American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Middleton, Ken, comp. Aviation [online]. In Women in Tennessee History: A Bibliography. Last updated 17 October 1997 [cited 24 July 1998]. Available from:

Biographical Sources & Encyclopedias

Welch, Rosanne. Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1998.

Women in Aviation and Space History [online]. Washington, D.C.: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, [2000]. Available from:
Biographical profiles of over 40 women.

Networking Tools: Associations

American Aviation Historical Association []

Primary Sources: Archives & Museums

Gull, Cloyd Dake, ed. A Guide to Sources for Air and Space History; Primary Historical Collections in United States Repositories [online]. Washington, D.C.: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1994 [cited 18 February 1998]. Available from:

International Women's Air & Space Museum []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections [online]. Wichita: Wichita State University Special Collections and University Archives, n.d. [cited 24 July 1998]. Available from:
Find the heading, "Women--Aviation," in this subject index to manuscript collections at Wichita State.

Seeley, Charlotte Palmer, comp. American Women and the U.S. Armed Forces: A Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National Archives Relating to American Women. Revised by Virginia C. Purdy and Robert Gruber. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.
See "Earhart, Amelia," "Pilots" and "Women Airforce Service Pilots" in the index.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots Collection, Texas Woman's University []
In addition to information about its growing collection of personal papers, official records, and other materials, this site offers a historical overview of the WASP.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Arizona Aviation History: The Ruth Reinhold Collection [online]. Arizona Historical Foundation. Available from:

The Fly Girls [American Experience, PBS] This site highlights the experience of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during World War II. The Primary Source Documents section includes WASP statistics, official correspondence, pilot records, letters and articles written by WASPS and WAFS, and more.

The George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers [online]. W. Lafayette: Purdue University Libraries, [2002- ]. Available from:

Jacqueline Cochran and the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) [online]. Abilene, KS: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, n.d. [cited 4 August 2005]. Available from: Includes letters, reports, and photographs that document Cochran's career.

NASA Oral History Project: Aviatrix Pioneers [online]. [Houston]: Johnson Space Center, updated 13 September 2004 [cited 18 February 2005]. Available from:

Visual Information Access (VIA) [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University Library, 1999- . Available from:
VIA is a union catalog of visual resources at Harvard's museums and libraries. A "name" search for Earhart, Amelia retrieves over 200 records. A keyword search for air pilots and women retrieves records for a few more pilots (e.g., Harriet Quimby).

Women Airforce Service Pilots [online]. [Denton, TX]: Texas Woman's University Libraries, n.d. [cited 3 February 2003]. Available from:
Photographs, oral histories, and more.

Talking About Women's History

Ackmann, Martha. 'The Mercury 13': Training U.S. Women for Space [Interview online]. Interviewed by Melissa Block. All Things Considered, National Public Radio, 17 June 2003. Available from: [8:19]

Butler, Susan. [Interview] [online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes, 14 December 1997. Available from: Butler discusses her book, East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State University Library