American Women's History: A Research Guide
Bibliographies and Research Guides
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General Bibliographies in American History

Bibliographic Guide to North American History. v. 1 (1978- ). Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979- . Annual.
Useful catalog of the monographs and serials cataloged by the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library and by the Library of Congress.

Blazek, Ron, and Anna H. Perrault. United States History: A Selective Guide to Information Sources. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
This guide includes concise, informative descriptions of the key reference sources in the field.

Frick, Elizabeth. History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources. 2d ed. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian, 1995. 197p.

Norton, Mary Beth, and Pamela Gerardi, eds. The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
A recent and extremely useful bibliography covering all areas of history. American history is covered in volume II. See the extensive coverage of "Women" in the index.

Prucha, Francis Paul. Handbook for Research in American History: A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works. 2d ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

Salzman, Jack, ed. American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography, 1900-1983. 3 vols. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

------. American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography, 1984-1988. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

General Bibliographies in Women's History/Women's Studies

Amico, Eleanor B. Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998. 732p.

Conway, Jill K. The Female Experience in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century America: A Guide to the History of American Women. New York: Garland, 1982.

Fuller, Kathryn Wagnild, and Gayle Veronica Fischer. "Edited Collections of Primary Sources in United States Women's History: An Annotated Bibliography." Journal of Women's History 7 (Winter 1995): 206-229.

Haber, Barbara. Women in America: A Guide to Books, 1963-1975; with an Appendix on Books Published 1976-1979. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1981. 262p.

Harrison, Cynthia Ellen. Women in American History: A Bibliography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO Press, 1979. 2 vols.

Interdisciplinary Bibliographic Guide to Women's Studies. New York: G.K. Hall, 1997- . Annual.

Marlow, H. Carlton, comp. Bibliography of American Women. New Haven, Conn.: Research Publications, [1975]. Microfilm.
Lists 50,000 books by or about American women during the period 1600-1904.

NeSmith, Georgia. Feminist Historiography 1968-1993 [online]. 1994 [cited 8 January 1997]. Available from:

Rosenthal, Naomi Braun. "Nineteenth Century Women in the United States: A Review Essay." Choice 25 (September 1987): 67-77.

Slaughter, M. Jane. "Women's History: Dissolving Boundaries, Exploding Categories." Choice 33 (March 1996): 1075-85.

ViVa: A Current Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals [online]. Amsterdam: International Institute of Social History, 1995- . Available from:
Following a general section on theory and historiography, citations are organized by time period.

Women's History Research Guides at Specific Libraries

Duke University Library []

National Archives []

New York Public Library (Women's Studies: A Research Guide) []

University of California at Berkeley []

University of Oregon Library []

Yale University Library (Women's Studies Research) []

Additional Sources for Bibliographies

H-Women Bibliographies []
Book and article suggestions for a wide range of specific topics are offered by list members.

University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office []
The Women's Studies Office publishes numerous bibliographies, many of which are online.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Todd Library, Middle Tennessee State University