When I was hired to digitize collections for PACSCL’s In Her Own Right project, I was most excited to work with the Lucretia Mott papers. Mott (1793-1880) was a Quaker minister, abolitionist, social reformer, and one of the igniters of the women’s rights movement, and I was eager to learn more about her. One thing I did not expect was for Lucretia Mott to make me hungry. Though she was a tiny woman, she certainly enjoyed a good meal, and she often included the details of the fare she served or was served in her correspondence. She also touted her cooking skills, which her granddaughter Anna Davis Hallowell confirmed were excellent in the biography she wrote of her grandparents. Continue reading “Lucretia Mott: 19th Century Foodie”
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”
Earlier this spring, In Her Own Right (InHOR) presented at the 116th Annual Conference of Middle States Council for the Social Studies in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Together with Mariam Williams from our sister project, “Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance,” I spoke to Social Studies educators from high schools and the higher education field about the resources that can be accessed through both PACSCL projects. The conference turnout was high even with the inclement weather, and there were many opportunities for great conversation about teaching the history of women’s rights activism and resistance movements, using archival collections.
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!
Popular narratives of the Civil War often suggest that white Northerners saved otherwise helpless African Americans from slavery. However, such portrayals are far from accurate; African Americans played a major role in the war effort and in advocating for emancipation. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, today we discuss “contrabands,” African American refugees who contributed to both developments.
The In Her Own Right project database, hosted at inherownright.org, 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!
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.