American Women's History: Digital Collections
Childhood
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American Centuries [online]. Deerfield, Mass.: Memorial Hall Museum, 2001- [cited 9 February 2002]. Available from: http://memorialhall.mass.edu/.
"Children" is one of the "topics" in the "Assisted Search." The site presents a wide range of primary sources, including furniture (e.g., a twin potty chair), clothing, toys, children's books, and excerpts from diaries.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 [online]. [Washington, DC]: Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, 2000 [cited 12 September 2000]. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaposters/wpahome.html.
See the subheadings to "Children" in the Subject Index to the collection.

Children in Urban America Project [online]. [Milwaukee]: Marquette University, n.d. [cited 10 April 2001]. Available from: http://xserver1.its.mu.edu/.

Connecticut History Online [online]. Connecticut Historical Society, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport, [2001- ]. Available from: http://www.cthistoryonline.org/.
The site also includes a very useful lesson plan: 125 Years of Childhood: Comparing and Contrasting the Lives of Children in Connecticut.

Digital Image Collection [online]. Denver, CO: Denver Public Library, 1995- . Available from: http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html.
The 120,000 images in this collection document the history of Colorado and the American West. A keyword search for girl* produced over 3000 records. Try combining this term with other terms (e.g., Indians, schools) that appear frequently in the database.

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942 [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2000. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/flwpahtml/flwpahome.html.
Includes folktales, folksongs, and interviews that document a variety of ethnic cultures. A search for Children's songs retrieves 25 records.

Lewis Hine Photographs for the National Child Labor Committee [National Archives]

Minnesota Girls in the 20th Century [online]. [Mankato]: Minnesota State University, 2004 [cited 10 March 2005]. Available from: http://www.mnsu.edu/mngirls/. Undergraduates in Professor Susan Freeman's course conducted oral history intereviews with eleven women. Includes video and audio files from the interviews, photographs, and reactions of students to the project.

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 18 March 2002]. Available from: http://catalog.lapl.org/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?5005+CONFIGcw_photo.ini+language_3_useDatabase_968.

Playing House: Homemaking for Children [online]. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, n.d. Available from: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/History.ChildHomeEc.

Shaping the Values of Youth: Sunday School Books in 19th Century America [online]. East Lansing: Michigan State University Libraries, 1999- . Available from: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/collections/index.cfm?CollectionID=6.

Virginia Agricultural Extension Service [online]. In Imagebase. Blacksburg: University Libraries, Virginia Tech, [cited 16 November 2002]. Available from: http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/browse.php?folio_ID=/vaes.
This collection includes about 1300 photographs of 4-H activities.

Visual Resources Database [online]. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, [1998- ]. Available from: http://collections.mnhs.org/visualresources/.
A keyword search for girl* retrieved over 800 records (on 7/15/2001).

Wisconsin Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection [online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001 [cited 10 December 2001]. Available from: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/collections/online/.



American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Suggestions/comments to: kmiddlet@mtsu.edu
Middle Tennessee State University Library