September 2013

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


Perspectives on Women's Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher with Anke Voss. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013, 488 pp.

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In Perspectives on Women's Archives, eighteen essays written by noted archivists and historians illustrate the origins of a women-centered history, the urgent need to locate records that highlight the diverse experiences of women, and the effort to document women's experiences. The essays also expose the need for renewed collaboration between archivists and historians, the challenges related to the accessibility of women's collections, and the development of community archives.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

The Library recently announced the launch of a new Blackwell Family digitization project supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The $150,000 grant funds a two-year project to digitize five Blackwell Family collections, which span from 1784 to 1981 and detail the activities of members of the Blackwell family, who were leaders in abolition, prohibition, health care, women's suffrage, and education.

The grant enables the Schlesinger Library to digitize nearly 190,000 pages of the Blackwell Family collection, featuring correspondence, diaries, financial records, photographs, drawings, writings, and other papers of four generations of the U.S. branch of the family, assembled by George Washington Blackwell and his descendants.

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute will invest an additional $150,000 to meet the cost of the project, "Those Extraordinary Blackwells: Leaders of Social Reform in 19th and 20th Century America." The scheduled completion of the digitization project is June 2015.

Women's Archives Symposium, Newcomb College Archives, Newcomb Institute (New Orleans, LA)

The Newcomb Archives hosted a Women's Archives Symposium in tandem with the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in New Orleans in August. The presentations included the topics of separatism, the impact of technology—born digital, digital humanities, digital initiatives and social media, and documenting diverse communities. Speakers included Kären Mason (Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa), Beth Myers (Reuther Library, Wayne State University); Leslie Fields (Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College); Danelle Moon (Special Collections, San Jose State); Kelly Wooten (Sallie Bingham Center, Duke University); Courtney Dean, Stacy Wood, and Angel Diaz (June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA); and Natalia Fernández (Oregon State University Libraries).

In addition, Lori Birrell, Manuscript Librarian at the University of Rochester blogged about the symposium:

And the following presentation, "The Oregon Multicultural Archives: Documenting Diverse Communities through Digital Stewardship and Archival Education" (Natalia Fernandez) is available online:

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