Women’s History Month is upon us and the Alice Marshall Women’s History Collection at Penn State University Capital Campus is an excellent resource for women’s studies. The collection came to Penn State through a donation from Alice Marshall, a Harrisburg native who had a prolific writing and researching career. Her career spanned work as a journalist, magazine editor, speechwriter, researcher, and compiler. After returning from serving overseas as a WAC during WWII, she became fascinated by the contrast between the real world life of being a woman and the stereotypes propagated in the media. She delved into the world of women’s history by collecting books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, sheet music, diaries, post cards, and many other items.
The collection contains over 7,000 items relating to women’s history from the 15th century until the 1980s. There are over 400 periodicals and thousands of other items in various medias. Periodicals collected by Marshall include The Free Inquirer, the Lowell Offering, and the Women’s Journal. World War I and World War II play a role in the collection with a large number of recruiting and home-front posters having been collected. Marshall also collected sheet music written about women, as well as work by women composers and lyricists. Additional materials in the collection cover both sides of the women’s suffrage movement. These are just some of the items found within this collection; many more items are available for research purposes.
The Alice Marshall Women’s History Collection can be viewed and researched at Penn State University’s Capital Campus in Middletown on Mondays (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Wednesdays (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and Fridays (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or by appointment. To find out more about the collection, you can call (717) 948-6280, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website to view the brochure.