“As most of us knew her:” Leaving Space for Queerness in the Archives

"As most of us knew her:" Leaving Space for Queerness in the Archives By Karen Robertson Five years ago, I wrote this blog post about a collection of family photographs from the late 19th century. The collection was pretty average in the scheme of things I see in my line of work- an average family doing average things [...]

Alice Dunbar Nelson: A Life Lived Outside the Box

Alice Dunbar Nelson: A Life Lived Outside the Box By Karen Robertson Content warning: This post includes a brief mention of domestic violence and sexual assault. At the Ohio History Connection, you will find items related to Paul Laurence Dunbar, a name you are likely familiar with. Dunbar was a famous and influential writer in the [...]

“Give Us the Ballot, Men of Ohio! Give your Women the Help They Beg into a Broader, Deeper, Richer Life”

“Give Us the Ballot, Men of Ohio! Give your Women the Help They Beg into a Broader, Deeper, Richer Life” From October 2019-October 2020, The Ohio History Connection featured a special guest blogger once a month to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The post below, from June 2020, is being cross-posted to this [...]

Amazon, Empress, and Friend: The Life of Natalie Clifford Barney

Amazon, Empress, and Friend: The Life of Natalie Clifford Barney By Karen Robertson If you’ve seen the traveling exhibit, Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change, one of the women you may have met is Dayton’s own, Natalie Clifford Barney. This exhibit is based around quotes from Ohio women, so as a writer and a poet, [...]

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