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Recent Scholarship

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

"Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: intoxicating and intoxicated, selfish and shameless, seductive and brilliant, endearing and often terribly troubled. In New York, Louisville, and London, she drove both men and women wild with desire, and her youth blazed with sex...." (read more)

For her research Emily Bingham used sources in the Mina Curtiss Papers and other collections.

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Songs of Sorrow: Lucy McKim Garrison & Slave Songs of the United States, by Sam Charters (University Press of Mississippi, 2015)

"The untold story behind the creation of the classic songbook "Slave Songs of the United States...In the spring of 1862, Lucy McKim, the nineteen-year-old daughter of a Philadelphia abolitionist Quaker family, traveled with her father to the Sea Islands of South Carolina to aid him in his efforts to organize humanitarian aid for thousands of newly freed slaves. During her stay she heard the singing of the slaves in their churches, as they rowed their boats from island to island, and as they worked and played. Already a skilled musician, she determined to preserve as much of the music as she could, quickly writing down words and melodies, some of them only fleeting improvisations." (Read more).

Sam Charters' research was based on sources in the Garrison Family Papers.

Marie Munk (1885-1978): Leben und Werk, by Oda Cordes (Böhlau: Diss. Univ. Hannover 2014) (German)

"German-born Marie Munk was one of the most influential personalities of the German feminist movement and, as an êmigrê in the United States, played an important role in the development of German and American law after World War II...." (read more).

Oda Cordes was a Grierson Fellow recipient, 2006-07. Her biographical work, Marie Munk: Her Life and Work is based on research in the Marie Munk Papers and includes many of Munk's writings.

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More than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement, by Jennifer Nelson (NYU Press, 2015)

"In More Than Medicine, Jennifer Nelson reveals how feminists of the '60s and '70s applied the lessons of the new left and civil rights movements to generate a women’s health movement...." (read more)

Jennifer Nelson was a travel funds recipient in 2005-06 and 2009-10. Her research sources included the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, Loretta Ross Papers, in addition to other collections.

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Kay Boyle: A Twentieth Century Life in Letters, edited by Sandra Spanier (U of Illinois Press, 2015)

Based in part on sources in the Lola Ridge Papers in the SSC, "[t]he letters in this first-of-its-kind collection, authorized by Boyle herself, bear witness to a transformative era illuminated by genius and darkened by Nazism and the Red Scare. Yet they also serve as milestones on the journey of a woman who possessed a gift for intense and enduring friendship, a passion for social justice, and an artistic brilliance that earned her inclusion among the celebrated figures in her ever-expanding orbit." (read more)

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Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, by Therese Svoboda (Schaffner Press, 2016)

"The first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time This is a rich and detailed account of the life and world of Lola Ridge, poet, artist, editor, and activist for the cause of women's rights, workers' rights, racial equality and social reform...." (read more)

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Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and Rise of the Modern Single Women by Brooke Hauser (HarperCollins, 2016)

Author, journalist and Smith lecturer Brooke Hauser conducted extensive research in the Helen Gurley Brown Papers and the SSC's collection of Cosmopolitan magazines for her forthcoming book on Brown, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sex and the Single Girl and pioneering editor-in-chief of "Cosmo" from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Hauser’s book, coming out April 2016, also draws on interviews with Brown’s friends and colleagues (read more)

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Wendy Kline has published the article "Communicating a New Consciousness: Countercultural Print and the Home Birth Movement in the 1970s," in Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 89, Number 3, Fall 2015, pp. 527-556

Wendy Kline received two travel grants from the SSC and was a Grierson Fellow in 2004-2005. For this article she used sources in the Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth and Parenting Records in the SSC. Her forthcoming book on the same topic is entitled Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America. Based on interviews and archival records of midwives, doctors, and health organizations, the book will be the first in-depth, historical analysis of the home birth movement in the U.S.

Funded Scholars, 2015-16

Fellowship recipients receive awards intended to support research visits of four to six weeks, and give a work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency. Travel-to-Collections awards offset expenses for shorter visits.
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Grierson Fellowship

Faron Levesque, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Secret History of School: Alternative Academies, Revolutionary Imagination and Educational Activism in 20th Century North America"

Bain Fellowship

Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter
"Pax Economica: The Global Struggle for Free Trade and Peace, 1896-1946"

Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowship

Meaghan Beadle, University of Virginia
"This Is What a Feminist Looks Like! Photography and Feminism, 1968-1980"

Travel-to-Collections recipients, 2015-16

Diana Anselmo-Sequeira, University of California-Irvine
"Paper Voices: A History of Female Adolescence Told by Girls Own Scrapbooks, Letters, and Diaries (1890-1920)"

Jacqueline D. Antonovich, University of Michigan
"Doctoring the Land: Women Physicians, the Politics of Health, and the Geography of Medicine in the American West"

Hanne Blank, Emory University
"Southern Women, Feminist Health: Activist Health Service and Feminist Communities of Radical Conscience in the Southeastern U.S., 1968-1989"

Tina Anne Irvine, University of Pennsylvania
"Americanizing Appalachia, 1900-1939"

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Columbia University
"Dressed for Freedom: American Feminism and the Politics of Women's Fashion"
(Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality)

Andrea L. Turpin, Baylor University
"Compromising Situations: Fundamentalism and Modernism in the Young Women's Christian Association"

Jessica R. Waggoner, Indiana University
"Crip Modernisms: Unspectacular Disability in the 1930s and 40s"

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