visual series consists of 18 audiocassettes and 42 videocassettes. The audiocassetes contain recordings of phone messages left by Klan members, KKK rallies, and a recording of Mab Segrest speaking at a "Hands off My Neighbor" symposium. The videotapes chiefly consist of copies of and research for "Hold On!: Robeson County's Fight for Justice" produced by NCARRV in 1988. Other video contents include trial coverage, a 1990 Gay Pride March in Raleigh, and recordings of television news shows about racism.
Renee Chelian Papers, 1981-1995 6 Linear Feet — 5 boxes
The Renee Chelian papers include professional papers related to Chelian's clinic, Northland Family Planning in Detroit, Michigan, and her work with national organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for Women. Materials relate mostly to her work at the Northland Family Planning clinic during the 1990s and include newspaper clippings, photographs, pro-choice and anti-abortion materials, completed surveys from patients, family, and friends who visited the clincs, and administrative documents related to escort training, office supplies, and staff information.
The collection also contains materials, such as hate mail and pamphlets, related to anti-abortion groups and their picketing of the Northland Family clinic. Folders titled Saturday contain photographs of the picketors and picketing information of the anti-abortion protesting at the clinic. Materials also relate to other anti-abortion materials, including papers related to the harassment of other abortion providers and the murder of Dr. David Gunn, and anti-clinic organizations such as Operation Rescue, Life Dynamics, Prolife Action League, Feminists for Life, crisis pregnancy centers and leaders such as Randall Terry and Joe Scheidler.
Also included are materials from other women's health organizations and campaigns, including Stand Up For Women, Project Choice, and Operation Rescue. Some of the anti-abortion materials contain explicit images.
Bill Brown zine collection, 1981-2011, 1981-2011, bulk 1990-2005 4.8 Linear Feet — 271 items
In January 2013, Bill Brown donated his personal collection of zines, comprising 186 titles and almost 250 issues in total. Although Brown never actively collected zines, he was always eager to barter and trade with other zine makers. The resulting collection includes zines spanning from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. The zines are arranged alphabetically by title.
Claudia Horwitz papers, 1988-2013 8.5 Linear Feet — 14 boxes
Collection includes, but is not limited to writings, research and subject files, project files, talks/speeches, and files documenting group work.
Jenny Zervakis papers, 1991-2021 1 Linear Foot
Collection consists largely of issues of "Strange Growths" and "Urban Hiker." "Strange Growths" is an autobiographical comic zine that Zervakis began in 1991, featuring artwork and writing that address her life experiences. The "Urban Hiker" was a community-based magazine produced in Durham that provided entertainment and education through people's stories. Also included in the collection are other comics and writings by Zervakis, as well as an artist's statement.
Lisa Jaronski zine collection, 1992-2005 5.4 Linear Feet — 9 boxes
Collection consists of zines primarily from the U.S., with a small number from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Many of the zines were acquired through trade and larger organized swaps referred to as “Lazy Jane’s Zine Trades” arranged by the collector (ie: send in 30 copies of your zine, get 30 unique zines back from the other participants).
Bingham Center Zine collection, 1992-2017 33.5 Linear Feet
This collection consists of zines, primarily authored by women and people of marginalized genders, acquired as donations from multiple collectors or purchased from book stores, zine fairs, and zine distributors. Some zines in accession 2022-0179 were written during the first year of the covid-19 pandemic.
Fourth World Conference on Women collection, 1994-1997, 2010 2.75 Linear Feet
Collection includes conference publications, information packets, schedules, and posters collected by attendee Margot Smith. Also included are recordings of conference proceedings and other videos produced by Margot and her company, Off Center Video. Margot's daughter, Janet Linney, was a videographer at the conference and helped produce the recordings. All materials date from 1995 unless otherwise indicated.
Stone Circles records, 1995-2012 11.4 Linear Feet — 19 boxes
Established in 1995, Stone Circles is a leading organization in the national movement toward a more spiritually-based form of activism. SC has introduced thousands of social change leaders and organizations to spiritual and reflective practice through workshops, retreats, trainings and strategic convenings. Stone Circles at the Stone House is located in Mebane, NC on 70 acres of farmland.
Hương Ngô zines and artists books, 2004-2021, undated 0.25 Linear Feet
This collection consist of 14 zines and artists books created by Hương Ngô. The collection shows the interdisciplinary character of Ngô's artistic practice, as it includes different media such as photography, collective narrative, and illustration. The works included in the collection explore themes such as migration, linguistic plurality, and colonialism through photographs, illustrations, maps, newspapers, cards, and collective narratives. For example, "And the State of Emergency…" explores life in a refugee camp. This work also relates to Ngô's installation "And the State of Emergency Is Also Always a State of Emergence" (2017).
