Meet the InHOR Project Team

In Her Own Right has received valuable contributions from many people throughout the course of the project. Here, we’d like to introduce the Project Team for the CLIR-funded phase; a cross-institution coalition who are thrilled to expand the content and capabilities of the InHOR database.

Margery Sly, Temple University Libraries, Principal Investigator

Margery is Director of Special Collections at Temple University Libraries.  Her commitment to women’s history grew during a ten-year stint at the Smith College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection, which held some of the national archives of the YWCA.  She is enthusiastic that the INHOR project is digitizing records from several Philadelphia YWCA branches, held by the Urban Archives, which move the narratives of women helping women forward in fascinating ways.


Margaret Graham, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, co-Principal Investigator

Margaret is Managing Archivist for the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, where she manages collections on the history of women in medicine and the history of homeopathic medicine. She is pleased that the papers of three 19th century medical school deans will come to light through this project: Ann Preston, Clara Marshall, and Rachel Bodley, who each made contributions to the advancement of women individually and collectively.


Laura Blanchard, Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)

Laura has provided management and administrative services to PACSCL since 1994. She is responsible for member communications, publicity, and social media; and serves as the public point-of-contact for PACSCL. Her “favorite” character from the collections is Helen Parrish–because her judgmental      nosey-parkerism shows the underbelly    of do-goodery in the settlement movement of the later nineteenth century. Laura can just imagine what Helen Parrish’s clients thought of her officious meddling.


Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, co-Principal Investigator

Celia is an Archivist at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. She has formerly worked at a number of other PACSCL institutions, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Celia is delighted that through the InHOR project, Swarthmore will at long last digitize its letters of Lucretia Mott, the prominent abolitionist and organizer of the Seneca Falls Convention. She is also delighted to be sharing the papers of the less renowned but equally intriguing Graceanna Lewis, a pioneering woman scientist of the 19th century who was active in the Underground Railroad and various social reform movements.


Caroline Hayden, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, co-Principal Investigator

Caroline is the Digital Services Manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where she oversees the digitization of the historical society’s special collections and historical data initiatives. She originates from Connecticut, where she became interested in archival collections and digital humanities. She previously worked in the DC area for the Chevy Chase Historical Society, the University of Maryland at College Park, and NPR. Among the many treasured collections being contributed to the In Her Own Right project, Caroline is looking forward to providing the Deborah Norris Logan diaries online in their entirety, and the Dora Kelly Lewis correspondence. Both collections provide fabulous historical documentation of the lives of women forging their own paths, during different periods of time.


Kathryn Antonelli, InHOR, Project Archivist

Kat is the current Project Archivist for the In Her Own Right project. She is also an archives assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her interest in women’s history was solidified when she participated in an effort to digitize and catalog part of the Archiving South Carolina Women project with the University of South Carolina. She is particularly eager to present the correspondence of M. Carey Thomas and Mary Garrett, a collection which reveals narratives of female relationships and feminist struggle. She is also excited for this large-scale project to bring forth known and unknown connections between Philadelphia-area women.



Do you have a favorite part of the InHOR collection? Let us know on Twitter using #HerOwnRight and don’t forget to check back for new materials being added throughout 2019.