This blog recounts the archival adventures of the research team for Woman Reading, Woman Writing: The Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore, which will become part of the Aperio Series of Humane Texts. Questions or comments regarding this blog can be sent to Professor Cole at

Jean Lee Cole is Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland and Director of the project. She teaches courses in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. literature and American Studies. She is the author of How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 (forthcoming 2020) and The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (2002) and editor or co-editor of several volumes, including Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays (with Charles Mitchell, 2008) and Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner (2013).

The research activities of the Aperio team and subsequent courses involved in the WLCB project are online at the Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore Archive,