American Women's History: A Research Guide
Colonial America
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Bibliographies & Research Guides

Berkin, Carol. "Bibliographical Essay." In First Generations: Women in Colonial America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.

Treckel, Paula A. "Bibliographical Essay." In To Comfort the Heart: Women in Seventeenth-Century America. New York: Twayne, 1996.


Encyclopedias

Cooke, Jacob Earnest, et al, eds. Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies. 3 vols. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1993.
This set is divided into 17 parts, including "Colonial Settings," "Labor Systems," "The Social Fabric," "Folkways," "Families and the Life Course," "The Arts," "Education," "Religion," etc. Find "women" in the index in volume three for an extensive list of subtopics.


Historical Overviews

Berkin, Carol. First Generations: Women in Colonial America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.

Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800. Boston: Little, Brown, c1980.

Treckel, Paula A. To Comfort the Heart: Women in Seventeenth-Century America. New York: Twayne, 1996, 267p.


Journals in the Field

The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History and Culture [http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/wmq/index.htm]


Networking Tools: Associations & Discussion Lists

International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800 [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~atlantic/index.html]

H-OIEAHC [Institute of Early American History and Culture] [http://www.h-net.org/~ieahcweb/]
This site includes information about how to join the listserv, an archive of past discussions, and links to related Internet sources.


Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. "Of Pens and Needles: Sources in Early American Women's History." Journal of American History 77 (June 1990): 200-207.

Women's History Resources for the Colonial and Early Republic Periods [online]. [Philadelphia]: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, last update 4 November 1997 [cited 5 June 1998]. Available from: http://www.hsp.org/collections/guides/womena.html.


Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Costa, Tom. Virginia Runaways [online]. Charlottesville: Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia, 1999- . Available from: http://www.uvawise.edu/history/runaways/index.html.
Runaway slave advertisements from 18th century Virginia newspapers. A search for woman retrieves 190 hits.

Deetz, James, Patricia Scott Deetz, and Christopher Fennell. The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia [online]. Charlottesville, Va: The Dept., 1998- . Available from: http://etext.virginia.edu/users/deetz/.
This site provides transcriptions of probate inventories, wills, and court records.

The Elizabeth Murray Project: A Resource Site for Early American History [online]. Long Beach: California State University, 2002- [cited 1 June 2005]. Available from: http://salticid.nmc.csulb.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/eMurray.woa/wa/select?page=homepage.

Shifflett, Crandall. Virtual Jamestown [online]. Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Center for Digital History, 1999- .
Organized by source type: "Maps and Images," "Court Records," "Labor Contracts," "Reference Center," "First Hand Accounts and Letters," and "Newspapers."

Commercial Collections

Past Portal, Colonial Williamsburg's Portal to American History [online]. [Williamsburg, Va.]: The Foundation, 2000- .
Overview from the publisher.

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800 [online]. Malvern, Pa.: Accessible Archives, 2001.
Users can search the full-text of this Philadelphia newspaper.


Primary Sources: Selected Books

Berkin, Carol, and Leslie Horowitz, eds. Women's Voices, Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998.



Talking About Women's History

Norton, Mary Beth. Sex, Religion, and Society in Early America; or, a 17th-Century Maryland Menage a Trois and its Consequences [lecture online]. Talking History, 14 September 2000. Available from: http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/arch2000july-december.html.



American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
kmiddlet@frank.mtsu.edu
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132