American Women's History: A Research Guide
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By the People, For the People:
Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943


HistMed [database online]. Bethesda, Md.: National Library of Medicine, 1970- . Updated weekly.

Huls, Mary Ellen. United States Government Documents on Women, 1800-1990: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Vol. 1, Social Issues. Bibliographies and Indexes in Women's Studies, no. 17. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1993. Applicable chapters include "Health," "Fertility and Maternity," "Federal Maternal Health Programs," and "Birth Control and Abortion.

Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. Health and Biology [online]. In The History of Women and Science, Health, and Technology: A Bibliographic Guide to the Professions and the Disciplines. Madison: University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian, 1993 [cited 10 July 2000]. Available from:

Historical Overviews

Apple, Rima D. Women, Health, and Medicine in America: A Historical Handbook. New York: Garland, 1990.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections


Appel, Toby A. Selected Special Collections and Archives in the History of Medicine [online]. Updated 26 May 2000 [cited 5 September 2000]. Available from:

Specific Archives

Catanese, Lynn Ann. Women's History: A Guide to Sources at Hagley Museum and Library. Greenwood Press, 1997.
See the index for coverage of "Health and illness."

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 the index for coverage of "Health," "Hospitals," "Maternity," "Pregnancy," and "Venereal disease."

Selected Subject List for Iowa Women's Archives [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, January 1997 [cited 14 June 2000]. Available from:
See Disease and illness.

Women's Health Issues [online]. In The Florida State Archives: Collections Pertaining to Women's History and Women's Issues. [Tallahassee, Fla.]: Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services, Bureau of Archives and Records Management, [1996]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 [online]. [Washington, DC]: Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, 2000 [cited 12 September 2000]. Available from:

Halnon, Mary, ed. Health. In Women in America, 1820-1842. Available from:

Commercial Digital Collections

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
The "Personal Events" section provides quick access to documents that mention "physical illness of author."

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

The History of Science, Health, and Women. Woodbridge, CT : Primary Source Microfilm, 2000.
Overview from the publisher

Records of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1918-1965. Part I: Reports of the Director, Annual Summaries, Major Conferences, Speeches, and Articles. Frederick, Md : University Publications of America, 1987- .
This collection includes about 40 documents about health and safety in the industrial setting.

Women and Health Collection. Berkeley, Calif. : Women's History Research Center ; distributed by Micrographic Systems of Connecticut, c1974. 14 microfilm reels.

Talking About Women's History

Lerner, Barron. [Interview]. Interviewed by Terry Gross. Fresh Air. National Public Radio, 24 May 2001. Available from: Select "previous shows." Lerner discusses his book, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America (New York : Oxford University Press, 2001).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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