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"Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI."
Library of Congress. Available from
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Armstrong, Sarah. "Work, Womanpower, and World War II." Reference
Services Review 26 (Spring 1998): 31-36, 42.
Campbell, D'Ann. "Women in the Military [Bibliographic Essay]." Choice 31 (September 1993): 63-70.
Friedl, Vicki L. Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.
Hartmann, Susan M. "Essay on Sources." In The Home Front and Beyond: American Women in the 1940s. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982.
Jeansonne, Glen. "Bibliographical Essay." In Women of the Far Right: The Mother's Movement and World War II. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Scrivener, Laurie. "U.S. Military Women in World War II: The SPAR, WAC,
WAVES, WASP, and Women Marines in U.S. Government
Publications." Journal of Government Publications 26
(1999): 361-83. This annotated bibliography includes sections covering
"General Works," "Representative Congressional
Activity," "Recruiting," and miscellaneous publications.
Records Center [http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html]
Larson, C. Kay. 'Til I Come Marching Home: A Brief History of American Women in World War II. Pasadena, Md.: The MINERVA Center, 1995.
Poulos, Paula Nassen, ed. A Woman's War Too: U.S. Women in the Military in World War II. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996. 406p.
Sherrow, Victoria. Women and the Military: An Encyclopedia.
ABC-CLIO, 1996. 381p.
MINERVA: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military. Pasadena,
Md.: The MINERVA Center, 1983- .
H-Minerva: Women in the
Military, Women and War [http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~minerva/]
See the general Archival Collections section for additional information sources.
Collections Relating to Women and War [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, 2002- [cited 1 November 2004]. Available from: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/Topical_holdings_lists/WomenandWar.htm.
McDaid, Jennifer Davis, comp. Virginia Women and the Second World War [online]. Richmond: Library of Virginia, February 2001 [cited 12 January 2002]. Available from: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/notes/WomenofWWI.pdf.
The WAVES Collection [online]. [Stillwater]: Oklahoma State University Library, last updated 9 July 1998 [cited 9 October 1998]. Available from: http://www.library.okstate.edu/scua/women/Waves.htm.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots Collection [online]. Denton: Texas Woman's University, n.d. [cited 25 July 1998]. Available from: http://www.twu.edu/wasp/.
at War [online]. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Albert A. Gore, Sr., Research
Center, Middle Tennessee State University, n.d. [cited 5 October
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002 [cited 19 October 2003]. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/afcphhtml/afcphhome.html.
Photographs from the FSA and OWI [online].
[Washington, D.C.]: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of
Congress, 1998 [cited 19 September 2000]. Available from:
Ground Beneath Our Feet -- Virginia Fights: World War Two
[online]. Charlottesville: The Virginia Center for Digital History,
n.d. [cited 3 July 2003]. Available
Historic Government Publications from World War II: A Digital Library [online]. Dallas, TX: Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University, n.d. [cited 7 April 2002]. Available from: http://worldwar2.smu.edu/.
Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA) [online]. Regents of the University of California, c2000. Available from: http://jarda.cdlib.org/.
History Digital Collection [online]. Youngstown, OH: William F. Maag
Jr. Library, Youngstown State University, updated March 2002 [cited 7
July 2002]. Available
[online]. Canberra: National Library of Australia, n.d. [cited 26 March
2004]. Available from: http://www.pictureaustralia.org/index.html
Riveter WWII American Homefront Project [online]. Berkeley:
Regional Oral History Office, University of California,
2006 [cited 22 December 2006]. Available from:
Riveters [online]. Midwest City: Eastern Oklahoma County Regional
History Center, Rose State College, updated 8 October 2004 [cited 18
February 2005]. Available
Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II [online]. [New Brunswick]: Department of History at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, updated 31 January 2001 [cited 26 February 2001]. Available from: http://fas-history.rutgers.edu/oralhistory/orlhom.htm.
Student Voices from World War II and the McCarthy Era: An Oral History Website [online]. New York: City University of New York's Brooklyn College, John Jay College, and The Center for Media and Learning/American Social History Project at the Graduate Center, CUNY, n.d. [cited 19 July 2002]. Available from: http://www.ashp.cuny.edu/oralhistory/index.html.
to Comradeship": World War I and II Posters [online].
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Libraries, 1999- [cited 9 April
Photograph Collection [online]. Richmond, VA: The Library of
Virginia, n.d. [cited 19 September 2000]. Available from:
Veterans History Project [online]. Washington, DC: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2000- [cited 1 November 2004]. Available from: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/.
WASP Digital Photograph Project [online]. Denton: Texas Woman's University, updated 15 June 2004 [cited 1 November 2004]. Available from: http://www.twu.edu/wasp/waspphotos.htm.
Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, November 1995 [cited 17 June 1997]. Available from: http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html.
War II Iowa Press Clippings Digital Collection [online].
This collection from the State Historical Society of Iowa includes 2970
Women's military activity.
National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses Records,
1908-1951. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1995. 2 microfilm
Records of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor,
1918-1965. Part II: Women in World War II. University
Publications of America.
The WAVES: Records of the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for
Women. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1991.
See the general Oral History section for additional information sources.
Horowitz, Roger. "Oral History and the Story of America and World War
II." Journal of American History 82 (September 1995): 617-24.
The Books with Primary Sources section includes suggestions for finding additional primary sources in books.
Litoff, Judy Barrett, and David C. Smith, eds. Since You Went
Away: World War II Letters from American Women on the Home Front.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
------. We're in This War Too: World War II Letters from American Women
in Uniform. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Brysac, Shareen. Mildred Harnack
[online]. Interviewed by Bryan Le Beau. Talking History, 27
August 2001. Available
Harvey, Sheridan. Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers in World War II [online]. Journeys and Crossings, Library of Congress, 12 September 2003. Available from: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/journey/rosie.html.
Norman, Elizabeth. [Interview]
[online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes. C-SPAN, 15
August 1999. Available from:
Wetherford, Doris. American Women and World WarII [online]. Interviewed by Dennis Mihelich, 28 October 1999. Available from: http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/arch99july-december.html.
War II Diary and Lost Love [online]. Morning
Edition. National Public Radio, 3 March 2004. Available
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