Treasures: Trailblazing Women Through History
To celebrate Women’s History Month, this guide features some of the items on view in the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures that demonstrate the barriers women have broken and spaces they have made for themselves in the arts, sciences, literature, politics, and more through innovation, creativity, and advocacy. The items here highlight women of color, queer women, abolitionists, suffragists, feminists (and proto-feminists), thinkers, pioneers, and icons whose contributions revolutionized and redefined their fields and society at large. These represent only a portion of the objects on display in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, presented loosely in the order in which they are organized in the Polonsky Exhibition.
- Charlotte Brontë’s writing desk
- Anna Atkins's Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions
- Portraits of Maritcha Lyons and her younger sister Pauline
- Umbrella belonging to the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
- Recording from Amelia Earhart’s International Broadcast in London
Reserve your timed tickets to see these objects and more in the Polonsky Exhibition, on view at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.