Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture

Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture

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The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture in Duke's Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present. 

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Upcoming Events

Wikipedia Editathon: Women of Science and Philosophy
Tuesday, March 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library

Heralding the Way to a New World: Exploring Women in Science and Medicine through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
Exhibit on display in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery through May 20, 2016

Zine Machine Fest 2016
Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham, NC

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The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

Virginia Woolf's writing desk

The Rubenstein Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a significant collection documenting women’s work, broadly conceived, from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Carefully assembled over 45 years by noted bibliophile, activist and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection includes more than 8,600 rare books and thousands of manuscripts, journals, ephemera and artifacts. Among the works are many well-known monuments of women’s history and literature, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, scientists, artists and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than 500 years.

Image: Viriginia Woolf's Writing Desk, Painted by her nephew Quentin Bell, c. 1929. Photograph by Annie Schlechter.

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