The Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection

The Schlesinger History of Women in America collection is the product of a partnership between Artstor and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. The collection embraces approximately 36,000 high quality digital images from the Schlesinger Library's renowned photographic archives. These images represent the work of both professional and amateur artistic and documentary photographers, including the work of many women photographers as well as men. Portraits of women's work in domestic service, agriculture, and needlework, their employment in factories, and opportunities in clerical work, nursing, medicine, and teaching, are included. The photographic archive richly documents key participants in the women's suffrage movement and larger women's rights movement, as well as women involved in organized labor and vocational training. The collection includes images of diverse women, including African Americans, Asians and other immigrants. It also includes materials related to women artists, such as sculptor and inventor Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908). These images provide a unique kind of documentation of women's history, which Artstor makes much more easily accessible to educators and scholars.

The audience for this collection will include scholars, teachers, and students throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences, who will value having the ability to access and browse this unique collection of images for educational and scholarly uses.

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, is the leading national repository for women's history. The Library's collections document the full spectrum of activities and experiences of American women in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular strengths include women's rights and suffrage, social reform, the labor movement, work and professions, family history, health and sexuality, culinary history, and gender issues.