American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Castle, Ann. Women in Philanthropy [online]. University of Michigan Office of Development, [cited 17 April 2002]. Available from:

Literature of the Nonprofit Sector [online]. New York: The Foundation Center, 1995- [cited 17 April 2002]. Available from:

Philanthropic Studies Index [online]. Indianapolis: Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, Indiana University-Purdue University, 1991- [cited 17 April 2002]. Available from:
This index to periodical literature covers 1940-1999.

Biographical Sources

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Ellen Browning Scripps, Her Life and Philanthropy [online]. San Diego: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, n.d. [cited 9 February 2002]. Available from:


Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Catanese, Lynn Ann. Women's History: A Guide to Sources at Hagley Museum and Library. Greenwood Press, 1997.
See the index for coverage of "Philanthropy," "Benevolence and benevolent societies," and "Expenditures, charities."

Manuscript Collections: Philanthropy [online]. Indianapolis: Special Collections and Archives, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library, 14 August 1997- [cited 12 February 2002]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Commercial Collections

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

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
Limit a search to philanthropist in the "Occupation" category on the "Find - Authors" and "Search Texts - Advanced" search screens. The collection includes letters and/or diaries by Annie Fields, Rebecca Gratz, Abby Grant Swift Mendenhall, and others.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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