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New exhibit exploring Victorian women’s history now open

Victorian women weren’t allowed to vote, and in fact, they were often discouraged from attending public meetings, so they had to find creative ways to influence public policy and advance social causes. One method was organizing a charity bazaar, or “fancy fair,” which sold handicrafts and other items to raise money for a popular cause …

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Women’s Book History for Women’s History Month

If you visit the “Curious Remedies” exhibit this month, be on the lookout for a small, nondescript book of medicine by Nicholas Culpeper. This item was published in 1684 by Hannah Sawbridge. Hannah was the widow of George Sawbridge, one of the most successful London printers and booksellers of the 17th century. Sawbridge’s firm printed …

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Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press

In honor of International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the work of a Victorian woman printer, Emily Faithfull, and her imprint, the Victoria Press. Faithfull was a member of the Society for the Promotion of the Employment of Women, a mid-Victorian social organization which hoped to improve working conditions and employment opportunities for women. …

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Victorian Book of the Month: “Angel in the House” Edition

March is Women’s History Month, so this month’s post looks at Victorian notions of women’s education and domesticity. The Women of England, their Social Duties and Domestic Habits was an influential conduct book for women published early in the Victorian period (1839). The author, Sarah Stickney Ellis, was the wife of a Congregationalist minister and …

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New Primary Source Databases

The HBLL has recently acquired several databases with primary source content related to British and world history. The database links are live and discoverable on the library’s A-Z database list, and they complement Special Collection holdings: Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History Contains hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from …

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Women in Early Modern Science

In conjunction with the Special Collections exhibit “The Art of Nature: Natural History in the 17th Century,” a new small exhibit entitled “Partners in Science” is now in display in the Special Collections reference room. This exhibit was curated by Special Collections intern Rebecca Strein. Stop by and learn about women’s involvement in the sciences …

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