Women's History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center
The SCRC invites you to explore manuscripts, university archives, rare books, and artifacts related to women and to engage with the achievements, struggles, and representations of women throughout history.
Collection of letters, telegrams, and greeting cards sent by Ardessa "Dess" Pitts to her husband Private Madison F. Pitts, who served in an all-Black aviation squadron during World War II. Several of Pitts' letters express her desire to start a family.
Court documents (1820) relating to a case between William Lewis, described as a "man of color," and Matilda Baker, whose race is unidentified. Baker alleged that Lewis tried to rape her. Lewis was found guilty, and sentenced to a fine of "one cent and 39 lashes."
Margaret Sanger, credited with popularizing the term "birth control," writes about the future of individual and social problems in a world that upholds women's reproductive rights. Although an early supporter of reproductive justice, Sanger is also recognized as contributing to a growing eugenics movement. This copy is signed by Sanger.
Women's Protests, Demonstrations, and Movements, 2017. Posters, buttons, and ephemera documenting the January 2017 Women's March on Washington, a large coalition of demonstrators advocating for, among other goals, reproductive justice, gender equality, and sexual assault awareness.
Records, including demonstration posters, fliers, and other ephemera from VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, the student organization at W&M that forms a part of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action network.