Fwd: fembot: Announcing a new pictorial digital women's history collection
2014-10-21 23:13:00 GMT
From: Carol Stabile <carol.stabile <at> gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM
Subject: fembot: Announcing a new pictorial digital women's history collection
To: media & technology collaboration gender <fembot <at> lists.uoregon.edu>
Thought some of you would be interested in this.
Carol A. Stabile, Professor
School of Journalism and Communication/Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Oregon
Editor, The Fembot Collective
> Dear WMST-Lers
> I am pleased to announce the availability of a wonderful online collection of photographs of women’s everyday possessions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, plus numerous digitized texts (magazines, books, postcards, posters, and more) concerning women during that period. The objects and printed works themselves were amassed by Dovie Horvitz, and Illinois-based collector who hopes to find an institutional home for the entire collection some day — perhaps the presence of the photographs and digitized works will spark that interest. We hope so.
> Objects in the collection include clothing (dresses, hosiery, bustles, garters, swimwear, undergarments, aprons, and more), accessories such as shoes and boots, hats, gloves, purses, fans, handkerchiefs, furs, and parasols; menstrual and other health products; cosmetic and grooming kits, powders, and related make-up items; dresser sets (combs and brushes); curling irons and other hair care devices; perfumes; boudoir pillow covers; eye glasses; and exercise equipment. The printed matter includes numerous women’s magazines, Sunday supplement illustrations, sheet music about women, suffrage postcards, World War I and II posters, photographs of teen parties, and pamphlets about sex, health, and menstruation. Page after page of ad-filled women’s magazines, as well as packaging elements such as hairnet envelopes, hosiery, handkerchief and hat boxes, constitute an important part of the collection. Most of the material is American in origin.
> The collection seems of most immediate interest to women’s history classes, but American literature, communication arts (especially marketing), medical history, design, and other fields should also find it useful. It is also simply a pleasure to browse!
> Please pass this message along to others at your institution.
> The fully searchable and browsable online collection homepage is athttp://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/GenderStudies.DovieHorvitz
> An article about the collection is at http://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2014/10/13/dovie-horvitz-collection-showcases-extraordinary-evolution-of-ordinary-women/ .
> Phyllis Holman Weisbard
> Women's Studies Librarian Emerita
> phweisba <at> wisc.edu
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