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

Ames, Kenneth L., and Gerald W.R. Ward, eds. Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in America, 1650-1920: An Annotated Bibliography. Winterthur, Del.: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1989.

Johnson, Mary. "Women and Their Material Universe: A Bibliographic Essay." Journal of American Culture 6 (Spring 1983): 32-51.

Schlereth, Thomas J., ed. Material Culture: A Research Guide. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1985.
See in particular the short section, "Women and Children," on pages 166-169.

"Vernacular Architecture Newsletter Bibliography" [online]. Available from
A searchable database of citations found in Vernacular Architecture Newsletter bibliographies from 1979 to 1994. A search of "women" results in numerous citations.

Journals in the Field

CRM [Cultural Resource Management]
See the special issue, Placing Women in the Past

Winterthur Portfolio []

Networking Tools

Center for American Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware []

H-Quilts Discussion Group []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

American Centuries [online]. Deerfield, Mass.: Memorial Hall Museum, 2001- [cited 15 February 2002]. Available from:
The site presents a variety of sources (e.g., furniture clothing, toys) that document the history and culture of New England.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present [online]. Washington, D.C. :; Library of Congress, 1998- [cited 16 October 2000]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Museums

National Museum of American History []
See in particular the guide, Collections, Scholarship & Research.

Winterthur Museum []

Museum Directories

The Official Museum Directory. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 1971- . Annual since 1980.

Museums USA [online]. National Alliance of State Museum Associations, n.d. [cited 21 February 2004]. Available from:

Park Museum Collection Profiles [online]. National Park Service. [cited 29 January 1998]. Available from:

Places Where Women Made History [online]. National Park Service [cited 25 August 1998]. Available from:

Talking About Women's History

Smith, Barbara Clark. Panel Three: Women and Political and Social Reform [online]. In Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History [online]. A Library of Congress Symposium, June 19-20, 2003. Available from: Smith, Curator of Social History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, discusses the museum's First Ladies Gown Collection.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Homespun [Interview online]. Interviewed by Fred Nielsen. Talking History, 25 August 2003. Available from:
Ulrich is the author of The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (Knopf, 2001).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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