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Duke's Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present. 

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Sharing Our Stories:  The Second Wave Feminist Movement
Hosted by Veteran Feminists of America (VFA)
Friday, March 31, 2017
Hilton Durham Hotel (Registration required)

Kate Zambreno: Book of Mutter
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Pink Parlor, East Duke Building

Re-Imagining: Revisited and Revived
April 18-19, 2017
Program will feature historian Dr. Sara M. Evans, and feminist theologian Dr. Sherry Jordon


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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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