American Women's History: A Research Guide
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McMillen, Sally G. "Selected Sources." In Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990.

Historical Overviews & Edited Collections of Articles

Apple, Rima D., and Janet Golden, eds. Mothers & Motherhood: Readings in American History. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1997.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Catanese, Lynn Ann. Women's History: A Guide to Sources at Hagley Museum and Library. Greenwood Press, 1997.
See the index for coverage of "Childrearing," "Mother-daughter relations," and "Motherhood."

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Commercial Digital Collections

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
The "Personal Events" section provides quick access to documents that pertain to such topics as childbirth, death of a child, and physical illness of a child.

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Ladd-Taylor, Molly, ed. Raising a Baby the Government Way: Mothers' Letters to the Children's Bureau, 1915-1932. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c1986. Ladd-Taylor notes in her useful introduction that women wrote as many as 125,000 letters a year to the Children's Bureau. She provides transcriptions of over 100 of these letters.

Payne, Karen. Between Ourselves: Letters Between Mothers and Daughters, 1750-1982. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983. 416p.

Talking About Women's History

Angelo, Bonnie. First Mothers [Interview online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes, 5 November 2000. Available from:

Grant, Julia. A History of [U.S.] Child-Rearing Manuals [online]. Interviewed by Dennis Mihelich. Talking History, 4 May 2000. Available from:

Leavitt, Judith. Mother's Day Special--Child Birth from a Woman's Perspective [Interview online]. Talking History, 27 April 1998. Available from:

Mintz, Steven. The American Family [Interview online]. Talking History, 17 September 2001. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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