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Peary diary now available

Remember in early 2018 when we first started posting Marie Peary’s diary entries? That project began when we decided to find somebody in our collection who was writing diaries 100 years ago. It just happened to be that Marie was doing that, and is an excellent, detailed diarist. After a year hiatus where we focused […]

On-site Research Suspended

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that lies ahead, we have made the difficult decision to close our reading room to visitors this summer. While we know that this is a great disappointment to many who plan their year around research trips to archives in the summer months, we are acting for […]

Our Quarantine Reading List

We’re all mostly inside these days, with the exception of that daily walk, run or bike ride that keeps you sane and at a safe distance from others. While we lament the many hardships that this pandemic is bringing to our communities, we also invite you to settle in for some quiet, stillness and contemplation. Art has […]

Research Support Grants Awarded

We are pleased to announce this year’s Research Support Grant recipients. Congratulations to this year’s grantees! Naomi Greyser, University of Iowa, “Writing through Writer’s Block: Race, Gender and Knowledge Cultures in the American Academy”Vesna Kuiken, SUNY-Albany, “Life on the Rocks: Celia Thaxter’s Drift-Weed Aesthetics”Shealeen Meaney, Russell Sage College, “American Women Writers in South Asia”Christopher Phillips, […]

Article Published in Journal of Medical Humanities

Maine Women Writers’ Collection director Jennifer Tuttle and Curator Cathleen Miller have published an article in the Journal of Medical Humanities. Growing out of a presentation at the Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities symposium at the University of Kent in 2016, Jennifer S. Tuttle and Cathleen Miller explore the use of Martha A. Hall’s […]

2020 Creative Fellowship Applications Open

Are you an artist (in any medium) or writer who would like to explore archival materials as source text for your own creative project? We offer one grant annually for artists and writers to use the archives. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2020. We host one artist or writer to engage in research in […]

Suffrage Exhibit at Maine State Museum

The Maine Women Writers Collection is one of many participating institutions in the Maine State Museum’s exhibition commemorating the centennial of Maine’s vote to approve suffrage for women. “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” features historical photographs, stories about people, documents, and artifacts to explore the wide-ranging efforts by many women (and […]

Peanut butter and ramen noodles

On September 21, 2019, MWWC archivist Jefferson Navicky attended the Metamorphosis literary festival in Portland for which Carolyn Chute was the headliner. Before reading from the galley of her next book, Recipe for a Revolution, Chute drew the audience’s attention to the line of hydrogenated peanut butter and packages of ramen noodles that spread across […]

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

June 14, 2019

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MWWC Reading Room

In the same year that Mattell introduced the Barbie Doll and only 35 percent of college students were female, two Westbrook Junior College (WJC) instructors made a pioneering step in the field of women’s literary studies. Grace A. Dow, chair and professor in the Department of English at WJC, and Dorothy M. Healy, a WJC […]

Miller at conference on New England poets

Cathleen Miller, curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection, recently participated in the panel “Beyond Frost: Northern New England Poets in the Archives” at the New England Archivists Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Panelists discussed Frost’s dominance in the poetry of New England and explored how place imbues poets’ works, what has and has not been collected […]