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Conservation Initiative: The Schlesinger's Woman's Rights Collection

Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library has received a grant from the Anne S. Richardson Trust for the conservation and repair of books in the Woman's Rights Collection (WRC). The WRC, which was assembled in the 1940s and 1950s to accompany Maud Wood Park's suffrage papers, consists of classic works on American feminism. Along with associated papers, the collection forms the nucleus of the Women's Archives, which is now the Schlesinger Library.

During early months of 2000, staff from the Weissman Preservation Center surveyed the WRC and identified approximately 350 volumes in need of expeditious treatment. With support from the Anne S. Richardson Trust, bookbinder and conservator Martha Kearsley has begun the task of repairing and conserving deteriorating volumes. Kearsley, who holds a certificate in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, is familiar to Harvard librarians for her work in conserving architectural plans and drawings of H. H. Richardson, and for other, more recent projects.

Additional support for the conservation of the Woman's Rights Collection will come from the Dunn Fund, created in January 2001 by friends and colleagues of Mary Maples Dunn, former director of the Schlesinger Library. Dunn served as interim president of Radcliffe College and acting dean of the Radcliffe Institute prior to the appointment of Drew Gilpin Faust as the Institute's dean.

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