Notable American Women (NAW) became a project affiliated with the Schlesinger Library last year. The project updates the biographical series long associated with the Schlesinger Library. Volume 5 will include women of note who died during the period 1976 through 1999. The staff is selecting 500 to 600 women from a pool of several thousand candidates. Prior to its official affiliation with the Library, NAW was a project of Radcliffe College with offices at the Library. In April 2000, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded NAW outright funds of $119,475 and matching funds of $135,000 over the next two years, beginning on July 1, 2000. This grant allows the project to move forward from its research phase to the editorial phase.
Susan Ware, former professor of history at New York University, is the editor of Volume 5. Dr. Ware has long been associated with the Library, beginning as an interviewer in the Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. She has authored several books, the most recent being Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century (1998). Assisting her are Stacy Braukman, assistant editor, and Deborah Levine, staff assistant.
A number of staff members of the Schlesinger Library attended sessions of the annual conference of the National Womens Studies Association held at Simmons College in June. Conference goers included Joanne Donovan, Katherine Kraft, Deborah Richards, and Susan von Salis.
The Schlesinger Library Film Series, sponsored in part by Clara Goldberg Schiffer, 32, will begin its second year on Wednesday, October 4, at 6 p.m. in the Library. The series will present a variety of feature films and documentaries on issues related to women. Each film will be followed by a brief discussion period following comments by an invited authority on the primary issue of the film. The intent of the series is to provide an accessible, educational program in a relaxed environment for a general audience. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The films are being shown monthly, October through May (except December and January) in the Powers Room. Space is limited.
The first film in the series is 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin. The film is about women office workers who take revenge on their sexist boss and improve the workplace at the same time. Library staff hopes to engage a former visiting scholar/labor economist to lead the discussion following the film.
The second film, scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, is Household Saints, an adaptation of Francine Proses (68) saga of three generations of Italian-American women. It stars Tracey Ullman, Lili Taylor, and Judith Malina. A member of the staff of Feeding Ourselves has been invited to facilitate the discussion.
Visit the Radcliffe News Calendar at www.radcliffe.edu/calendar/index.html or call the Library at (617) 495-8657 to receive mailings of updated information.
A New and Wonderful Invention The Nineteenth-Century American Trade Card
June 19 - November 25, 2000 Baker Library Lobby, Harvard Business School
Organized by the Historical Collections Department of Baker Library, this exhibition examines the genre of the advertising trade card and explores its development and use as one of the most popular forms of advertising in the nineteenth century. Brightly colored, with eye-catching illustrations on the front and promotional text on the back, the featured cards are among the 1000 trade cards being cataloged and scanned as part of Harvard University Library's Library Digital Initiative. For more information, visit http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/tcard.