Right Here I See My Own Books-March 2, 2012

Right Here I See My Own Books Detailed Itinerary for Universities

The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in partnership with the National Women’s History Museum and the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies  is hosting a special presentation of Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition (University of Massachusetts Press January 2012). The book’s co-authors, Sarah Wadsworth, associate professor of English at Marquette University and Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University, will be presenting on Friday, March 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, (10 First Street, S.E. Washington, DC), Whittall Pavilion. This is going to be a very special event with Right Here I See My Own Books offering new insights about this first effort to assemble a comprehensive library of women’s texts at the end of the 19th Century.


The Woman’s Building at the Columbian Exposition housed the Library featuring over 8,000 books written by women.  While American women wrote the majority of the books, women from other countries were also represented at this World’s Fair and their books spanned women’s writings from the 15th through the 19th Centuries. An interesting note is that one of our Coalition members, the American Library Association, headquartered in Chicago, participated in the construction of the original library in the Woman’s Building. One of the major benefits of the authors’ research for the book has once again gathered the titles of the books that were in the Library of the Woman’s Building. Using the power of the Internet, the authors are placing the information in an online database so that it can be accessed by researchers, students and those interested in women’s history throughout the world!

 March – April 2012

March 2 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, National Women’s History Museum and the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies, Library of Congress   Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E.) Whittall Pavilion.  

March 23– 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Scholars Commons, Strozier Library, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.  Sponsored by FSU Libraries and Friends of the FSU Libraries, the Colloquium on the Book participants (in addition to Wiegand) include Rutgers Professor Marija Dalbello, and FSU Professors Meegan Kennedy, Jennifer Koslow, Silvia Valisaa, Anne Rowe and NWHM representative and noted historian of women’s history Doris Weatherford.

March 28 – 7:00 p.m. South Ballroom, Memorial Union, Iowa State University,Ames, Iowa.  Sponsored by Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Women’s and Gender Studies program, College of Liberal Arts and Science, F. Wendell Miller Lecture Fund, Department of History, and Committee on Lectures (funded by the Government of the Student Body.

March 29 – 6:00 p.m. Room RB 150, Northwestern University School of Law, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.  Sponsored by the Northwestern University Libraries, which houses the remainder of the Woman’s Building Library Collection, and the American Library Association, which participated in the constructions of the original library.  Sarah Wadsworth is co-presenting with Wayne Wiegand.

April 2 – 7:00 p.m. Mead Library, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI  Sponsored by AAUW, Lydia Olson Library, Department of Sociology & Social Work, Committee on Women and the Peter White Library.

April 23 – Noon – Commons, 4th Floor, Helen C. White Hall, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI.  Sponsored by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.  Sarah Wadsworth is co-presenting.

April 24 – 4:00 p.m., Room 126, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 East Daniel Street, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Il. 61820.

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