American Women's History: A Research Guide
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"Bibliography." Journal of Women's History 4 (Spring 1992): 176-218.
Includes citations to articles published in English over a 10 year period. The first section covers women in politics (p. 176-218), whereas the second section covers birth control.

Cox, Elizabeth. Women in Modern American Politics: A Bibliography, 1900-1995. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1996.

Dinkin, Robert J. "Bibliographic Essay." In Before Equal Suffrage: Women in Partisan Politics from Colonial Times to 1920. Contributions to Women's Studies, no. 152. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

First Ladies' Bibliography [online]. Canton, Ohio: The National First Ladies' Library, n.d. [cited 12 March 1998]. Available from:

Middleton, Ken. Politics [online]. In Women in Tennessee History: A Bibliography. Last update, June 1997 [cited 2 March 1998]. Available from:

Nelson, Barbara J. American Women and Politics: A Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide. New York: Garland, 1984. 255p.

Biographical Sources

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present [online]. [Washington: Senate Historical Office and the Legislative Resource Center, House of Representatives, 1998- ] [cited 23 November 1998]. Available from:

Cox, Elizabeth M. Women State and Territorial Legislators, 1895-1995. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1996. 398p.
Coverage for each state includes a brief introduction, alphabetical lists of women legislators in the house and senate, and a graph which depicts how the percentage of women in the state's legislature has varied over the course of the twentieth century. Appendices include "Women State Legislators Statistics," "First Women Legislators of States and Territories," "First Women State Legislators of Parties," "First Women State Legislators in Leadership Roles," "First Women State Legislators by Ethnic Background," and "Length of Service." A name index completes this extremely useful volume.

Kaptur, Marcy. Women of Congress: A Twentieth-Century Odyssey. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1996.

Treese, Joel D., ed. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1996. Alexandria, Va.: CQ Staff Directories, 1997. 2,108p.

Historical Overviews

Cott, Nancy, ed. History of Women in the United States: Historical Articles on Women's Lives and Activities. Vol. 18, Women and Politics. Munich: Saur, 1993.

Dinkin, Robert J. Before Equal Suffrage: Women in Partisan Politics from Colonial Times to 1920. Contributions in Women's Studies Series. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing, 1995. 176p.

Gould, Lewis, ed. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. New York: Garland, 1996.

Networking Tools

H-POL: United States Political History []

Research Centers

Center for the American Woman and Politics, Rutgers University []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

General Directories

Congressional Collections at Archival Repositories [online]. Center for Legislative Archives. Available from: This valuable directory of links also lists individuals featured at specific repositories.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive [online]. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2003.
Includes correspondence between John and Abigail Adams.

The Catherine May Digital Collection [online]. Pullman: Washington State University Libraries, n.d. [cited 23 October 2007]. Available from:
This collection documents May's service in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1970. Predefined searches cover such topics as agriculture, the Cold War, the National Organization for Women, sex discrimination against women, and the Vietnam War.

The Dolley Madison Project
This site organizes letters, images and timelines into four time periods: "Early Years," "Washington Years," "Montpelier Years," and "Widowhood."

Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and the Election of 1960: A Project of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. Edited by Allida Black, June Hopkins, John Sears, Chris Alhambra, Mary Jo Binker, Christopher Brick, John S. Emrich, Eugenia Gusev, Kristen E. Gwinn, and Bryan D. Peery. Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 2003 [cited 16 June 2005]. Available from:
This site includes letters to and from Roosevelt, excerpts from her "My Day" newspaper column, and audio from three JFK campaign advertisements.

The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001.

LBJ Library Oral History Home Page [online]. Austin, TX: Lyndon B Johnson Library and Museum, updated 14 June 2002 [cited 7 July 2002]. Available from:
Interviews with U.S. Congresswomen Barbara Jordan and Lera Thomas. Lady Bird Johnson is also discussed in some of the interviews.

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. The database includes over 490 records of photographs of congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers (1881-1960).

Women of Valor: Bella Abzug [online]. Brookline, Mass.: Jewish Women's Archive, n.d. [cited 21 April 2002]. Available from:
This site uses photographs and audio/video clips of speeches to document Abzug's life, including her six years as Congresswoman.

Microform Research Collections

Anna Strunsky Walling Papers. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Photoduplication Service, 1982. 20 microfilm reels.

Emily Newell Blair Papers, 1785-1972. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1999.

National Woman's Party Papers, 1913-1974. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1977-1978.
Reviewed by Susan Marie Szasz in Microform Review 15 (Fall 1986): 270-73.

National Woman's Party Papers: The Suffrage Years, 1913-1920. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1981.
Reviewed by Susan Marie Szasz in Microform Review 15 (Fall 1986): 270-73.

Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, c1986.
Reviewed by Winifred D. Wandersee in Microform Review (Summer 1987): 253-55.

Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, c1985. 14 reels of microfilm.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Israels Perry in Microform Review (Spring 1987): 182-83.

Rose Pastor Stokes Papers, 1900-1958. [New Haven, Conn.] : Yale University Photographic Service, 1982. 7 microfilm reels.
Includes correspondence, political tracts, speeches, published columns, pamphlets, posters, and other papers. Much of the material relates to her activities with the American Communist Party and the Socialist Party.

Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Series 2: Women in National Politics. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1992- .
Reviewed in Microform Review 24 (Summer 1995): 152-153.
Online overviews of the following sections provided by University Publications of America:

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Allida M. Black, ed. Courage in a Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
Reviewed by Janice M. Leone for H-Pol (September 1999):

Talking About Women's History

Bailey, Susan McGee. Political Moms [online]. Interviewed by Linda Wertheimer. All Things Considered. National Public Radio, 12 May 2000. Available from:

Black, Allida. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Controversial First Lady [Interview online]. Interviewed by Eileen Dugan. Talking History, 19 December 2002. Available from:

Cook, Blanch Wiesen. [Interview with Blanch Wiesen Cook]. Interviewed by Terry Gross. Fresh Air. National Public Radio, 1 July 1999. Cook discusses the second volume of her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Levin, Phyllis Lee. Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House [Interview Online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes, 9 December 2001. Available from:

Marszalek, John. [Interview] Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes. C-SPAN, 8 March 1998. Available from:
Marszalek discusses his book The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House.

Miller, Kristie. We Have Come to Stay [Interview online]. Dialogue, Week of October 11 - 17, 1999. Available from:
Miller is co-editor of We Have Come to Stay: American Women in Political Parties, 1880-1960 (University of New Mexico Press, c1999).

"Panel Three: Women and Political and Social Reform." In Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History [online]. A Library of Congress Symposium, June 19-20, 2003. Available from:
Speakers include Kriste Lindenmeyer, Gail G. Petri, and Barbara Clark Smith.

Schapiro, Amy. Millicent Fenwick: Her Way [Lecture online]. Library of Congress, 1 April 2003. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State University Library