American Women's History: A Research Guide
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AFRICAN-
AMERICAN
WOMEN

African American Pamphlets From the Daniel A.P. Murray Pamphlets Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections, Library of Congress

African-American Women: On-line Archival Collections [Special Collections Library, Duke University]

African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century [New York Public Library]

AMERICAN
INDIAN
WOMEN

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest [LC site] UW site

Bureau of Indian Affairs: Photographs and Documents
[NARA's NAIL Database]

ASIAN
AMERICAN
WOMEN
Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1945 [NARA]

AVIATORS The Fly Girls
[American Experience, PBS] This site highlights the experience of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during World War II. The Primary Source Documents section includes WASP statistics, official correspondence, pilot records, letters and articles written by WASPS and WAFS, and more.

BIRTH
CONTROL

The Margaret Sanger Papers: Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel

CHILDHOOD

Lewis Hine Photographs for the National Child Labor Committee [National Archives]

CIVIL WAR

Civil War Women [Special Collections Library, Duke University]

Confederate Broadside Poetry Collection [Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University]

The Valley of the Shadow [Edward L. Ayers, Virginia Center for Digital History] This site offers a wide variety of primary sources (diaries, newspapers, official records, etc.) for the study of Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Penn. during the Civil War period.

COLONIAL
AMERICA

Witchcraft in Salem Village
Location: http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/

EDUCATION

Five College Archives Digital Access Project
This site includes "digitized versions of archival records and manuscript collections relating primarily to women's history -- particularly women's education at the Five Colleges." Over 12,000 items/pages are available from the Mount Holyoke College Archives alone.

HOME
ECONOMICS
EDUCATION

NYS College of Human Ecology - Historical Photographs
[Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library] The 1419 photographs in this collection are organized into eight themes (e.g., "Resident Training," "Extension and Outreach").

JEWISH
WOMEN

Jewish Women's Archive: Virtual Archive
This site currently offers primary sources (letters, photographs, etc.) about Rebecca Gratz, Emma Lazarus, Molly Picon, Justine W. Polier, Hannah G. Solomon, and Lillian Wald.

JOURNALISTS

Women in Journalism
[Washington Press Club Foundation] Transcripts of nearly sixty oral history interviews document the careers of women in journalism since the 1920s.

LAWYERS

The Women in the Legal Profession Collection [University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville]
Transcriptions of interviews with twenty Kentucky women who attended law schools before 1960.

MARRIAGE

Emma Spaulding Bryant Letters [Special Collections Library, Duke University]

Marriage, Women, and the Law [Research Libraries Group]

MASS
MEDIA

Ad* Access
Developed by: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
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

DoHistory
This site focuses on the life of Martha Ballard (1735-1812). Her diary includes much evidence about midwifery practices in the 18th century.

Nursing Posters from World War II [National Archives]

POLITICS

The Dolley Madison Project
This site organizes letters, images and timelines into four time periods: "Early Years," "Washington Years," "Montpelier Years," and "Widowhood."

PUBLIC
SPEAKERS

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches From Around the World [Sweet Briar College]

Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century
[University of Iowa Libraries] Includes digital images of publicity brochures for over 4500 performers and speakers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. A search for "women orators" yielded 86 records.

RELIGION

Kate and Sue McBeth, Missionary Teachers to the Nez Perce
Developed by: University of Idaho Libary

SOCIAL
REFORM

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement: An Online Archival Collection
Developed by: Special Collections Library, Duke University

The Emma Goldman Papers
Includes selections from Goldman's writings, sample documents and letters, photographs, and a Hearst newsreel.

Petitions to Congress [from NARA's NAIL Database]

Travels for Reform: The Early Works of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1852-1861
Developed by: Model Editions Partnership
This mini-edition focuses on the work of Anthony and Stanton as reformers in New York State.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930
Developed by: Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar
This collection of primary source documents is organized around numerous topical areas, such as "Women's Peace Mission to European Capitals, 1915," and "Women Suffragists and Partisan Politics, New York, 1920." Each of these different sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography.

STATE
HISTORY

California Heritage Collection [Bancroft Library, UC-Berkeley]

[Colorado] The Photography Collection [Denver Public Library]

Florida State Archives Photographic Collection

[Indiana] Hohenberger Photograph Collection [Indiana Univ.]

Kentuckiana Digital Library [Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library]

Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection Database

[North Dakota] The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920

TRAVEL

Women's Travel Writing, 1830-1930
Developed by: Electronic Text Research Center, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota


WOMEN'S
RIGHTS

Suffragists Oral History Project [UC-Berkeley Library]

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection, 1860-1920 [Library of Congress]

Votes for Women Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Developed by: Library of Congress

Worcester Women's History Project: Historical Resources
This site features documents from the 1850 National Women's Rights Convention.

WORLD
WAR II

Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI
This collection includes over 100 photos of women working in various plants during the early 1940s.

U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
[Library of Virginia]
This collection includes over 3,500 photographs from the Virginia Hampton Roads Embarkation Series, 1942-1946. Many of the personnel (administrators, clerks, mechanics, nurses, photographers) were women. A few search terms to try: WAC [Women's Army Corps], WAAC [Women's Army Auxiliary Corps], and nurse*.

WRITERS

A Celebration of Women Writers [Mary Mark Ockerbloom, editor]

COMMERCIAL
COLLECTIONS
Check with your local academic library to determine if you have access to the following collections. Links only provide an overview of the product.

CIS History Universe: Access to Women's Studies

International Women's Periodicals [Primary Source Media]

OTHER
DIRECTORIES

Directory of Digitized Collections

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web [Smithsonian Institution Libraries]


American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
kmiddlet@frank.mtsu.edu
Middle Tennessee State University Library