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Duke's Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present. 

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Mary Lily Research Grants

The Sallie Bingham Center provides research travel grants of up to $1,000 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the women's history collections held at Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Applications for the 2016-17 cycle are due January 29, 2016More details

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From the Underground to the Archive in Ten Years: Girl Zines, Feminist Networks, and the Politics of Memory with Dr. Janice Radway
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, 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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