American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Bibliographies & Journal Indexes

Ageline [online]. Washington, DC :; American Association of Retired Persons, 1978- . Updated bimonthly.
This database includes summaries of journal and magazine articles, books, research reports, and videos. Use Historical Perspectives as a search term to retrieve records of articles about historical topics.

Osborne, Nancy Seale. Aging [online]. Collection Development Core Lists. [Chicago]: Women's Studies Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000; distributed by University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office. Available from:

Wheeler, Helen Rippier. Women & Aging: A Guide to the Literature. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1997. 259p.
Includes over 2000 bibliographic entries to books, book chapters, journal articles, essays, and doctoral dissertations. All book entries are annotated. Covers multiple disciplines. Chapter ten includes a "history" section.

Historical Overviews / Historiography

Feinson, Marjorie Chary. "Where Are the Women in the History of Aging? [review essay]." Social Science History 9 (Fall 1985): 429-452.

Haber, Carole. "Witches, Widows, Wives, and Workers: The Historiography of Elderly Women in America." In Handbook on Women and Aging, edited by Jean M. Coyle. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

See the Archival Collections: General Tools section for additional information sources.

"Elderly." In Selected Subject List for Iowa Women's Archives [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, January 1997 [cited 14 June 2000]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Records of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1918-1965. Part I: Reports of the Director, Annual Summaries, Major Conferences, Speeches, and Articles. Frederick, Md : University Publications of America, 1987- .
See the entries under "Age Factor" in the guide to this collection. Most of these speeches/articles are about older women. Examples include "Old Age Pension Laws and Women Workers" (1934), "The Older Woman's Part in War Work" (1943), and "What the Older Woman Worker Wants from the New Deal" (1934).

Statistical Sources

Darnay, Arsen J., ed. Statistical Record of Older Americans. Detroit: Gale, 1994.

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging []

We the American Elderly [online]. [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census, 1993. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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