In Her Own Right is seeking “Hidden Voices”!

In Her Own Right has been working hard to bring to light stories of women fighting for their rights and the rights of others, but we know can do better–and we need your help! Our collections as they currently stand focus primarily on the perspectives of women who are white and middle or upper class. In order to work towards a more complete record of activist women from 1820-1920, In Her Own Right is searching for “hidden voices”. This NEH-funded portion of our project involves seeking out additional Philadelphia-area collections from beyond the PACSCL sphere that document underrepresented or marginalized populations. In some cases, such records are embedded among the personal papers of men, or the papers of organizations whose connections to these women are not readily apparent. Continue reading “In Her Own Right is seeking “Hidden Voices”!”

Happy Native American Heritage Month!

As we close out the month of November, In Her Own Right would like to highlight some of the brilliant Native American women who became doctors through the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte and Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill. After reading, search for “Womens Medical College of Pennsylvania” on our database site to learn more about the college and the women who attended.

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Halloween Edition: Seances and Suffrage

In honor of Halloween, this week’s post takes a look at Spiritualism, a mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century movement that aimed to establish communication between the living and the dead through spirit mediums.

Don’t forget to join us at the Free Library tonight to learn more about In Her Own Right and the suffrage movement!

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In Her Own Right at SAA!

On August 6th, 2019, In Her Own Right conducted a working group at the Society of American Archivists annual conference, this year held in Austin, TX. The purpose of the working group was to tease out the many issues involved in documenting women’s history outside mainstream archives, and to attempt to identify best practices for engaging with non-archival communities, their stewards (archivist or layperson), and their records. The resulting conclusions will inform the work of the project as it expands its reach in the NEH phase.

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Labor Day Special: Philadelphia’s Shirtwaist Strike of 1909-1910

Happy Labor Day! Most people are familiar with the Uprising of 20,000 and the tragic New York Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Did you know that Philadelphia had a similar fire that led to one of the first massive uprisings of women in the United States?

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One Hundred Years Later: Remembering the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in Pennsylvania

post by Jessica Markey Locklear, Graduate Assistant at Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center

One hundred years ago on this day in history, the state of Pennsylvania voted to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the constitution stating that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Heavily influenced by Quaker ideologies, Pennsylvania has a historical reputation of being a front runner in advocating for national progressive social reform. What originally began as ecumenical campaigns against slavery in the early nineteenth century eventually evolved into a seventy year struggle for the woman’s right to vote. Continue reading “One Hundred Years Later: Remembering the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in Pennsylvania”

Announcement: NEH Implementation Grant Awarded to In Her Own Right!

The project team for In Her Own Right is proud to announce that we have been awarded a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program implementation grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). This upcoming NEH-funded phase of the project, scheduled to run from May 2019 through April 2021, will result in the digitization of another 48,000 pages of manuscript and archival material from the collections of twelve Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) members and two additional repositories. It will make possible a site redesign for the project database website (originally created during our pilot stage with funding from an earlier NEH planning grant), including enhancements such as new online exhibits, contextual essays, and data analysis tools. Importantly, it will also provide resources for an exploration of additional repositories in order to reveal and digitize hidden collections specifically representing the activist efforts of marginalized women.

See the announcement on the PACSCL website for further details and to hear what the principal investigators on the project have to say about the news. We’re thrilled to be able to bring more content and better representation to In Her Own Right!

New Data for the New Year!


The In Her Own Right project database, hosted at, is proud to present the fruits of our first harvest to the public. Our record count is now over 1000, but rest assured the focus is on quality over quantity. The new data includes photographs, letters, diaries, school records, and much more. Read a bit about each new collection below, and stay tuned–a website redesign is in our future!

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