American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Lincove, David A. Reconstruction in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000. 633p.

Encyclopedias & Historical Overviews

Richter, William L. The ABC-CLIO Companion to American Reconstruction, 1862-1877. ABC-CLIO, 1996. 504p.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Seeley, Charlotte Palmer, comp. American Women and the U.S. Armed Forces: A Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National Archives Relating to American Women. Revised by Virginia C. Purdy and Robert Gruber. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.
See these entries in the index: "Freedmen," "Griffing, Josephine S.," "Reconstruction period," "Teachers - of freedmen in Southern states," and "Welfare societies - work with freedmen."

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Dublin, Thomas, and Kathryn Kish Sklar. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 [online]. 1997- [cited 4 May 2001]. Available from:
This collection of primary source documents is organized around numerous topical areas. Each of these different sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography. The following section covers the reconstruction period:

  • Women and the Freedmen's Aid Project

Microform Research Collections

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Burr, Virginia Ingraham, ed. The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990. 469p.

Griffin, Farah Jasmine, ed. Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868. New York: Knopf, 1999.

Reilly, Wayne E., ed. Sarah Jane Foster, Teacher of the Freedmen: A Diary and Letters. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990. 242p.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, and Susan B. Anthony. The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Volume 2, Against an Aristocracy of Sex, 1866-1873. Edited by Ann D. Gordon, Tamara Gaskell Miller, Susan I. Johns, and Oona Schmid. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2000. 682p.

Talking About Women's History

Fox, Curtis, prod. America's Reconstruction [online]. Talking History, 14 January 1999. Available from:
This documentary includes an interview with Eric Foner, recordings of African-American spirituals, and readings of freedpeople testimonies.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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