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Women’s history in western new york


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Discover the women of the western New York region who have had an impact on local, state and, national history.

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Women’s history in western new york

  1. 1. Women’s Histor yin Wester n NewYor kHeidi BamfordDHP Regional ArchivistMarch 16, 2010
  2. 2. Why Women’s History?  To honor and remember past struggles and accomplishments  To preserve the memories of the past as guides into the future….
  3. 3. Role Models and Agents of Change… Lois Gibbs Kit Kline Mary Talbert Jennie Louise Blanchard Bethune
  4. 4. Ordinary andEveryday…. Rosie the Riveter National Park (CA
  5. 5. The Writing ofHistory… …is an ongoing and selective process …is socially and culturally time-dependent  The past “selects” certain documentation  Survival of some records, not others  Personal interests also “select” topics  Women’s history became a topic of interest in the 1980s Uncrowned Queens Madeline Davis LGBT Archives of WNY
  6. 6. Finding Voices and Images of the Past Historical records are found in many places  Museums  Libraries  Historical societies  Businesses Butler Library, BSC  Professional associations  Community organizations  Your home! AKAG
  7. 7. Starting at the Top: The Short List Encyclopedia Britannica – 300 Women Who Changed the World Library of Congress: 7 collections PBS (Not For Ourselves Alone) American Womens History Research: A Guide Womens Studies Section, Association of College & Resear Harvard Online Collections
  8. 8. Local Women in History with National Recognition  Zonta International  National Womens Hall oLucille Ball Marian deForest  Prologue: Belva Lockwood  NHPRC Belva Lockwood
  9. 9. Anna Katherine Green While some women AKG bio and their accomplishments are well documented. …… Lucille Clifton fury for mama remember this. she is standing by the furnace . the coals glisten like rubies. her hand is crying.…
  10. 10. And others are known for who they were…. National First Ladies Library Genesee Valley History
  11. 11. Documentation about other women is harder to locate…. Edith Flanigen: Women in TransportationMaria M. Love Love & the Fitch Creche
  12. 12. Local Reformers GoneSouth!  Harriet Bedell: Grew up in Buffalo, NY and became a missionary, first in Oklahoma, then Alaska and finally, Florida.  Her work is well documented, but records of her family in Buffalo, or the Training School she attended in NYC are not in any known repository.  Florida Memory site
  13. 13. State and Regional Sources for information on women in history… New York State Archives "Word on Women“ New York Digital Collections New York Heritage
  14. 14. Women in Need ofReform? Some historical records present a close parallel with women and poverty, immorality, and delinquency and disability in the 19th century…. http://www.poor
  15. 15. Or, something else?  Womens rights(?) in early New York  The 1913 Department Store Workers Strike in Buffalo, NY  A Study of Women Delinquents in New York State (1920)  /m/moa/
  16. 16. Local collections preserve importantinformation about notable womenwho made an impact here andelsewhere… Cornelia Bentley Sage although some materials may Alice Moore Hubbard as not be readily accessible as others…..
  17. 17. Examples of Local RegionalGuides and Organizations:  WNY Legacy  WNY Archivists  RKN Civic Infrastructu Infrastruct BECHS, Crystal Beach Photo Collection Jewish Buffalo Archives Project
  18. 18. St. Bonaventure University Archives Genesee County Department of History Buffalo & Erie County Historical SocietyPrendergast Library
  19. 19. More than Facts andFigures  Beyond the chronologies, occupational achievements, or factual listings, women’s history could be phrased as:  Uncommon lives  What became of them?  Crisis!  A case study (company, neighborhood, organization, ethnic/cultural group)  Political or philanthropic behavior  Professional/personal shifts
  20. 20. Shedding Labels…. The "Communist Threat“ (Internet Archive) (Hotel Touraine) Lois Gibbs – from mother in crisis to environmental advocate  Margaret Goff Clark – from Freedom Crossing to Saving Manatees 
  21. 21. Letters and OralHistories  What are we being told?  Information the writer/speaker conveys to the reader/listener Women & Social Movements in the US site  Information we can deduce from our Uncrowned Queens Oral History Project current perspective and knowledge Womens Letters & Diaries World Cat BECHS World Cat list Camp Family Papers
  22. 22. Diaries & Journals Why are they written?  As personal reflections of a time, event, place  For the writer to put herself into an historical context  and  Finding Aid for HZM Rodgers  Buffalo BPW  BECHS Diary Collection  MOA Cornell site Elizabeth Olmsted Smith  Womens Diaries in Canada
  23. 23. Memoirs  These areMemoirs in LitMus intentionally createdClub Records – image with a purpose orfrom UncrownedQueens site audience in mind  Usually after-the-fact  Best understood in the context of M. St. John in corroborative and WNYLegacy ancillary materials
  24. 24. Ways to PromoteWomen’s History:  Adopt-a-School  In-house or sponsored displays, exhibits  Lectures, discussions, workshops  Publications, feature articles, websites  Contests (essay, poster)  Community/service awards, recognitions 
  25. 25. Links to MoreResources  Society of American Archivists Women’s Roundtable:   Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender:   Project Flight’s Western New York Directory of Women’s Organizations : 