An MTSU Library Research Guide

This document is designed specifically for students in Mary Hoffschwelle's Southern Women's History course. Remember to ask at the reference desk if you need assistance. You may also contact Ken Middleton by phone (898-2549), or by email [].


Brown, Jessica S., ed. The American South: A Historical Bibliography. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1985.

Clinton, Catherine. "In Search of Southern Women's History: The Current State of Academic Publishing." Georgia Historical Quarterly 76 (Summer 1992): 420-427.

Farr, Sidney Saylor. Appalachian Women: An Annotated Bibliography. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, [1981].
CALL NUMBER: 305.40974 F24a

Goodfriend, Joyce D. The Published Diaries and Letters of American Women: An Annotated Bibliography. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1987.
CALL NUMBER: 920.073 G61p

Nybakken, Elizabeth. "Bibliography: 'Women in Southern History.'" [cited 18 December 1996]. Available from

Timberlake, Andrea, et al., eds. Women of Color and Southern Women: A Bibliography of Social Science Research, 1975-1988. Memphis: Center for Research on Women, Memphis State University, 1988. 264p.
CALL NUMBER: 305.4 T48w

Biographical Sources

James, Edward T., ed. Notable American Women, 1607-1950. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
CALL NUMBER: R920.72 N84

McGill, Frank N. Great Lives from History: American Women Series. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1995.
CALL NUMBER: R920.72 G79w

Sicherman, Barbara, and Carol Hurd Green, eds. Notable American Women: The Modern Period. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1980.
CALL NUMBER: R920.72 N84 1951-75

Smith, Jessie Carney, ed. Notable Black American Women. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992.
CALL NUMBER: R920.72 N84b 1992

---. Notable Black American Women: Book II. Detroit: Gale Research, 1996.
CALL NUMBER: R920.72 N84ba 1996


Roller, David C. The Encyclopedia of Southern History. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.
CALL NUMBER: 975 En2 1979

Wilson, Charles Reagan, and William Ferris. Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
CALL NUMBER: R975.003 En1

Zophy, Angela Howard, ed. Handbook of American Women's History. New York: Garland, 1990. 763p. (R305.4 H191) An excellent place to begin when one is new to a topic in the field. It includes "...summary definitions with focused bibliography for crucial concepts, events, organizations and various historical persons" (from the Introduction).

Primary Sources Online

Alice Williamson Diary: An Online Archival Collection. Special Collections Library, Duke University. []

The National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921. Library of Congress. []

Women in United States History: An Online Research Guide
Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132