March 2010

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 .

Aletta, Institute for Women's History (Amsterdam)

On the 11th of August 2009, one day after the 80th anniversary of the death of Aletta Jacobs, the International Information Center and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV) changed its name to 'Aletta, Institute for Women's History'. Aletta has also recently published the book Traveling Heritages, New Perspectives on Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Women's History and has also introduced a new web site:

Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)

Ball State University Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of three collections of women's history resources available online in the Digital Media Repository ( ), the Middletown Women's History Digital Collection, The Man Haters Film Collection, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection.

The Middletown Women's History Collection

( /MidWmnHis ) provides online access to archival materials documenting the experiences of women in Muncie, Indiana from the 1880s through the 1930s. It includes diaries, minutes, and correspondence, photographs and other documents from the wealth of resources available in Ball State University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. The collection is organized based on the six areas used by Helen and Robert Lynd in their seminal sociological study of Muncie, or "Middletown," in the 1920s and 1930s. This project was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Man Haters Film Collection: The Man Haters is a rare 35mm silent movie filmed in Muncie, Indiana in 1915. The film was produced by Basil McHenry, a traveling film producer from Akron, Ohio. He financed the film with sponsorship by Muncie's Majestic Theater and The Muncie Evening Press newspaper. Readers of the Press were asked to cast their votes for the leading actresses using coupons printed in the paper. Filming began in Muncie, Indiana on November 3, 1915 and the movie opened at the Majestic Theater on November 15, 1915.

This digital collection contains the ten minute original version and a longer documentary version of The Man Haters film, newspaper clippings about the contest, still photographs from the film, and a booklet about history of the film. The collection can be accessed in the Digital Media Repository of Ball State University, at , under the "The Man Haters Film Collection."

The Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection
( /ElRoos ) includes digital audio, photographs, and a transcript documenting Eleanor Roosevelt's speech to convocation in Assembly Hall at Ball State Teacher's College (now Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana, on May 6, 1959. The title of her speech was "Is America Facing World Leadership?" and warned against complacency and stressed the urgency of understanding other peoples in the world.

These collections are also available to researchers in person in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries. If you have any questions about these or other collections in the Digital Media Repository, please feel free to contact:

John Straw
Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections and Digital Media
Repository Project Coordinator
Ball State University Libraries
Alexander M. Bracken Library
Muncie, IN 47306 jstraw

KnowHow Conference on the World of Women's Information
While there will be no 2010 KnowHow Conference held, this web site provides numerous resources on locating information relating to women:

KnowHow has also introduced a new feature on launched 12 months ago and now helps 300,000 academics a month answer the question 'who's researching what?' There are already 1,370 people on listing Women's Studies as their research interest. There is now a dedicated page on for the KnowHow Conference mailing list:




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