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From the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College

"The clippings and ephemera in the Schlesinger Library's vertical files are a gold mine for researchers. This is a unique collection, its richness guaranteed by the sharp eyes of Schlesinger Library archivists and staff. Materials here on the recent history of women in the United States are not drawn together into one collection anywhere else."
Nancy F. Cott, Yale University

In the 1950s, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America began to develop an up-to-date, nationally inclusive, effectively organized, easily useable file on the lives of women. The Vertical File, updated daily by Schlesinger reference specialists, incorporated contemporary and retrospective newspaper and magazine articles, reports, pamphlets, speeches and other documentary records that would otherwise have been scattered far and wide.

Since then the Schlesinger Library Vertical File has grown steadily inspiring and supporting projects on all aspects of women's economic, social and cultural experiences in modern America. The microfiche edition contains nearly 250,000 pages of media clippings, pamphlets and other materials drawn from sources throughout the U.S. over the last forty years.

Organized and indexed by subject, by organization and by personal name, the Vertical File provides sweeping coverage of the ideas, issues, events, personalities and organizations that have shaped women's lives - indeed all American lives - since World War II.

6,033 microfiche with printed index

749 microfiche

1,737 microfiche

3,547 microfiche

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