2019 International Women's Day

March 7, 2019
Kimberly R. Kay
Josephine Baker

March 8, 2019 is International Women's Day, and Stanford Libraries would like to share some of our outstanding collections focusing on women! When I put out the call to our staff for collections that celebrate women, I was overwhelmed by the response. The subjects range from women who were integral to Stanford's history to feminist activists and writers to educators, artists, and pioneers in their fields. Here are just a few fantastic resources found at Stanford Libraries:

Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain (1898-1975)

Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain (1898-1975) was Haiti’s first black female anthropologist known for her work with the Creole language. This collection includes manuscripts, letters, notebooks, publications by Comhaire-Sylvain, maps of Haiti, and approximately 500 photographs taken during her research. Also included is material concerning her husband Jean Comhaire and her family. Her sisters were also very active feminists. Yvonne Sylvain (1907-1989) was the first female gynecologist and obstetrician of Haiti. Madeleine Sylvain Bouchereau (1905-1970) was one of the founders of the Feminine League for Social Action (Ligue Feminine d’Action Sociale) which fought for women’s legal rights such as education equality for married women and suffrage. She contributed to a feminist newspaper, which is also in the collection.

 

Women in Science

Women in Science - This topic guide covers resources and organizations about women in Science and Engineering.

Elsie Anderson

Elsie Anderson Photograph Collection - Miss Elsie Anderson spent seventeen years in China as a Secretary for Young Women's Christian Association of China (YWCA) 中華基督教女青年會 between 1920s-1940s. She went to China around 1918 and worked in YWCA organizations in various places, including Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shandong, Tianjin, etc. She was also involved with True Light Middle School in Guangzhou (真光女子中学). The private photography collection of Elsie Anderson was donated to the East Asia Library Special Collections by the relative of Miss Elsie Anderson in 2010. 

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!Women Art Revolution: Voices of a Movement - For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.

Cheryl D. Miller Archive

Cheryl D. Miller personal archive - Cheryl D. Miller is a graphic designer and racial, cultural, and gender equity advocate. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduated from Maryland College of Art, and earned her graduate degree in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. She founded her own company, Cheryl Miller Design, Inc., and has worked for non-profit organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, NAACP, Legal Defense Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the YWCA. Read a previous blog post regarding Cheryl Miller.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. Collection

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. Collection - Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections has recently accepted the donation of the archive of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004), hospice and palliative care pioneer, psychiatrist, and author of almost two dozen books, including On Death & Dying (1969), which developed the groundbreaking Five Stages of Grief theory. The decision to receive The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Archive acted upon widespread interest in her life’s work across Stanford University and took into account her immensely beneficial influence on society and medicine.

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Women's International League for Peace and FreedomThe Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Collection contains oral history interviews on audiocassettes and reel-to-reel tapes, transcripts (full and excerpts), photographs, and supplemental materials and related monographs. WILPF had its roots in the U. S. Women’s Peace party, and was founded in 1915 by 1300 women from neutral and warring nations who met in the Hague, Netherlands to try to negotiate the end of the war, send envoys from their group to nations at war and the U.S., and to urge peaceful resolution and ‘continuous mediation’ to avoid future conflicts. WILPF’s second congress met in Versailles in 1919 where the peace terms were negotiated, and the women’s congress made several long-term resolutions for disarmament, gender equality, and for a world body to negotiate peaceful settlement of conflicts (although WILPF was critical of the League of Nations). President Wilson used many of their proposals in his 14 Point Peace Plan. Read a previous blog post about this collection.

 Jane Lathrop StanfordAssociates Board, Clayman Institute for Gender Research.Stanford University, Chicana/o Studies, Feminicide conference, 2007Women's basketball. 1991.

Women @ Stanford is an exhibit that documents the history of women at Stanford. Included are collections of various administrators, faculty members, and research centers, as well as materials documenting students and student life, athletics, and activism. Pictured above are photos from: Jane Lathrop Stanford papers, 1860-1975Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research records, 1973-2004; Stanford University, Chicana/o Studies, Feminicide conference, 2007; and Stanford University, Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Media Relations, records, 1930-2008 (inclusive), 1972-1999 (bulk).

Asawa portrait, 1955.
 

Ruth Asawa papers, 1926-2014, bulk 1939-2012 - The papers of Japanese American artist and educator Ruth Asawa document her art and commissions as well her involvement in arts education, civic art, and art administration. The collection contains correspondence, notes, memoranda, portfolios, exhibition notices and other publicity, articles and publications, design sketches and plans, photographs, and audiovisual media. Read two previous blog posts about Ruth Asawa here and here.

