Participating Archives and Libraries
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is a research library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. The material at the Schlesinger Library documents the lives and endeavours of women of the past and present, and furthers the Radcliffe Institute's commitment to women, gender and society. With the finest collection of resources for research on the history of women in America, the library's holdings are strong in:
- Women's rights and feminism
- Health and sexuality
- Work and family life
- Education and the professions
- Culinary history and etiquette
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The Wren Library at Trinity College contains all of the manuscripts and printed books collected by the college library before 1820, together with various special collections donated over the last 180 years. Among the collections housed in the Wren are 1,250 medieval manuscripts; the Capell collection of early Shakespeare editions; many books from Sir Isaac Newton's own library; the Rothschild collection of eighteenth-century English literature; and A.A. Milne's manuscripts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
The library also contains growing collections of nineteenth and twentieth century papers, housed not in the Wren but in a purpose built underground archive, including Wittgenstein's notebooks, the papers of R.A. Butler (Conservative politician and Master of Trinity, 1965-1978), the papers of D.H. Robertson and Piero Sraff (economists), and many others.
The collection is enhanced with Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology to enable full-text searching of the manuscript material.
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The importance of collecting rare and special books for use as unique research tools has been recognized by the Michigan State University Libraries since its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Honouring this commitment, Special Collections was formally established in 1962 with the charge to house special materials, as well as to build, preserve and make accessible important research collections for educational use.
Today, Special Collections holds over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera supporting research in popular culture, radicalism, comic art and gender. Notable rare book collections include early veterinary medicine, eighteenth-century British history and culture, modern American literature, cookery and natural history. The Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection is one of the largest collections of its
kind in the world while the Radicalism Collection features extensive holdings on a wide range of political, social and economic viewpoints.
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Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.
Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society.
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Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr was the first women’s college to offer graduate education through the Ph.D., a signal of its founders’ refusal to accept the limitations imposed on women’s intellectual achievement at other institutions.
Bryn Mawr College Special Collections manages extensive collections of art, artefacts, rare books, manuscripts and photographs, as well as the historical records of the College.
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The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.
The library became part of the University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands' memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.
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The Mary Evans Picture Library was founded in 1964 by Mary Evans and her husband Hilary. Mary and Hilary were avid collectors of old books, pictures and ephemera covering a wide range of subjects, and founded the library to make the collection available to all. The library’s core philosophy has remained unchanged for over 50 years: to make all the wonderful images from the collection which were originally published in books, on posters, in advertisements, or as prints, available and accessible to the public.
Today the Mary Evans Picture Library licenses images for commercial use in books, newspapers, magazines, adverts, websites and other types of media.
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Glenbow has been a key cultural cornerstone in Calgary since 1966. Glenbow’s collection represents Western Canadian art and culture, both as a repository of important cultural history and as a living record of contemporary life. This collection includes over a million objects, documents, photographs and artworks, and makes Glenbow one of the largest museums in western Canada.
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The University of Melbourne is an Australian public research university located in Melbourne, Victoria. Their University Library is one of the busiest in Australia and holds more than 3.5 million items in its general collections. These holdings include book materials, DVDs, photographic slides, music scores, periodicals and even children's toys.
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