Speaker spotlight: Jennifer Gotwals

Queer collecting at the Schlesinger Library

“The Schlesinger Library has rich holdings of US lesbians: papers of activists, musicians, poets, ministers, teachers; records of publishing collectives, motorcycle clubs, magazines, advocacy groups, and health organizations. We are actively collecting trans* materials and exploring ways to make more materials about sexuality available online. How do we build on our long experience as collectors of women’s history as the gender binary crumbles?”

Jenny Gotwals

Jenny Gotwals is a lead archivist at the Schlesinger Library. Before joining the Library in 2007, she worked at the New-York Historical Society and the Woody Guthrie Archives. She is an active organizer of Wikipedia editathons focused on women.

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society. The Library holds the papers of suffrage activists, writers and poets, pioneering feminists, and everyday women. It also collects records of women’s rights groups, as well as books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials.

Website: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library

Jenny will be part of the “This Moment of Collecting in the USA: Identifying and Addressing Gaps in the Archives” roundtable on day 3 of the conference

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