Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Political AND The Personal

Apart from the previously mentioned lighthearted novels, the library is a wealth of knowledge that spans many thematic areas. There are sections on religion with texts that range from the Bible to the Zohar and books written by famous authors … Continue reading

A “Guide to Marriage” from Margaret Sanger

The most interesting book I found was one entitled Happiness in Marriage, written by Margaret Sanger and published in 1926. This book can best be explained as a manual to becoming a woman. It included chapters such as Premature Parenthood … Continue reading

Work/Life Balance, Then and Now

Help Yourself!: Get Yourself a Beau written by Doris Webster and Mary Alden Hopkins and published in 1928, is structured in a similar way to relationship quizzes found in today’s magazines, providing helpful tips on how ladies could improve their … Continue reading

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Our next discovery was the book Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis, published in 1936. Complete with empowering support for the single female of that time period, combined with sound advice and a Q & A section, the … Continue reading

Have a Laugh – NWP Members and Their Down Time

On the ‘Donated Books’ shelf I found Auntie Mame, written by Patrick Dennis and published in 1955. Think your mother and grandmother were not interested in the same type of scandalously fun novels that are commonly found in grocery store … Continue reading

Reading Between the Lines

I didn’t know what to expect when I was accepted a collections internship at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, home of the historic National Woman’s Party. My past experience was mainly in museum collections and apart from one or two … Continue reading