American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Bullough, Vern L. A Bibliography of Prostitution. New York: Garland, 1977. 419p.

Eder, Franz X. Bibliography of the History of Western Sexuality, 1700-1945 [online]. 2002 [19 June 2002]. Available from:
Selecting Region: USA and Descriptors: Prostitution retrieves over 200 references to primary and secondary literature.


Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

"A Summons to Comradeship": World War I and II Posters [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Libraries, 1999- [cited 9 April 2002]. Available from:
Includes posters created by the American Social Health Association. The search page includes "Prostitution" in the list of subjects.

Commercial Digital Collections

Access to Women's Studies: CIS History Universe. [Washington, D.C.]: Congressional Information Service, 2000- .
A search for prostitution retrieves numerous documents, including the Chicago Vice Commission's The Social Evil in Chicago (1911), state and federal statutes, and case law decisions.

The Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online. [Alexandria, Va.] : Chadwyck-Healey, [2000]. Overview from the publisher.
Limit language to English and search for prostitution in the Subject (or Gerritsen Index) search field. Most of the books and government documents that this search will retrieve were published in the early twentieth century.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Bureau of Social Hygiene Project and Research Files, 1913-1940. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1980. 31 microfilm reels.

Committee of Fifteen Records, 1900-1901. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1998. 17 microfilm reels.

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Series A: Subject Correspondence Files. Part 5: Prostitution and "White Slavery," 1902-1933. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1997.
Collection Overview

Talking About Women's History

Gilfoyle, Timothy. City of Eros [Interview online]. Interviewed by Richard Hamm. Talking History, 21 June 2001. Available from:
Gilfoyle is the author of City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 (Norton, c1992).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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