The collection is comprised of Binocular/Magnifiers; Set of 3 rolodex cards with exhibit information, 2004; Bee line pocket map (4.5 x 3 inches); Escape padded tyvek envelope cards, 2004-2006; Secret School zines, 2009 (01 Language, Memory; What does Fugio mean?; 03 Gold; 05 Food); Taming a Wild Tongue, 2019; And The State of Emergency…, 2017; Let's focus on what makes you feel good; Untranslatable, 2021 (facsimile of newsprint with French script on outside); Proposals, 2017 (text explores the pursuit of a Vietnamese translation for the word "feminism.") Newspaper (22 x 33 inches); Her Name Escapes Me, 2019.
Melanie Dornier photographs, 2013-2016 1.0 Linear Foot — 2 boxes — 110 color inkjet prints — 11 3/4 x 8 inches
Collection consists of two documentary photography series by Melanie Dornier taken in India. "Mahila Thana: All Women Police Station" is comprised of 56 color digital prints. The photographs - taken during 2016 - record daily life inside the walls of the All Women Police Station of Gurugram, Haryana. The 54 color digital prints in "Punch My Face: Women's Boxing in India, document the experiences of Meena Kumari, a wife, mother, buffalo owner, police officer, and boxer, between 2013 and 2016.
In an artist's statement Dornier describes that in 2012, "...the safety issues of the Indian women and gender violence were brought to the fore by the news of the gang rape and death of a young student in New Delhi, India. Since then funding and action plans have been implemented all around the country. In Gurugram, the millennium city in the state of Haryana, it was decided to open an All Women Police Station (AWPS) as in each of Haryana's districts and this was completed in August 2015. The project 'Mahila Thana,' which is 'All Women Police Station' in Hindi, documents the daily life inside the walls of the AWPS of Gurugram."
On "Punch My Face," Dornier reflects that, "Meena Kumari was born in December 1982 to a modest rural family. Now she is reaching the end of her boxing career and she hopes to soon become a police inspector. In 2001, Meena was one of the first Indian women to become a boxer and enjoyed visibility on the international scene. Her first major fight was confronting her father who believed boxing was not a respectable activity for a woman. Despite this Meena worked harder and harder and quickly reached the national and international stage in the flyweight category (51KG). Back then, female boxers were trained with young boys due to the shortage of women in the ring...at the end of 2016 and at the end of this photo documentary, we see Meena in the first months of her third pregnancy."
Dornier is the winner of the 2017 Bettye Lane Award for Feminist Photography, sponsored by the Archive of Documentary Arts and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.
Strange Fire Collective records, 2015-2021 2 Linear Feet — 2 boxes
The Strange Fire Collective archive centers on the photography and multi-media work of women artists, artists of color, and LGBTQ+ artists. It comprises printed ephemera such as booklets, publicity postcards, gallery and exhibition guides, printouts from their website posts, chiefly interviews with artists; additionally, it includes a large set of single-sheet poster reproductions of artist works used in a 2019 exhibition hosted at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). The 2019 MIAD exhibit featured a presentation by Strange Fire Collective's four co-founders, which also served as keynote for the Society for Photographic Education's Midwest Chapter Conference in Milwaukee; a conference booklet is also found in the collection.
Exhibition catalogs produced by the Strange Fire Collective include Agency (publication date 2016), Signal Boost (2018), and In this body of mine (2020). The latter featured the works of Strange Fire artists Nydia Blas, Andre Bradley, Ria Brodell, Widline Cadet, Kei Ito, Rachel Jessen, Tarrah Krajnak, Natalie Krick, Birthe Piontek, Kalen Na'il Roach, Gabriel García Roman, Leonard Suryajaya, Paula Wilson and American snapshots from the collection of Robert E. Jackson. The collection also includes an exhibit catalog for All we carry (publication date 2021), built from the interview archives of Strange Fire; this exhibit was part of the Study Hall series at Pratt Institute.
The Strange Fire printed poster reproductions were reported by the collective to be inspired by the similar work of visual artist Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957-1996), who created an installation with stacks of printed sheets that exhibit viewers could take with them. Each sheet within the stack features a work by one artist; together, the set represents over 100 artists supported by Strange Fire since its founding. The sheets measure approximately 16x20 inches. A duplicate set of these poster prints also exists in the collection.
49 watercolor, gouache, and graphite paintings of Hummingbirds by Elizabeth Symonds. Each painting is accompanied by a glassine sheet with the Latin name and English equivalent of the hummingbird written in ink (except for number xliv which is missing). The watercolors were formerly bound in a volume with a manuscript title page. The volume was previously disbound and only a photocopy of the title page remains.