American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Bibliographies & Research Guides

Berrol, Selma Cantor. "Bibliographic Essay." In Growing Up American: Immigrant Children in America, Then and Now. Twayne's History of American Childhood Series. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.

Cordasco, Francesco. The Immigrant Woman in North America: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected References. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1985.

Gabaccia, Donna. "Bibliographical Essay." In From the Other Side: Women, Gender, & Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990. Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1994.

Gabaccia, Donna, comp. Immigrant Women in the United States: A Selectively Annotated Multidisciplinary Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989. 325p.

Hoglund, A. William. Immigrants and Their Children in the United States: A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations. New York: Garland, 1986. 491p.

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 Press, 1993.
See Chapter 6, "Citizenship and Immigration."

Wood, Virginia Steele, comp. Immigrant Arrivals: A Guide to Published Sources [online]. Washington, D.C.: Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress, 1997 [cited 8 August 1998]. Available from:

Encyclopedias & Overviews

Cordasco, Francesco, ed. Dictionary of American Immigration History. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990.

Gabaccia, Donna. From the Other Side: Women, Gender, and Immigrant Life in the U.S., 1820-1990. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Online review by Linda Schelbitzki Pickle for H-Ethnic, available from

Networking Tools

National Association for Ethnic Studies []

H-Ethnic Discussion Group []

Primary Sources: Archival Collection Guides

See the section, Archival Collections, for additional information sources.


Buttlar, Lois J., and Lubomyr R. Wynar, comps. Guide to Information Sources in Ethnic Museum, Library, and Archival Collections in the United States. Bibliographies and Indexes in Ethnic Studies, no. 7. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Specific Collections

Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota []

Wurl, Joel, and Suzanna Moody, comps. and eds. The Immigration History Research Center: A Guide to Collections. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1991. 472p.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Belgian-American Research Collection [online]. Madison: University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, [2002]. Available from:

COLLAGE [online]. Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2002- [cited 1 July 2002]. Available from:

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive [online]. n.d. [cited 8 March 2004]. Available from:
This project highlights ethnic collections from leading archives in Idaho, and Oregon, and Washington.

Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration, 1902-1913 [online]. New York: NYPL Digital Gallery, 2005. Available from:
This collection includes about 25 photographs of female immigrants.

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942 [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2000. Available from:
Includes folktales, folksongs, and interviews that document a variety of immigrant/ethnic cultures.

Germans from Russia on the Trail to Colorado [online]. Fort Collins: Colorado State University, updated 6 April 2004 [cited 17 November 2004]. Available from:
Oral history transcripts and audio extracts.

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 [online]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, 2006- [cited 24 November 2006]. Available from:

Oral History Digital Collections [online]. Youngstown, OH: William F. Maag Jr. Library, Youngstown State University, updated March 2002 [cited 25 June 2002]. Available from:
The site includes subject headings for specific immigrant groups (e.g., Greek Americans, Irish Americans).

Oroitzapenak Memories: Basque Oral History Project [online]. Boise, ID: Basque Museum & Cultural Center, 2001- [cited 6 December 2004]. Available from:

Visual Information Access (VIA) [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University Library, 1999- . Available from:

Visual Resources Database [online]. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, [1998- ]. Available from:
Offers access to over 75,000 digital images of photographs, posters, artwork, and fine art photographs. Search for specific immigrant groups (Norwegian Americans, Swedish Americans, etc.).

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

American Immigrant Autobiographies. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1990.

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Series A: Subject Correspondence Files. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America.

Voices from Ellis Island: An Oral History of American Immigration. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1988.

Primary Sources: Statistics

Gibson, Campbell J., and Emily Lennon. Historical Statistics on Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-1990 [online]. Washington, D.C.: Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, February 1999 [cited 7 August 1999]. Available from:

Talking About Women's History

Diner, Hasia. Foodways of Immigrants [Interview online]. Interviewed by Jim Madison. Talking History, October 2002. Available from:

Gabaccia, Donna. Immigrant Women: A Talk with Historian Donna Gabaccia [Interview online]. Talking History, 8 March 1999. Available from:


The Immigrant Experience in America [online]. Berkeley: Media Resources Center, Moffitt Library, University of California Berkeley, updated 25 July 2000 [cited 17 August 2000]. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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