|American Women's History: A Research Guide|
Bailey, Beth L. From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1988. 181p.
Lystra, Karen. Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-century America. New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Rothman, Ellen K. Hands and Hearts: A History of Courtship in
America. New York: Basic Books, c1984. 370p.
Catanese, Lynn Ann. Women's History: A Guide to Sources at Hagley
Museum and Library. Greenwood Press, 1997.
McKay, Diane, and Ginny Daley, comps. History of
in the Special Collections Library at Duke University [online]. August
1995 [cited 10 June 1997].
Available from: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/histsex.html.
the Generations: Exploring U.S. History Through Family Papers
[online]. Northampton, MA: Sophia Smith Collection, c2002 [cited 15
February 2003]. Available
Letter, Abraham Lincoln to Mary Owens Reflecting the Frustration of Courtship [online]. In Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years. Washington: Library of Congress, 1998. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mcchtml/corhome.html.
S. Hench Walter Reed Collection [online]. Charlottesville: University
of Virginia Health Sciences Library, c1998-2001. Available from:
Commercial Digital Collections
North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.:
Alexander Street Press, 2001- .
The following collections include numerous examples of courtship letters.
New England Women and Their Families in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Personal Papers, Letters, and Diaries. Series A, Manuscript Collections from the American Antiquarian Society. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1997. Reviewed in Microform & Imaging Review 27 (Spring 1998): 63-65.
Records of the Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution
through the Civil War.
Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1985- .
Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and
Diaries. Bethesda, Md.:
University Publications of America, 1991- .
McDowell, Sally, and John Miller. If You Love That Lady Don't Marry Her": The Courtship Letters of Sally McDowell and John Miller, 1854-1856. Edited by Thomas E. Buckley. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000.
Waxham, Ethel, et al. Lady's Choice Ethel Waxham's Journals & Letters,
1905-1910. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132