February 2015

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

Amistad Research Center: (New Orleans, LA)
"Art in Service to her People: Celebrating Elizabeth Catlett"
January 6-April 24, 2015

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, the Amistad Research Center highlights the personal papers of the artist, as well as many of her works of art from Amistad's fine arts collection. This exhibition includes numerous photographs of Catlett at work, letters with fellow artists, sketchbooks, exhibition catalogs, and more--all of which document Catlett's career and influence in twentieth century American art. An American living in Mexico in the early 1970s, Catlett proved a strong supporter of Angela Davis, See her silkscreen multi-image of Davis at There are also two Catlett letters to Davis in the accompanying document archive.

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Call for Papers: Women's History in the Digital World 2015

Women's History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22.

This conference will bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women's and gender studies. Continuing a conversation begun at our inaugural meeting in 2013, the conference will feature the work of librarians and archivists, faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the development of women's and gender histories within digital scholarship.

Society of American Archivists:
Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable Guide to Sources in North America

This is the first formal and comprehensive guide to primary source material relating to the history and culture of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LBGT) people held by repositories in North America.

University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

Announcing a new pictorial digital women's history collection by Phyllis Holman Weisbard, Women's Studies Librarian Emerita, University of Wisconsin,

I am pleased to announce the availability of a wonderful online collection of photographs of women's everyday possessions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, plus numerous digitized texts (magazines, books, postcards, posters, and more) concerning women during that period. The fully searchable and browsable online collection homepage is accessible at

The objects and printed works themselves were amassed by Dovie Horvitz, an Illinois-based collector who hopes to find an institutional home for the entire collection some day--perhaps the presence of the photographs and digitized works will spark that interest. If you know of an institution that would be interested in acquiring the collection as a whole, please contact Ms. Horvitz directly on We have already checked with the proposed (U.S.) National Women's History Museum, but they are not yet ready to discuss potential collections.

Objects in the collection include clothing (dresses, hosiery, bustles, garters, swimwear, undergarments, aprons, and more), accessories such as shoes and boots, hats, gloves, purses, fans, handkerchiefs, furs, and parasols; menstrual and other health products; cosmetic and grooming kits, powders, and related make-up items; dresser sets (combs and brushes); curling irons and other hair care devices; perfumes; boudoir pillow covers; eye glasses; and exercise equipment. The printed matter includes numerous women's magazines, Sunday supplement illustrations, sheet music about women, suffrage postcards, World War I and II posters, photographs of teen parties, and pamphlets about sex, health, and menstruation. Page after page of ad-filled women's magazines, as well as packaging elements such as hairnet envelopes, hosiery, handkerchief and hat boxes, constitute an important part of the collection. Most of the material is American in origin.

Please pass this message along to others at your institution. An article about the collection is at

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