Go to: II. RESEARCH SOURCES (Historical Overviews, Primary Sources, and Secondary Sources)


Chicago garment workers' strike, Sep. 22 1910 - Feb. 18 1911 from the Women Working collection.

The Triangle Factory Fire, March 25, 1911 [online]. Ithaca, N.Y.: Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, 1998- . Available from: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/. The "Sources" section includes documents, photographs and illustrations, and audio files of oral histories.

1912 Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) founded the Girl Scouts of America. A biography of Low appears in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Oregon's Equal Suffrage Proclamation
See Feminist Voices & Visions: Proclamation of Woman's Suffrage in Oregon (University of Oregon Library and the Center for the Study of Women in Society)

U.S. Children's Bureau is formally created.
View Kriste Lindenmeyer's presentation on the role of women in formation and work of the Children's Bureau in Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History [online]. A Library of Congress Symposium, June 19-20, 2003.


Mary Harris "Mother" Jones is arrested after leading protest of conditions in West Virginia mines.
Mother Jones [online]. Talking History, 2 September 2002. Available from: http://talkinghistory.oah.org/arch2002.html.

White goods workers of New York strike.
Read Rose Schneiderman and the White Goods Workers of New York, taken from Chapter 2 of Carrie Brown's Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War (Northeastern University Press, 2002).

Ludlow Massacre (April 14)
See The Ludlow Massacre: Images from the Western History Collection, Denver Public Library

Margaret Sanger publishes the first issue of The Woman Rebel. See Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel [Model Editions Partnership].

Elsie De Wolfe's The House in Good Taste is published. The House in Good Taste is part of the University of Wisconsin's Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture.

Edith Bolling Galt marries President Woodrow Wilson.
View the Booknotes Interview with Phyllis Lee Levin, author of Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is founded.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection's online exhibit on the history of the WILPF includes about 100 photographs.

Suffrage activist Inez Miholland collapses while speaking on stage in Los Angeles, and dies a month later.
Listen to the Talking History interview, Linda Lumsden on the Life and Times of Inez Milholland [26 August 2004].

Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first American woman elected to the United States Congress. See Jeannette Rankin: Activist for World Peace, Women's Rights, and Democratic Government [Suffragists Oral History Project, UC Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office].

Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 [100 Milestone Documents]

The National Woman's Party is founded.
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party [Library of Congress] documents the wide range of tactics that the NWP used in its push for ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Segment 2: From the Archives: "Ernestine Hara Kettler Recalling Her Imprisonment after the National Woman's Party March on Washington of 1917 (Recorded 1-29-1973)." [online]. Talking History, August 26, 2004. Available from: http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/arch2004july-december.html.

The United States enters the World War I.
Several digital collections are cited in the World War I section of American Women's History: A Research Guide.

"I Remember When: What Became of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918." (The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 in Philadelphia) [online]. Talking History, 24 March 2005. Available from: http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/arch2005jan-june.html.
Originally broadcast on WUHY-FM in Philadelphia on 18 January 1983.
Several women and men recall the epidemic in this segment.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is organized.
See: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom [online]. Swarthmore, PA: Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2000 [cited 3 April 2002]. Available from: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/Exhibits/wilpfexhibit/exhibithome.htm. This exhibit includes 100 photographs from 1915-1999.



Census Data

Historical Census Browser
Researchers can examine state and county topics for individual census years and over time, as well as generate maps of selected data.

History of the U.S. Census Bureau and Its Work


Manuscripts: Diaries & Letters


Utah Digital Newspapers [online]. Salt Lake City: Marriott Library, University of Utah, 2002 [cited 12 February 2003]. Available from: http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/.
Numerous papers in this collection cover the early 1900s.


Browse the Quilt Index by time period (e.g., "1901-1929")

The Quilts section of American Women's History: A Research Guide includes additional links to digital collections.

Secondary Sources

The database America: History & Life offers a simple option for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time period. If you are searching for articles that cover the decade from 1910 to 1919, enter 1910d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen.

American Women's History: A Timeline

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132