Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Research: Schlesinger Library

The Schlesinger Library. Radcliffe Yard is undergoing major work this summer,
so there are construction fences everywhere! July 24, 2012

I am currently researching at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.(1)

In the archives at the Schlesinger are two collections from two other holiday houses: Fernside and Rockport Lodge (click on the names of these places to read the finding aids). Both were in operation at the same time as Wiawaka. Looking at their archives will give me a sense of how alike and different these similar vacation houses were. In the Wiawaka archives are promotional materials from Fernside, so they were certainly aware of each other!

Right now, I am transcribing index cards of visitors to Fernside so I can get a sense of who their visitors were, and can then compare them to those who visited Wiawaka.

(1) This research is generously funded by a Dissertation Research Grant from the Schlesinger Library.


Anonymous said...

Very nice article in the Daily Gazette....Congrats !

"LAKE GEORGE : Timeless women’s resort catches researcher’s eye
Wiawaka Holiday House believed to be last of its kind in U.S.
BY SARA FOSS Gazette Reporter
The women began visiting Wiawaka Holiday House in 1903.

Rest of article at:


Anonymous said...

Updates ?