The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution gives women the
right to vote.
Constitution: The 19th Amendment is one of the Featured Documents on
the National Archives web site.
Woman's Party Digital Collection [Sewall-Belmont House and Museum]
related to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, including a
photo of members of the Tennessee legislature who supported
TriCollege Digital Library [online]. [Haverford, PA : Haverford
College Special Collections, 2002- ]. Available
Digital collections from Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, Friends
Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore College Peace
Collection, and Haverford College Special Collections. See the
Suffragist Images Collection.
Amelia Earhart takes her first flying lesson from Neta
Earhart's brief letter to Snook is a Featured
Document on the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's web
The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers is
Thomas McGuire's review of Karyn L. Hollis' Liberating
at the Bryn Mawr Summer
School for Women Workers (Southern Illinois University Press,
2004) appears in Women and Social Movements (June 2005).
Margaret Sanger founds the American Birth Control League, the precursor
the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Sanger [Women Working, 1800-1930, Harvard University Library]
offers a biographical profile of Sanger and a variety of relevant digital
editions, including What We Stand
For: Principles and Aims of the American Birth Control League.
Bessie Smith records "Down Hearted Blues" for Columbia Records.
Profiles from NPR:
Bessie Smith. This profile covers Smith's rise to fame, difficulties
during the Great Depression, and her influence on contemporary blues
Edna St. Vincent Millay becomes the first woman to be
awarded the Pulitzer
Prize for poetry.
In this Library of Congress webcast, Milford discussed her book,
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The Equal Rights Amendment, drafted by Alice Paul, is
introduced in the
from the Records of the National Woman's Party [Library of
This site offers a number of relevant photographs, including National
Woman's Party members standing in front of the Capitol. They are about
to ask congressmen from their states to vote for Equal Rights Amendment.
Dorothy Day moves to Staten Island, New York.
Day: The Staten Island Years [Marquette University Libraries] includes
letters and images from this time period.
Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson
opens the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles.
Listen to Aimee
Semple McPherson -- An Oral Mystery, part of National Public Radio's
Lost & Found Sound series.
Florence Sabin becomes the first female member of the National Academy of
The National Library of Medicine offers documents from The Florence R. Sabin Papers as
part of its Profiles in Science site.
Mary Breckinridge organizes Frontier Nursing Service to provide health
care to remote areas of Eastern Kentucky. See Frontier
Nursing Service Oral History Project for transcriptions of interviews.
Zora Neale Hurston registers her play Meet the Mama for
The Zora Neale Hurston
Plays at the Library of Congress
This site includes the text of ten Hurston plays that were deposited in
U.S. Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944.
Bertha K. Landes is elected mayor of Seattle.
University of Washington
Libraries Digital Collections include more than 20 images of Landes.
The Carter Family records songs during the Bristol Sessions.
Music's First Family includes an interview with Mark Zwonitzer,
coauthor of Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? The Carter Family and
Their Legacy in American Music, and audio recordings of several
Carter Family songs. Also see the companion site to the PBS film, The Carter Family: Will
the Circle Be Unbroken.
Dorothy Arzner directs her first film,
Fashions for Women.
of Judith Mayne's Directed by Dorothy Arzner (Indiana
University Press, 1994).
Lydia Mendoza makes first recording as a member of Cuarteto Carta
Frontera Collection of
Mexican American Music [UCLA Library]
Mendoza, Queen of Tejano [National Public Radio]
Margaret Mead publishes Coming of Age in
Margaret Mead: Human Nature
and the Power of Culture [Library of Congress] includes letters to and
from Mead, an example of her field notes in Somoa, and photographs.
In a 1975 oral history interview, Dorothy
Height recalls the musicians and actors she met when she moved to
Harlem in 1929.
Gerty and Carl Cori develop the "Cori cycle" theory, their
the movement of energy in the body. They will win the Nobel Prize for
this theory in 1947.
of the Human Mind (1951), Cori's essay that formed the basis for her
contribution to Edward R. Murrow's radio series,"This I Believe." Gerty
Cori is featured in Changing the Face
of Medicine from the National Library of Medicine.
Access [online]. [Durham, NC]:
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke
Images of over 7000 advertisements from U.S. and Canadian newspapers and
magazines between 1911 and 1955. "Beauty and hygiene" is one of the five
areas of concentration.
Medicine and Madison
Avenue [online]. Durham, NC: Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book,
Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University, 2002 [cited
28 September 2002]. Available
Images of 600 health-related advertisements that appeared in newspapers
and magazines from the 1910s through the 1950s.
Peterson, Kelsy. The Glory
of Woman: Prescriptive Literature in the
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
[online]. Durham, NC: Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and
Culture, Duke University, 2003 [cited 21 November 2005]. Available
Researchers can browse this extensive, annotated bibliography by date.
Women Working, 1800-1930
[online]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Library Open Collections
Program, 2004- [cited 21 November 2005]. Available
Select "Browse the Collection," then "Conduct of Life" to retrieve digital
editions of books published from 1800 to 1930. Results display in reverse
Dress Costume Collections allows researchers to search four
collections simultaneously. Enter 1920-1929 to search
for items from the 1920s.
Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection
[online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001
[cited 10 December 2001]. Available
Tour the collection by decade (then by gender and type of clothing).
See the Clothing section of American Women's History: A Research Guide for
additional digital collections and related sources.
Researchers can examine state and county topics for individual census
years and over time, as well as generate maps of selected data.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to
1970. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1975.
Also available online in two parts: Part
1 and Part
Statistical Abstract of the United States [online]. Washington,
DC: Government Printing Office, 1879- .
A valuable online tool for locating historical statistics for a given
Manuscripts: Diaries & Letters
L. Davis Camp Diary [online]. Boston: Simmons
College Archives, c2000. Available
Camp's diary provides a detailed account of her life as a Simmons College
student in 1927-28.
Hull (1877-1957) [online]. In Women
Working, 1800-1930. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Library,
includes brief biographical information about actress Josephine Sherwood
Hull, a portrait, and Hull's diary from 1920 to 1924. Diary entries cover
her activities in New York City, including her work as an actress, acting
teacher, and membership in the Actor's Equity Association.
Newspapers [online]. Salt Lake City: Marriott Library,
University of Utah, 2002 [cited 12 February 2003]. Available
Several papers in this collection cover the 1920s.
See the Collections
Titles and Dates.
Browse the Quilt Index by time period (e.g.,
The Quilts section of American Women's
History: A Research Guide includes additional links to digital
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 1920s, enter
1920d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen. See Searching
America: History & Life by Time Period for an example using another
American Women's History: A Timeline
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