June 2008

News from the Archives provides readers with news concerning U.S. Women's History from archives and repositories with collections and projects of interest. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact Tanya Zanish-Belcher at tzanish .

Drexel University
Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine & Homeopathy

The Women in Medicine collection, formerly known as MCP Hahnemann Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine, MCP Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine and Allegheny University of the Health Sciences has a new web address and mailing address.

Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine & Homeopathy
Drexel University College of Medicine
Joanne Grossman, Director
3300 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Duke University
John Hope Franklin Center for African and African American Documentation:

The John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African American Documentation has recently announced its most recent acquisition, the Darlene Clark Hine Papers. A leading historian of the African American experience, Professor Hine is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to working at Northwestern, she was the John A. Hannah Professor of American History at Michigan State University. Dr. Hine was co-editor of a two-volume book entitled Black Women in America (New York, 2005). She has been author or editor for more than fifteen books on topics related to African Americans and women. In addition, Dr. Hine has received many honors including induction into the American Academy of Arts and Science, fellowships at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the National Humanities Center, as well as a Special Achievement award from Kent State University.

For more information, please contact: Karen Jean Hunt, Director
E-mail: franklin-collection
Phone: 919-660-5922
Fax: 919-660-5934

Duke University
Sallie Bingham Center for Women s History and Culture:

New collections include the papers and records of activists Minnie Bruce Pratt, Elizabeth Hargrave, and Mandy Carter. The Center also maintains a zine collection, and there are approximately 4,500 that are mostly arranged according to collector (e.g. Sarah Dyer Zine Collection) as well as one "intentional" collection of zines from many different sources:

The exhibits, "The Feminist Art Movement, 1960s-1980s" and "Stretching the Canvas: Women Explore the Arts," are also available online:

For more information, please contact:
Laura Micham, Director
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Box 90185
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185 U.S.A.
E-mail: laura.m
Phone: 919-660-5828

Jewish Women s Archives

The JWA recently collaborated with Rachel Talbot to create the film Making Trouble. Making Trouble tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century — Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein. The film has been shown at film festivals in Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, among others.

Know How Conference

2010: The Asia Pacific Women s Information Network Center and Sookmyung Women s University will host the Know How Conference in Seoul, South Korea. The first Know How Conference, held in Amsterdam in 1998 and hosted by the International Information Centre and Archives for the Women s Movement (IIAV), gave birth to the Know How community. Anyone who collects and disseminates information with the goal of contributing to the understanding of women s lives and to improving women s lives can join the global Know How community.

Purdue University

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Women s Archives was established in 2006 as a means of documenting the women who helped shape Purdue and Indiana history. The Purdue Archives and Special Collections unit actively acquires the papers of women affiliated with Purdue or Indiana. Of special interest are the papers of women who have succeeded in largely male-dominated professions such as engineering, technology, science, and management.

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting:

Sessions of interest during the meeting include, "Documenting a Revolution: Second Wave Feminism and Beyond!" (Thursday, August 28: 2:00-3:30) and "Power Figures: The Roles of Women in the Development of American Museums" (Saturday, August 30: 1:30-3).

The Women s Collections Roundtable meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, from 5:30-7:30 at the GLBT Historical Society, 657 Mission Street, #300, San Francisco. The program will feature women historians discussing their research in women s collections.

University of Iowa—Iowa Women s Archives:

The Iowa Women s Archives, founded by Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith, is celebrating its 15 th anniversary. There are two new online resources: the IWA Founders Collection and the IWA Timeline . The Founders collection includes a scrapbook that chronicles Mary Louise Smith s early involvement in politics, which culminated in her appointment as chair of the Republican National Committee in 1974. Louise Noun s scrapbooks document many aspects of her activism, including her leadership of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union.

These materials are part of the Iowa Women s Archives Digital Collections, a new portal that provides access to the 1400 IWA items in the Iowa Digital Library. The site, which allows users to browse by subject, time period or document type, is available online at

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