Friday, April 8, 2011

New Digital Collection: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers

The Schlesinger Library is the primary repository for the papers of early 20th-century American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935). To celebrate the sesquicentennial of Gilman's birth, the Schlesinger Library has digitized Gilman's papers, with the generous help of the Cynthia Green Colin Fund.

In September 2010, the Nation named Gilman among the “Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century,” taking note of her arguments that women would be emancipated only when they were economically independent and that housekeeping and child care should be professionalized. Known around the world during her lifetime as a public intellectual, author of the best-selling Women and Economics (1898), and a major influence on the women’s movement, today Gilman is known primarily for The Yellow Wallpaper, an autobiographical short story about a woman’s nervous breakdown.

To learn more about Gilman's life and to access her diaries, letters, writings, and drawings, consult the online finding aid


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