wimmins comix

It grew out of the “It Ain’t Me Babe” newspaper created by the organization Berkeley Women’s Liberation and led to the development of “Wimmen’s Comix,” which was run collectively by female artists, including Robbins, from 1972 to 1992. Both are held in collections by the Harvard Schlesinger Library.

Ain't Me Babe

“It Ain’t Me Babe Comix” was the first entirely women-created comic book. Coupled with the revolutionary spirit of 1960s movements for Civil Rights and against the Vietnam War, second-wave feminism advocated for women’s reproductive rights, job opportunities, and freedom from sexual assault and harassment.

Morison map

Through this journey, Samuel Eliot Morison sought to determine once and for all whether Columbus had sailed to the Americas based on his nautical talent, or if he ended up there by chance.

A Harvard Professor on Columbus’s Voyage

Morison decided “the only way to solve the problem of this great navigator, really to ‘get at’ him, was to explore, under sail, the coasts and islands he discovered.” Thus, the Harvard Columbus expedition was born.

‘A Little Cookbook Project’ from Pfoho

In 2005, two Pforzheimer students put out a call for students' creative dining hall recipes. Today, their cookbook sits in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library.

Yenching History

2 Divinity Ave. has switched hands a few times since it was first erected in 1930, and vestiges of its past still remain on its facade.

The Harvard Professor in Apartheid South Africa’s Corner

The legacy of apartheid is still apparent in South Africa; it’s a legacy that has perpetuated the conditions of racism and poverty. Part of that legacy traces all the way to Cambridge, Massachusetts — to Samuel Huntington.

Bunny Battles: The Crimson’s Decades-Long Feud with Playboy Magazine

Before Playboy's ad was printed, however, a group of Crimson editors voted to reverse that decision — but not unanimously. At first, then-Crimson President Francis J. Connolly ’79 called David Chan on the phone and told him that the ad “was simply too offensive to appear in the pages of The Crimson,” according to the Boston Globe.

The Class of 1857 and the Gate They Left

If you’ve ever stepped foot on Harvard’s campus, you’ve seen the Wadsworth gate, though you may not have realized it. Nestled between the urban bustle of Harvard Square and the red brick of the Yard, I walk past it nearly every day, but rarely do I stop to ponder its history. The gate is also called the Class of 1857 Gate after the class that sponsored it — a class whose joyful graduation barely preceded the advent of the Civil War.

Sarah the Cat

Halftone print of a photograph of Sarah the Cat wearing a top hat. Color painted additions include a bow tie and a band around the hat that reads "Harvard." HUG 3273.2.

The Rise and Fall of the Freshman Smoker

Organized by the Freshman Smoker Committee and originally held in the Harvard Union building, the Freshman Smoker originated as an event for freshmen to socialize and, of course, smoke.

Spaces within Spaces: The Origins of Harvard’s Final Clubs

As the university became more egalitarian, final clubs became elite spaces within elite spaces.

The Radical Feminist Magazine You've Never Heard of

During the three years of its existence, The Rag played a powerful role in campus culture. The collective created a space for women to play with radical ideas and reckon with pressing issues, while the magazine added a distinct voice to the college’s fraught discourse. Despite its short life, The Rag expanded what feminism could be at Harvard.

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