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in Duke's Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present.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

The Naked Truth: Jean Kilbourne on Advertising’s Image of Women
Thursday, September 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, 153 Rubenstein Library

A Conversation with Marriage Equality Activist, Jim Obergefell
Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, 153 Rubenstein Library

Uncovering Women’s History at Duke: A Scholars' Brownbag with Hayley Farless and Elizabeth George
Thursday, October 27, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Carpenter Board Room, 249 Rubenstein Library

The Common Ground We Meet Upon: Music Exhibit 
Documents from the history of women's music activism on display through November 1
Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room

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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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