Monday, June 3, 2013

And the 2013 NERFC Fellows Are.....

Kristin Allukian. Working to Become: Women, Work, and Literary Legacy in American Women's Postbellum Literature

Michael Blaakman. Speculation Nation: Land Speculators and Land Mania in Post-Revolutionary America

Richard Boles. Dividing the Faith: The Rise of Racially Segregated Northern Churches, 1730-1850

Anna Bonewitz. Fashioning the British Empire: Fashion, Imagery and Colonial Exchange in Eighteenth-Century New England

Susan de Guardiola. Figures and Changes: The Evolution of the Cotillon in France, England, and America, 1760-1840

Marian Desrosiers. John Banister and the Influence of a Colonial Newport Merchant on the Economy of Pre-Revolutionary America

Russell Fehr. Anxious Electorate: City Politics in Mid-1920s America

Benjamin Irvin. "Invalids" and Independence: Disability, Masculinity, Class, and Citizenship among Veterans of the Revolutionary War

Kathryn Irving. The American Schools for Idiotic Children: Disability and Development in the Nineteenth Century

Noam Maggor. Brahmin Capitalism: Gentlemanly Bankers, Urban Populists, and the Origins of the Modern American Economy

Karen Murray. Roxbury: African-American History, Gender, and the Politics of Urban Poverty
Steven Pitt. City upon the Atlantic Tides: Puritans, Merchants, and the Seafaring Community of Boston, 1689-1763

Ashley Smith. "We Have Never Not Been Here": Place, History, and Belonging in Native New England

Each Fellow receives a $5,000 award to visit at least three of the participating NERFC institutions for no less than two weeks' worth of research on their topic. The thirteen fellowships handed out this year are the most to date.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A New Exhibit at Baker Library

Baker Library Historical Collections is pleased to join in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of women’s admission into the full MBA program at Harvard Business School (HBS) with Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University, 1937–1970. The exhibition will run until September 22, 2013 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School.

Building the Foundation traces the early history of business education for women at Harvard University from the founding of the one-year certificate program at Radcliffe College in 1937 to the HBS faculty vote to admit women into the two year MBA program and finally to the complete integration of women into the HBS campus life by 1970. Illustrating the evolution of this formative period are photographs, interviews, reports, and correspondence from Baker Library Historical Collections at Harvard Business School and from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute.

The telling documents reveal how program directors, administrators, and faculty shaped business education for women at the University, preparing students to take their places in the business world. The pioneering graduates of these programs would go on to help open doors to formerly unattainable opportunities for generations of women who followed. 

Visit   to learn more about the exhibition, to find materials that could support further research, and to view some of the items featured in the exhibition. 

Visit   to learn more about the HBS celebration of 50 Years of Women in the MBA Program.

Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.