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Cherríe Moraga papers, circa 1981-2016 - The Cherríe Moraga Papers document the life work of an important lesbian Chicana poet, essayist, and playwright of the 20th century. The papers include Moraga's personal and professional correspondence, journals, collected Feminist and Women of Color serials, drafts, manuscripts and galleys, and final publications of her writings, as well as important essays and reviews of her work.

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The Women's Philharmonic Collection - From 1981 to 2004, The Women's Philharmonic was a San Francisco-based professional orchestra dedicated to the promotion of women composers, conductors, and performers. The collection contains 1,250 cassette and DAT recordings, over 40 reel-to-reel tapes, 95 video recordings, and CDs of The Women's Philharmonic concerts, New Music Reading Sessions and pre-concert talks, along with approximately 30 LP recordings of works by women.

Crowds in Washington, DC Stanford University News Service

Stanford Historical Society has two fascinating oral history collections. The Stanford Community Women’s March Oral History Project captures the testimonies of members of the Stanford community who attended the Women’s March on Washington or any of the companion marches held around the world on January 21, 2017. A historically significant event, the 2017 women’s marches are considered to have been the largest day of protest in United States history. Pioneering Women captures oral histories and video-taped panel conversations with trailblazing women on the Stanford faculty and staff.

 a judge grows in the Bronx  An Encyclopedia

Cubberley Education Library has a guide that lists children's books and young adult literature about women as well as a guide for those researching gender in education.

Carolee Schneemann papers, circa 1954-2012 - The papers of Carolee Schneemann chronicle in detail her work as an artist, film maker, writer, art historian, feminist, and teacher, focusing on her more recent projects (1990s-2000s). 

Feminism and contemporary art - This guide is designed to provide an introduction to the literature of feminism as it interesects with contemporary art.

Offen Family Fund for Continental European Women's History - The first 2 titles of this collection (Debating the woman question in the French Third Republic, 1870-1920 & The woman question in France, 1400-1870) are Karen Offen's recently published groundbreaking books on the history of French Feminism. Her papers are also in the collection. 

Laura Bassi and the Bassi-Veratti Collection - Laura Bassi (1711-1778) was one of the most important and visible scientific women in eighteenth-century Europe and played a significant role in the spread of Newtonian experimental physics through her teaching, research, and correspondence.

United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, papers 1992-2001 - This NGO Forum on Women took place just northeast of Beijing, August 30-September 8, 1995. The materials are mostly ephemeral in nature and follow the themes of the conference. There are journals, pamphlets, press kits, conference papers and notes and was created by seven different women who attended the conference and then donated their materials to Stanford Special Collections. 

Elizabeth "Betita" Sutherland Martínez papers, 1958-2009 - Correspondence, articles, journals, memos, minutes, fliers, hand-written notes, pamphlets. Topics include Chicano history, culture, education, Chicano Indian relations, journalism, and movements for social justice.

Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo papers, 1963-1983 - Anthropologist (also Stanford Faculty) Well known for the book : Woman, culture, and society.

Ester M. Hernandez collection, circa 1960-2000 - Includes correspondence, contracts, exhibition brochures and catalogues, newspaper and journal articles and reviews, books, original manuscript stories, interviews (both of the artist and of other artists, writers, and performers conducted by Hernandez), slides, photographs and negatives, works of art (prints, posters, drawings, pastels) by the artist and other artists, videos, audio tapes, cd's and albums, and costumes and accessories.

Denise Levertov papers, circa 1918-1996 - American poet. Born in England of Welsh and Russian parents, she emigrated to the United States with her husband, Mitchell Goodman, in 1948, becoming an American citizen in 1955. 

Eugene Lerner collection of Josephine Baker materials, 1926-2001 - African American Paris stage performer noted for her comic, yet sensual, dance routines. While she took Europe by storm, racism in her native United States prevented her from being wholly accepted until 1973, just two years before her death. The material was collected by Gene Lerner. Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, and publications.

Global Fund for Women records, 1964-2014 - Files from Anne Firth Murray's tenure as Founding President of the Global Fund for Women (1987-1996). Included are chronological files from Firth and other administrators, correspondence, clippings and articles, press releases and other promotional materials, and meeting and event files.

Expanding engineering limits - culture, diversity, and gender - This guide supports the Stanford University course, "Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender" (ENGR/FEMGEN 311). It serves as a starting point for research on how engineers use theories of intersectionality, design thinking, and workflows to cultivate inclusive, flexible work cultures that produce sustainable and ethical solutions to engineering problems.

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And finally, Stanford Press has two recent books that fit right in with International Women's Day: After the Rise and Stall of American Feminism: Taking Back a Revolution by Lynn S. Chancer and Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran by Negar Mottahedeh

Happy International Women's Day!

 

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