American Women's History: A Research Guide
Women's Periodicals
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Bibliographies/Research Guides

Danky, James P., ed. and Maureen E. Hady, et al., comps., in association with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Women's Periodicals and Newspapers from the 18th Century to 1981: A Union List of Holdings of Madison, Wisconsin Libraries. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1982. 376p.

Endres, Kathleen L., and Theresa L. Lueck, eds. Women's Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

------. Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. 529p.

The Feminist and Lesbian Periodical Collection [online]. Eugene: Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 1998- [cited 23 November 2004]. Available from:

Humphreys, Nancy K. American Women's Magazines: An Annotated Historical Guide. New York: Garland, 1989. 303p.

Knox, James M. Feminist and Women's Periodicals at Stanford [online]. Stanford University Libraries, October 1996, revised by Liz Green and John Rawlings, 1991-1996 [cited 7 September 1998]. Available from:

Zuckerman, Mary Ellen, comp. Sources on the History of Women's Magazines, 1792-1960: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1991. 297p.

Historical Overviews

Zuckerman, Mary Ellen. A History of Popular Women's Magazines in the United States, 1792-1995. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Journals in the Field

American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography []

Indexes to Periodicals

Culbertson, Margaret. American House Designs: An Index to Popular and Trade Periodicals, 1850-1915. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994.
Online review by Michael Alcorn for H-Local, available from

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

American Periodicals Series, 1741-1900. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International.

Fashion Advertising Collection, 1942-1982: A History of Illustration from 200 North American Newspapers. Eastchester, N.Y.: Jerry Alper, Inc., 1986.
Reviewed by Marjorie Miller in Microform Review 17 (February 1988): 41-42.

The Gerritsen Collection of Women's History. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1975-1977.
Reviewed by Wendy Thomas in Microform Review 19 (Fall 1990): 221-223.

Herstory. Wooster, Ohio: Bell & Howell, 1972- .
Reviewed by Pamela Piddington in Microform Review 2 (January 1973): 48-49.
Periodicals from the women's movement from 1956 to 1974.

History of Women. Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, 1975.
Reviewed by Theodora P. Bostick in Microform Review 16 (Summer 1987): 249-250.

Periodicals on Women and Women's Rights. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1974.
Reviewed by Susan C. Field in Microform Review 5 (October 1974): 296-297.

Periodicals on Women and Women's Rights: Series II. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1976.
Reviewed by D. Martin in Microform Review 7 (March 1978): 111.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Corrie, Roger. "Godey's Lady's Book Online" [online]. 1995. Available from

Greenberg, Hope. "Godey's Lady's Book" [online]. n.d. [cited 11 February 1997]. Available from

Making of America [online]. [Ann Arbor, MI]: University of Michigan, 1995- [cited 16 October 2000]. Available from:
Includes digital images from Ladies Repository, 1841-1876.

Commercial Digital Collections

American Periodicals Series Online [online]. Ann Arbor, Mich.: ProQuest Information and Learning Company, 2000- .
Access to many women's periodicals, including Harper's Bazaar, Ladies' Repository, and The Lowell Offering.

The Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945 [online]. [Ann Arbor, Mich.: Bell & Howell Information and Learning, 2000- . See the publisher's overview of the collection.
Includes access to 265 periodicals.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State University Library