American Women's History: A Research Guide
Public Speaking
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Biographical Sources

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs, ed. Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993. 509p.

------. Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994.

Leeman, Richard, ed. African American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

We Shall Be Heard: Women Speakers in America, 1828-Present. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, c1983.



Finding Speeches

Manning, Beverley. Index to American Women Speakers, 1828-1978. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1980. 672p.
An index to over 3,000 speeches from 225 sources.


Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Oetting, Dan, ed. Douglass: Archives of American Public Address [online]. Last update, 18 January 1998 [cited 3 March 1998]. Available from: http://douglassarchives.org/.

Ellis, Kate, and Stephen Smith, ed. Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches [online]. American RadioWorks, 2005 [cited 24 April 2005]. Available from: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/sayitplain/index.html.
Text and audio from speeches by Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Barbara Jordan.

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches From Around the World [Sweet Briar College]

Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century. Iowa City: University of Iowa Libraries, n.d. [cited 31 July 2000]. Available from: http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/traveling-culture/.
Includes digital images of publicity brochures for over 4500 performers and speakers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. A search for "women orators" yielded 86 records.

Visual Information Access [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University Library, 1999- . This database includes numerous images of women giving speeches. Enter women and orators as keywords.

Women - Dare We Not Discriminate? [online]. Harvard Law School Forum, 18 February 1966. Available from: http://www.law.harvard.edu/studorgs/forum/audio.html.
Speakers included Betty Friedan, Mary I. Bunting, and Pauli Murray.


Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Records of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1918-1965. Part I: Reports of the Director, Annual Summaries, Major Conferences, Speeches, and Articles. Frederick, Md : University Publications of America, 1987- .
Includes the text of over 400 speeches by women officials of the bureau.


Primary Sources: Speeches in Books

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. Men Cannot Speak for Her. 2 vols. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Linkugel, Wil A., and Martha Solomon. Anna Howard Shaw: Suffrage Orator and Social Reformer. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Waggenspack, Beth Marie. The Search for Sovereignty: The Oratory of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.



American Women's History: A Research Guide
Ken Middleton kmiddlet@frank.mtsu.edu
Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University