American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Lomio, J. Paul, comp. Women's Legal History Biography Project: Bibliography [online]. n.d. [cited 10 September 1999]. Available from:

Biographical Sources

Judges of the United States Courts [online]. Washington, D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 2000- . Available from:

Salokar, Rebecca Mae, and Mary L. Volcansek, eds. Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Women's Legal History Biography Project [online]. Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School, n.d. [cited 15 March 1999]. Available from:
This impressive site includes biographical information on over 100 women lawyers.

Historical Overviews

Drachman, Virginia G. Sisters in Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Networking Tools: Associations & Related Organizations

Commission on Women in the Profession [American Bar Assoc.] []

H-Law []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

See the Archival Collections section for additional information sources.

Law Library [online]. In Guide to Women's Archival Collections at the University of Louisville Libraries. Louisville, Ky.: University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, 1997 [cited 5 October 2000]. Available from:

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:
Note: Select "L," then find the "Lawyers" heading.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Agents of Social Change: Lesson Plans and Primary Documents from the 20th Century for Middle and High School Students [online]. Northampton, MA: The Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, c2001.
The site includes documentation of the careers of lawyers Constance Baker Motley, Dorothy Kenyon, and Mary Kaufman.

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. Records include thumbnail images. Although a keyword search for Judges and women retrieves numerous records, additional records can be found using the "name" search (e.g., Barron, Jennie Loitman, Sampson, Edith Spurlock).

Commercial Collections

Check your local university library to determine if you have access to the following collection.

Access to Women's Studies: CIS History Universe. [Washington, D.C.]: Congressional Information Service, 2000- .
Includes materials from the Florence Ellinwood Allen Papers. Allen (1884-1966) was the first woman candidate for the Supreme Court.

Talking About Women's History

"Keynote: Women and the Law." In Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History [online]. A Library of Congress Symposium, June 19-20, 2003. Available from:
Speakers include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Linda Kerber, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Patricia Williams, and Wendy Webster Williams.

Norgren, Jill. Introducing Belva Lockwood [Interview online]. Dialogue, 22 October 2001. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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