American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Bibliographies

Essential Readings in American Jewish History [online]. American Jewish Historical Society, 1996 [cited 22 June 1997]. Available from: http://ajhs.org/reference/essential_readings.cfm.

Nelson, Anna, comp. American Jewish Women's Identity: An Annotated Bibliography. Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal [online]. 1998, vol.1, no.2 [cited 1 September 1998]. Available from: http://www.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/journal/vol1n2/v1n2.htm.

RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies [online]. Jerusalem: The Jewish National and University Library, [1985- ].
Try a search for women USA.

Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America [online]. 1997 [cited 4 December 1997]. Available from: http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/WomensStudies/jewwom/jwmain.htm.
See the Supplement for coverage of works published from 1997 to 2001.


Biographical Sources/Encyclopedias

Hyman, Paula, and Deborah Dash Moore, eds. Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 1997.
The 800 biographical entries range in length from 500 to 2,500 words. In addition, over 100 entries cover organizations and other topics (e.g., social reform).


Historical Overviews

Diner, Hasia R., and Beryl Lieff Benderly. Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America From Colonial Times to the Present. New York: Basic Books, 2002. 462p.


Journals

American Jewish Archives Journal [http://www.huc.edu/aja/journal.htm]

American Jewish History [http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/american_jewish_history/index.html]

Southern Jewish Journal [http://www.jewishsouth.org/journal_new.htm]

Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal [http://www.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/]


Networking Tools: Associations & Discussion Groups

American Jewish Historical Society [http://www.ajhs.org/]


Primary Sources: Archival Collections

See the Archival Collections section for additional information sources.

Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America [online]. 1997 [cited 5 March 1998]. Available from: http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/WomensStudies/jewwom/jwmain.htm.


Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Florida State Archives Photograph Collection [online]. Tallahassee, Fl.: Florida State Archives, updated 21 July 2000 [cited 14 September 2000]. Available from: http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/.
A search for Jewish women as a subject produced over 200 records. Most of these photographs are part of the Mosaic Photo Collection, which includes 650 photographs that document the contributions of the Jewish community to Florida's history and culture.

Images of Pioneer Jewish Families [online]. Denver: Penrose Library, University of Denver, n.d. [cited 17 July 2003]. Available from: http://library.du.edu/About/collections/SpecialCollections/ImagesofPioneerJewishFamilies.cfm.
These photographs of individuals, community events, and material culture sources (e.g., clothing, religious objects) document the lives of Colorado Jewish families.

Jewish Women's Archive [online]. Brookline, Mass.: Jewish Women's Archive, 1999. Available from: http://www.jwa.org/
This site offers in-depth profiles of "Women of Valor," information about an ambitious plan to create a virtual archive, and a variety of current awareness resources.

JNUL Ketubbot Database [online]. Jerusalem: Jewish National and University Library, Hebrew University, 2000- . Available from: http://jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/ketubbot/.
This collection includes over 1200 images of ketubbot (marriage contracts). See the Country List to locate ketubbot from the United States.

Oral History Digital Collections [online]. Youngstown, OH: William F. Maag Jr. Library, Youngstown State University, updated March 2002 [cited 25 June 2002]. Available from: http://www.maag.ysu.edu/oralhistory/oral_hist.html.
Select "Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)" and/or "Jews -- Ohio -- Youngstown" from the list of subject headings.

Southern Jews Tell Their Stories [online]. Charleston, SC: Special Collections, Robert Scott Small Library, College of Charleston, n.d. [cited 12 July 2002]. Available from: http://www.cofc.edu/~jhc/stories/intro.html. Excerpts from oral history interviews, organized by topic (e.g., "Immigration," "Identity").

Unpacking On the Prairie: Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest [online]. St. Paul: Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, c2001 [cited 23 July 2001]. Available from: http://www.jhsum.org/jewishwomenexhibit/.
This site includes numerous photographs and excerpts from oral history interviews.

Visual Information Access (VIA) [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University Library, 1999- . Available from: http://via.harvard.edu.
VIA is a union catalog of visual resources at Harvard's museums and libraries. Records include thumbnail images. A keyword search for Jews, American and women retrieved over 160 records. Try the "name" search (e.g., Barron, Jennie Loitman) to retrieve additional records.

Commercial Digital Collections

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
The "Find Authors" search screen includes a "religion" limit. The collection includes letters by Rebecca Gratz, Emma Lazarus, and numerous other Jewish American women.


Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Anna Strunsky Walling Papers. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Photoduplication Service, 1982. 20 microfilm reels. A biographical profile of Walling can be found in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 1997).

Rose Pastor Stokes Papers, 1900-1958. [New Haven, Conn.] : Yale University Photographic Service, 1982. 7 microfilm reels.
Includes correspondence, political tracts, speeches, published columns, pamphlets, posters, and other papers. Much of the material relates to her activities with the American Communist Party and the Socialist Party. A biographical profile of Stokes can be found in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 1997).


Primary Sources: Selected Books

Apte, Helen Jacobus. Heart of a Wife: The Diary of a Southern Jewish Woman. Edited by Marcus D. Rosenbaum. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1998.
Online review in American Jewish Archives Journal.


Talking About Women's History

Jewish Heritage on Beacon Hill [online]. WGBH Forum Network, 17 February 2005. Available from: http://forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/forum.php?lecture_id=1780.


Related Web Sites

Web Resources in American Jewish History [online]. American Jewish Historical Society, 1996- [cited 5 March 1998]. Available from: http://www.ajhs.org/reference/Links.cfm.




American Women's History: A Research Guide

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