American Women's History: A Research Guide
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In 1916, the Nevada Women's Civic League of Reno, Nevada, sent the above petition in regard to suffrage in the West. This and other petitions filed by suffragists are available from NAIL, a database of selected holdings at the National Archives.




Bibliographies

Daley, Ginny, comp. American Woman Suffrage: A Pathfinder for Sources in Duke Libraries [online]. Last updated June 1996 [cited 28 February 1998]. Available from: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/suffrage.html.

Fischer, Gayle Veronica. "The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Woman Suffrage in the United States: A Bibliographic Essay." Journal of Women's History 7 (Fall 1995): 172-99.

Hartmere, Anne, comp. Suffrage [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, February 1998 [cited 21 June 2000]. Available from: http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles/libcolls/bksper/bibs/suffbib.htm.

Huls, Mary Ellen. United States Government Documents on Women, 1800-1990. Volume I: Social Issues. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.
Applicable chapters include "Discrimination and Women's Rights" and "Suffrage and Political Participation."

Kerns, Kathy, and Sally Willson Weimer. Feminist Movements in the U.S. [online]. Revised by Megan Adams. Collection Development Core Lists. [Chicago]: Women's Studies Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000; distributed by University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office. Available from: http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/WomensStudies/core/crfemmov.htm.

Kinnard, Cynthia D. Antifeminism in American Thought: An Annotated Bibliography. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, c1986. 321p.

Krichmar, Albert, ed al. The Women's Rights Movement in the United States, 1848-1970: A Bibliography and Sourcebook. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1972. 436p.

Magruder, Emily Daniell, comp. Married Women's Property Rights Bibliography [online]. 1998 [cited 10 April 1998]. Available from: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~women/bibs/bibl-property.html.

Middleton, Ken. Women's Rights [online]. In Women in Tennessee History: A Bibliography. 1997 [cited 6 March 1998]. Available from: http://www.mtsu.edu/~library/wtn/wtn-rite.html.

Ryan, Barbara. The Women's Movement: References and Resources. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996.

Tingley, Elizabeth, and Donald F. Tingley. Women and Feminism in American History: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 289p.


Biographical Sources

Many of the works cited in the Biographical Sources section include an appendix which lists women by area of achievement.

Huth, Mary M. Suffragist Biographies [online]. February 1995 [cited 20 October 1996]. Available from: http://www.rochester.edu/SBA/suffrag.html.

Scanlon, Jennifer, ed. Significant Contemporary American Feminists: A Biographical Sourcebook. Greenwood, 1999.


Encyclopedias/Historical Overviews

Boles, Janet K., and Diane Long Hoeveler. Historical Dictionary of Feminism. Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements, no. 6. Scarecrow, 1996.

Cott, Nancy, ed. History of Women in the United States: Historical Articles on Women's Lives and Activities. Vol. 19, Woman Suffrage. Munich: Saur, 1993.

Cushman, Clare, ed. Supreme Court Decisions and Women's Rights: Milestones to Equality. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press and The Supreme Court Historical Society, 2001.
This illustrated guide includes overviews of more than 75 Supreme Court cases. Topics covered include "Jury Duty," "Sex Discrimination," "Discrimination in the Workplace," "Sexual Harassment," "Pregnancy and Childbirth," and "Reproductive Rights."

Flexner, Eleanor. Century of Struggle: The Women's Rights Movement in the United States. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Frost-Knappman, Elizabeth, and Kathryn Cullen-Dupont, eds. Women's Rights on Trial: 101 Historic Trials from Anne Hutchinson to the Virginia Military Institute Cadets. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 478p.

Frost-Knappman, Elizabeth, with the assistance of Sarah Kurian. The ABC-CLIO Companion to Women's Progress in America. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1994.

Harlan, Judith. Feminism: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 1998.


Indexes & Journals

See the Finding Journal Articles section for additional information sources.

Index to Legal Periodicals. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1909- . Monthly. Also available online and on CD-ROM.

Law and History Review Index, Volumes 1 Through 14:2 [http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~law/lawhistbib.html]


Primary Sources: Archival Collection Guides

See the general Archival Collections section for additional information sources.

Daley, Ginny, comp. American Woman Suffrage: A Pathfinder for Sources in Duke Libraries [online]. [Durham, N.C.]: Duke University Libraries, August 1995 [cited 22 January 2001]. Available from: http://odyssey.lib.duke.edu/women/suffrage.html.

Hartmere, Anne, comp. Suffrage [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, February 1998 [cited 21 June 2000]. Available from: http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles/libcolls/bksper/bibs/suffbib.htm.

Two Sides of Feminism: Support for and Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. In Suggested Research Topics [online]. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, n.d. [cited 28 February 1998]. Available from: http://www.umich.edu/~bhl/bhl/topics/femini2.htm.

