Online Essays

The Orphan Sewing Machine, Harvard Magazine, 2017

"Harvard's Womanless History," Harvard Magazine, 1999, reprinted in "From the Archives," December 2018.

"Mr. Everyman Buys Coal," AHA Perspectives, Sept. 1, 2009.

"The Truth About Squire Romolee," New York Times, Nove. 28, 2002.  Section A, Page 35



A Midwife’s Tale
Laurie Kahn, Producer and writer. Richard Rogers, director. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Narrator
and writer. First aired in 1998 in the PBS series “American Experience,” this film is still readily
available through PBS, Amazon, and other outlets. An innovative website,,
created by the same team contains both visual images and a transcription of the original diary.

American Experience Website
Blueberry Hill Productions Website

Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, andthe Stuff Around You
Co-instructors Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Sarah Carter, with contributions from Ivan Gaskell and
Sara Schechner. This on-line course builds on the 2015 book Tangible Things: History Through
Objects, and a popular Harvard undergraduate course with the same name.

In this sample video, Prof. Ulrich and Prof. Carter look at at an eighteenth-century drawing of
Dighton Rock included in the 2017 Harvard Art Museum Exhibit, “The Philosophy Chamber.”

Stephen Sewall’s Drawing

Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories
Co-instructors Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Jane Kamensky, with contributions from twenty guest
scholars and Harvard faculty.* Each unit begins with a close-up of a single object, followed by
brief interviews with experts, and a follow-up summary by Prof. Ulrich.

Here are sample videos focusing on Object 5 which relates to the career of novelist Dorothy West.
Take A Look & Reflections

* Harvard experts: Robin Bernstein, Ann Braude, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Glenda Carpio, Nancy Cott, Evelynn Hammonds, Robin Kelsey, Jill Lepore, Kenvi Phillips, Jennifer Roberts; Guest experts: Noelani Arista, Chris Bobel, Lara Freidenfelds, Maggie Lowe, Eva Payne, Kurt Piehler, Sandy Placido, Claire Potter, Susan Ware