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“There is No Such Thing as Bad Publicity” – Controversies at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania

From 1867-1972, the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) compiled newspaper clippings scrapbooks, which covered topics relevant to the College, its Hospital (established in 1904), and women in medicine. The Drexel College of Medicine Legacy Center holds 27 of these scrapbook volumes; the first 8 volumes (1867-1920) are digitized for the In Her Own Right website. These scrapbooks uniquely capture the conflicting opinions on women in the medical profession.

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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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Dora Kelly Lewis: Philadelphia’s Voice in the Suffrage Movement

As the country commemorates the centenary of the Nineteenth Amendment, the In Her Own Right Project is highlighting collections related to women’s rights and the long struggle for women’s suffrage. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is home to the correspondence of Dora Kelly Lewis, a prominent Philadelphian and central figure of the suffrage movement.
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Lucretia Mott: 19th Century Foodie

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.
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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”

Taking “In Her Own Right” to Social Studies Teachers

By Caroline Hayden

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.

Images of Lucretia Mott (Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College); page from the friendship album of Amy Matilda Cassey (Library Company of Philadelphia); Caroline Katzenstein (Historical Society of Pennsylvania); Emily Greene Balch (Peace Collection, Swarthmore College)
Left to right: Lucretia Mott (Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College); page from the friendship album of Amy Matilda Cassey (Library Company of Philadelphia); Caroline Katzenstein (Historical Society of Pennsylvania); Emily Greene Balch (Peace Collection, Swarthmore College)

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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!

Deborah Norris Logan: Historian, Diarist, Republican

Happy Women’s History Month! We’re kicking off the celebration with this in-depth guest post introducing us to Deborah Norris Logan, an early American historian and prolific diarist. After reading, take a closer look at her diaries in the In Her Own Right database or the HSP catalog, and pay a visit to the museum in her beloved home, Stenton mansion, located in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia. Continue reading “Deborah Norris Logan: Historian, Diarist, Republican”