January 17, 2022

“Princeton University Library Identifies Women in the Latin America Manuscripts Collections, Securing a Place in History”

From PUL:

In fall 2020, Princeton University Library (PUL)’s Inclusive Description Working Group (IDWG) sought to identify 82 unnamed women in the Latin America manuscripts collections.

Processing Archivist Chloe Pfendler and Manuscripts Division Archival Resident Carolina Meneses led the research on these women who had been referred to by only their husband’s name or some other familial association. Meneses scoured the archive itself, genealogical sites, and various sources, such as the NYT obituary, to ultimately identify and secure a place in history for 14 women.

“Even though these unnamed women were erased from history, I found it really interesting that we could find them later through various associations,” says Meneses. “I enjoyed the opportunity to do that work.”

Learn More About the Project in the Complete PUL Blog Post

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