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Recent Scholarship

Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism by Tamar W. Carroll
(University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

"Examining three interconnected case studies, Tamar Carroll powerfully demonstrates the ability of grassroots community activism to bridge racial and cultural differences and effect social change. Drawing on a rich array of oral histories, archival records, newspapers, films, and photographs from post–World War II New York City, Carroll shows how poor people transformed the antipoverty organization Mobilization for Youth and shaped the subsequent War on Poverty."   Read more.

Tamar Carroll was a Grierson Scholar in 2004-2005. She also donoted her oral history interviews for this project to the SSC.

Mobilizing New York - book cover

Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War
by Marilyn S. Greenwald
(University of Nebraska Press, 2015)

"...the biography of the life and career of the first woman to become a network news correspondent. After no less an authority than Edward R. Murrow told her there was no place for her in broadcasting, Pauline Frederick (1908–90) cracked the good old boys’ club through determination and years of hard work, eventually becoming a trusted voice to millions of television viewers.   Read more.

Pauline Frederick Reporting book cover

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014)

"A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism."

"Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history."   Read more.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman book cover

American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975-1990: The Challenge of Peace
by Kyle Harvey (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

"...a history of a series of anti-nuclear campaigns that took place in the United States in later years of the Cold War. Looking at national peace organizations alongside lesser-known protest collectives, it argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered familiar challenges common to other social movements of the late twentieth century."   Read more.

Kyle Harvey was a travel grant recipeint, 2008-2009.

American Anti-Nuclear Activism book cover

The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898
by Lisa Tetrault
(University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

"The story of how the women's rights movement began at the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 is a cherished American myth." Winner of the 2015 Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize, Organization of American Historians.   Read more.

Lisa Tetrault received a travel grant in our grants program's inaugural year, 1999-2000.

The Myth of Seneca Falls - book cover

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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