American Women's History: A Research Guide
Microform Research Collections
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  1. This guide focuses on collections that have been published for wide distribution. However, many libraries, particularly state libraries and historical society libraries, have unique microform collections. Citations to these collections are not included in this guide.
  2. Microform collections can often be obtained through a library's interlibrary loan department.
  3. Most microform collections include a collection guide. Read this guide to determine the scope and organization of the collection.
  4. Reviews of microform collections provide insights into how these collections can be used in research. Therefore, references to reviews in The Journal of American History and Microform Review appear after many of the citations to specific collections.
  5. The following articles discuss the use of microform collections in research:

    Broidy, Ellen. "Microforms: A Brief Narrative of Primary Research in a Secondary Place." Microform Review 20 (Spring 1991): 61-66.

    Gordon, Ann. "'Unthinkable' to be Without." Microform Review 22 (1993): 108-15.

    Huling, Nancy. "Microforms and the Discipline of History: A Selective Bibliography." Microform Review 20 (1991): 67-70.

    Microforms in Print

    Guide to Microforms in Print. Author, Title. Munich: K.G. Saur, 1978- . Annual.
    Subject Guide to Microforms in Print. Munich: K.G. Saur, 1978- . Annual.
    Reviewed by Susan Marie Szasz in Microform Review 20 (1991): 183-184.


    Dodson, Suzanne Cates. Microform Research Collections: A Guide. 2d ed. Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1984.

    Patterson, Elizabeth. "Women's Studies Resources in Microfilm." Microform Review 15 (Spring 1986): 99-102.

    ------. "Women's Studies Resources in Microform: An Update." Microform Review 18 (Spring 1989): 94-97.

    "Reviews of Women's Studies Microform Collections, Past and Present." Microform Review 24 (Summer 1995): 142-55.

    Microform Guides for Specific Libraries

    Columbia University Libraries []

    Duke University Library []

    Library of Congress Microform Reading Room []

    Middle Tennessee State University []

    Princeton University Library [http://infoshare1.Princeton.EDU:2003/online/guide/history_microforms/D.html]

    Rutgers University Libraries []

    State University of New York - Binghampton Libraries []

    UC-Berkeley Libraries []

    University of Chicago Library []

    University of Minnesota Libraries []

    University of Oregon Library System []

    University of Virginia Library []

    Vassar College Libraries []

    Yale University Library []

    Major Microform Publishers


    National Archives and Records Administration

    Primary Source Microfilm


    Scholarly Resources

    University Microfilms International

    University Publications of America

    Major General Collections

    Gerritsen Collection of Women's History. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1975-1977.
    Review: Microform Review 19 (Fall 1990): 221-23.

    History of Women. Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, 1975.
    Reviewed by Theodora P. Bostick in Microform Review 16 (Summer 1987): 249-50.

    Schlesinger Library Vertical File for Women's Studies. Cambridge, England: Chadwyck-Healey, 1990.

    American Women's History: A Research Guide
    Ken Middleton
    Todd Library, Middle Tennessee State University