December 5, 2020

Acquisitions: Duke University Libraries Acquires Large and Important Collection of Women’s History Books, Manuscripts, and Other Materials

From Duke U. Library:

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University has acquired one of the largest and most significant private collections on women’s history, documenting the work and intellectual contributions of women from the Renaissance to the modern era.

Carefully assembled over 45 years by noted bibliophile, activist and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection includes more than 8,600 rare books and thousands of manuscripts, journals, ephemera and artifacts, including author Virginia Woolf’s writing desk.

Among the works are many well-known monuments of women’s history and literature, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, scientists, artists and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than 500 years. The collection will become a part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture within the Rubenstein Library.

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Materials from the collection will be available to researchers once they have been cataloged. Some items will be on display in the renovated Rubenstein Library when it reopens to the public at the end of August 2015.

Read the Complete Announcement (630 Words)

Direct to Lisa Unger Baskin Collection Overview/Highlights

Direct to Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture Web Site

Direct to David M. Rubinstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library Web Site

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