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National History Day 2022-2023: Frontiers in History

Women's Education, Educators, and Librarians

In the 20th Century, opportunities for women in education changed drastically. From education at colleges for women to the introduction of co-education, resources available at the Schlesinger Library on the topic of education encompass many challenges and triumphs. Researchers interested in this topic are also encouraged to explore the Schlesinger Library research guides for Education and Archivists and Librarians.

Below, you will find archival material, books, and journals and newsletters covering the topic of education. Materials that have been digitized and are available for remote access are listed first for each category, and materials that must be accessed in-person are listed second.

Further material on the topic can be found by searching HOLLIS, Harvard's online library catalog, for "education," "women's education," "women's colleges," "coeducation," "educators," "teachers," "professors," and "librarians."

Archival Collections - Online

Researchers interested in the topic of education or women's colleges will find a wide range of digitized materials available through the research guide for the Radcliffe College Archives Digital Collections.

Archival Collections - In-Person

Published Materials

The library's published material collections are a rich source of information. Below, you'll find a sampling of books available to researchers online and researchers able to visit the library in-person, but a much larger selection is available through HOLLIS, Harvard University's catalog. To find material available at the Schlesinger Library, use the "Advanced Search" feature and limit your search to "Library Catalog. Choose "Schlesinger" from the "Scope" drop-down menu. Finally, select "Books" or "Journals" from the "Resource Type" drop-down menu. This search results list for the keyword "women's education" serves as an example of the breadth of books available in the Schlesinger Library's collection.

Please note that some materials labeled as available "Online" in the library catalog may require HarvardKey access for remote access. During an in-person visit, you can access those materials on the Library's public computers.

Journals and Newsletters - Online

Journals and Newsletters - In-Person