American Women's History: A Research Guide
Major Digital Collections
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American Memory [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, National Digital Library Program, 1994- .

ARC: Archival Research Catalog [online]. Washington, DC: National Archives & Records Administration, [2002- ]. Available from:

Dublin, Thomas, and Kathryn Kish Sklar. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 [online]. 1997- [cited 4 May 2001]. Available from:
This collection of primary source documents is organized around numerous topical areas. Each of these different sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography.

Making of America [Cornell] [online]. [Ithaca, NY] : Cornell University, 1995- . Available from:
Documents American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The Cornell site provides access to 267 monographs and 22 journals with imprints from 1840 to 1900.

Making of America [University of Michigan] [online]. [Ann Arbor, MI] : University of Michigan, 1995- . Available from:
The University of Michigan site provides access to 1,600 books and ten journals with imprints from 1850 to 1877.

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. The catalog provides access to thousands of digitized photographs from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Women Working, 1870-1930 [online]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, 2004- [cited 20 April 2004]. Available from:
This major collection includes digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections.

Commercial Collections

Check your local university library to determine if you have access to one or more of the following collections.

Access to Women's Studies: CIS History Universe. [Washington, D.C.]: Congressional Information Service, 2000- .

The Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online. [Alexandria, Va.] : Chadwyck-Healey, [2000]. Overview from the publisher

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher
The collection includes more than 150,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years. The advanced search allows one to limit a search to over 20 possible fields (e.g., age when writing, marital status, religion, occupation, etc.).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State University Library