American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Biographical Sources

Principal officers of the Department of State and United States Chiefs of Mission [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Dept. of State, [2001- ]. Available from:

Historical Overviews

Calkin, Homer L. Women in American Foreign Affairs. Washington, D.C.: Department of State, 1977. 311p.

Crapol, Edward P., ed. Women and American Foreign Policy: Lobbyists, Critics, and Insiders. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, c1992. 200p.

Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri. Changing Differences: Women and the Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1917-1994. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1995.

Networking Tools: Associations & Discussion Lists

H-Diplo Discussion List []

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Foreign Affairs Oral History Project [online]. Washington, DC: Special Collections, Georgetown University Library, n.d. [cited 24 July 2002]. Available from:
Includes interviews from the Foreign Service Family Project, the Women Ambassadors' Project, and other projects.

Harvey, Sheridan, Janice Ruth, Barbara Natson, Sara Day, and Evelyn Sinclair, eds. American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2001.
See pages 164-167 for a brief overview of manuscript collections that include information about Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde, Florence Jaffray Hurst Harriman, Clare Boothe Luce, Patricia Harris, Mabel Smythe, and Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman. The author also notes that many papers of male diplomats include letters and diaries that were written by their wives or other female relatives.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Commercial Collections

Bentley, Marilyn, and Marie Warner, eds. Frontline Diplomacy: The U.S. Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection [CD-ROM]. Arlington, Va.: Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, c2000.
Overview of the collection and the CD-ROM. Includes transcripts of 893 individual histories.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
Limit a search to Diplomat's Wife in the "Occupation" category on the "Find - Authors" and "Search Texts - Advanced" search screens.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Foreign Relations of the United States: Diplomatic Papers, 1861- . Washington: U.S. Department of State, 1861- .
The primary source for diplomatic correspondence between the United States and foreign countries. As an example, see Daisy Harriman's correspondence from Norway in Foreign Relations of the United States, 1940, vol. 1.

Hunter, Mary Robinson. A Diplomat's Lady in Brazil: Selections from the Diary of Mary Robinson Hunter, 1834-1848. Edited by Evelyn M. Cherpak. Newport, RI.: Newport Historical Society, 2001. 435p.

Morin, Ann Miller. Her Excellency: An Oral History of American Women Ambassadors. New York: Twayne, 1995.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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