Objects

The items in this online exhibition evoke the stories of American women through the ages.
Start your exploration with these 32 objects. We will share more as our anniversary year unfolds.
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Jessie Tarbox Beals’s first camera, 1888

  Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

 

Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870–1942), one of the earliest women photojournalists, captured everything from a Rough Rider reunion to suffrage parades with the large-format camera seen in this self-portrait, ca. 1901–1903. The small box camera, which Beals acquired in 1888, is thought to be her first. The Library’s collections include a number of photographers who followed the trail blazed by Beals and others like her.
 
Jessie Tarbox Beals Papers, Schlesinger Library

Catalog record:

http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/000605045/catalog

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Heather Min