Discovering American Women's History Online

This database simplifies access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Abigail Franks' letters to her son from the 1730s and 1740s (Center for Jewish History) to Katrina Thomas' photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century.

Selection Criteria

Search and Browse Options

Users can search the database by keyword. Records in result sets will include all of the search terms entered. For instance, a search for immigrants Pennsylvania will retrieve records with both terms in the record. Researchers can also search across these fields:

  • women college students in the 1920s (1920-1929)
  • Civil War collections with diaries
  • oral history collections that include interviews with nurses

Parts of a Record

Thumbnail Many "short records" in the database include a thumbnail of an image from the collection that the record describes. The use of thumbnails in this way provides a visual cue to the content of the collection. Full records include a thumbnail caption field.


Notable Women


Primary Source Types

Credits and Acknowledgements

Women's History Sources
Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University