Charlotte Perkins Gilman Digital Collection


This project consists of a collection of approximately 37,000 digitized pages. These items include correspondence, diaries, manuscript drafts, articles, reviews, clippings, photographs, and drawings documenting Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s extensive output as a writer as well as her romantic and family life. The digitization of this collection took place between April 2009 and June 2010, thanks to a generous gift from Cynthia Green Colin (a Radcliffe alumna) to the Institute. As part of the Schlesinger Library’s Experimental Archives Project, this project represents the first attempt to bring one of our most popular collections online through an interactive platform.

The Schlesinger Library would like to thank Andrew Silva of the Harvard Law School Library for developing the original SuiteSpot system and for then sharing his time and effort to help develop it further for the Schlesinger Library’s needs. The library also thanks the following people: Marilyn Dunn, Schlesinger Library Executive Director and Librarian of the Radcliffe Institute for her leadership and support for the project; Amy Benson, Schlesinger Librarian/ Archivist for Digital Initiatives, for guiding the project’s first phase of technical development; Jenny Gotwals, Lead Manuscript Archivist; Amanda Hegarty, Collections Conservator; Paula Aloisio, Archivist & Metadata Specialist; Catherine Lea Holbrook, Archivist; Johanna Carll, Archivist & Metadata Specialist; Laura Peimer, Archivist; Pablo Morales Henry, Schlesinger Library Programmer and Born Digital Archivist; the student workers assisting in the project: Adam Schutzman, Amanda Landis, Alexandra Holliday, and Patrick Shea; Jason Knight, Application Platform Analyst with Harvard University Information Technology, for his consistent and generous server support as the team transitioned the suites from a locally-hosted to Harvard Library supported server system; Mary Murphy, Schlesinger Library Project Manager, who pulled all of the players together to move the Schlesinger Suites project forward; and most especially to Cynthia Green Colin '54, who's generous gift permitted the digitization of this collection and to the Schlesinger Library Council, for funding the Experimental Archives Project.