American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Historical Overviews

Jeffrey, Julie Roy. The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c1998. 311p.

Yee, Shirley J. Black Women Abolitionists: A Study in Activism. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992. 204p.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

A Brief History of the Anti-Slavery Collection [online]. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Library, 1998 [cited 31 July 2001]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Railton, Stephen. Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture [online]. [Charlottesville, Va.] : University of Virginia, The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, 1998- [cited 16 May 2002]. Available from:

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection [online]. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Library, Rare and Manuscript Collections, 2002- [cited 6 June 2002]. Available from:
Searchable digital collection of pamphlets and leaflets. Activities of women's societies in opposing slavery are heavily documented.

Commercial Collections

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
Limit a search to abolitionist in the "Occupation" category on the "Find - Authors" and "Search Texts - Advanced" search screens. The collection includes letters/diaries by Lydia Maria Francis Child, Sarah Grimké, Angelina Grimké Weld, and others.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865. [Sanford, N.C.]: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1981. 17 microfilm reels.

Lydia Maria Child: The Collected Correspondence, 1817-1880. Milwood, N.Y.: KTO Microform, 1979.

Papers of the Blackwell Family. [Washington, D.C.] : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1979. 76 microfilm reels.

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Grimke, Angelina. Walking by Faith: The Diary of Angelina Grimke, 1828-1835. Edited by Charles Wilbanks. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.

Mott, Lucretia. Selected Letters of Lucretia Mott. Edited by Beverly Wilson Palmer with Holly Byers Ochoa and Carol Faulkner. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2002. 580p.

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

Hedrick, Joan. Uncle Tom's Cabin [Interview online]. Talking History, 25 February 2002. Available from:
Hedrick won the Pulitzer Prize for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. History of Boston's 19th Century Free African American Communities [Lecture online]. Museum of Afro-American History, 25 January 2003. Available from:
The authors discuss the importance of these communities in the antislavery movement.

Larson, Kate Clifford. Harriet Tubman: Bound for Freedom [Lecture online]. Boston Athenaeum, 10 February 2004. Available from:

Scholars in Action: Analyze Abolitionist Speeches [online]. In History Matters. Fairfax, VA: Center for History and New Media; New York : American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 1998- [cited 24 March 2005]. Available from:
Historian Carla Peterson interprets speeches by Sojourner Truth (1852) and Frances Watkins Harper (1857).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132