Women's Rights [online]. In The Florida State Archives: Collections Pertaining to Women's History and Women's Issues. [Tallahassee, Fla.: Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services, Bureau of Archives and Records Management, [1996]. Available from: http://www.dos.state.fl.us/dlis/barm/fsa/women'sguide.htm.

Women's Suffrage Association and League of Women Voters [online]. Dayton, Ohio: Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, n.d. [cited 18 September 1998]. Available from: http://www.dayton.lib.oh.us/archives/wsuff.htm.

The Women's Suffrage Movement in the U.S.: Selected Primary Sources in the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives [online]. Northampton, Mass.: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, n.d. [cited 10 April 1998]. Available from: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/ssc/subjsuffrage.html.


Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Cook, Lisa Connelly, and John McClymer. Worcester Women's History Project [online]. [cited 6 March 1998]. Available from: http://www.assumption.edu/HTML/academic/history/WWHP/front.html.

CWLU Herstory Project [http://www.cwluherstory.com]
This site uses a variety of sources (e.g., newsletters, posters) to document the history of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (1969-1977).

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement. Durham, N.C.: Special Collections Library, Duke University, April 1997 [cited 6 March 1998]. Available from: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/wlm/.

Huth, Mary M., curator. Upstate New York and the Women's Rights Movement. Rochester, N.Y.: Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester, 1995 [cited 6 March 1998]. Available from: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/rbk/women/women.htm.
Manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia from an exhibition at the Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester Library.

Lavender, Catherine. "Liberty Rhetoric" and Nineteenth-Century American Women [online]. c1998 [cited 1 November 2000]. Available from: http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/americanstudies/lavender/liberty.html. Lavender organizes a variety of primary sources into three sections: "The Origins of Liberty Rhetoric in the Revolutionary Tradition," "Uses of Liberty Rhetoric Among Lowell Mill Girls," and "Uses of Liberty Rhetoric Among Lowell Mill Girls." She also suggests questions that students could ask as they study the sources.

Suffragists Oral History Project Berkeley: Library, University of California, c1998. Available from: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/ROHO/ohonline/suffragists.html.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection, 1860-1920 [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, January 1997 [cited 6 March 1998]. Available from: http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html.

Votes for Women Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920 [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 26 August 1997 [cited 18 September 1998]. Available from: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/vfwhtml/vfwhome.html.



Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Cornell University Collection of Women's Rights Pamphlets, 1814-1912. Wooster, OH: Bell & Howell, [1974].

Emily Newell Blair Papers, 1785-1972. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1999.

Isabella Beecher Hooker Project: A Microfiche Edition of Her Papers and Suffrage-Related Correspondence Owned by the Stowe-Day Foundation. Millwood, N.Y.: KTO Microform, 1979.

Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association Records, 1894-1923. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1999.

National Woman's Party Papers: The Suffrage Years, 1913-1920. Sanford, N.C.: Microfilming Corp. of America, 1981.

Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1978.

The Papers of Edwin Doak & Lucia Ames Mead, 1876-1936. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1991. 11 microfilm reels.

The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1991.

Papers of Hannah Clothier Hull, 1889-1958. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1991. 6 microfilm reels.

The Records of the Women's Joint Congressional Committee. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1983. 7 microfilm reels.

Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Series 1: Woman's Suffrage. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1990- .
Review: Microform Review 24 (Summer 1995): 150-51.
Detailed online overviews of the five parts of this collection are provided by University Publications of America:

  • Part A: National Leaders
  • Part B: New York
  • Part C: The South
  • Part D: New England
  • Part E: The Midwest and Far West
  • Women's Suffrage in Wisconsin. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1989.
    Reviewed by Genevieve G. McBride in Journal of American History (March 1993): 1704-1706.


    Primary Sources: Selected Books

    Bosch, Mineke, ed. Politics and Friendship: Letters from the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, 1902-1942. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1990.

    Kimmel, Michael S., and Thomas E. Mosmiller, eds. Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990: A Documentary History. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 1992.

    Langley, Winston E., and Vivian C. Fox, eds. Women's Rights in the United States: A Documentary History. Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues Series. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. 356p.

    Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Vol. 1, In the School of Anti-slavery, 1840-1866. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1997.


    Talking About Women's History

    Cobble, Dorothy Sue. Working Class Feminism: The Other Women's Movement [online]. Interviewed by George Liston Seay. Talking History, 8 June 2000.

    Dubois, Ellen. The 150th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls: A Talk with Ellen Dubois [online]. Talking History, 13 July 1998. Available from: http://cuwebradio.creighton.edu/history/arch98.html.



    American Women's History: A Research Guide

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