American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. "Essay on Sources." In Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Biographical Sources

Lender, Mark E. Dictionary of American Temperance Biography: From Temperance Reform to Alcohol Research, the 1600s to the 1980s. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984. 572p.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

See the general section, Archival and Manuscript Collections, for additional information sources.

Hinding, Andrea, ed. Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1979. 2 vols.
The definitive guide in the field, Women's History Sources provides brief but informative descriptions of over 18,000 collections in almost 1,600 repositories throughout the United States. Look under "Temperance" and "Temperance Societies" in the Index (volume 2).

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition [online]. [Providence, RI]: Brown University Library, n.d. [cited 15 March 2005]. Available from:

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 sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography. The following sections document the temperance movement:

  • African-American Women in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1880-1890
  • Minnesota Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1878-1917

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002 [cited 3 October 2002]. Available from:
This collection includes 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright from 1820-1860 and 1870-1885. Search for temperance or find the term in the Subject Index. Many of the selections (e.g., The Drunkard's Wife) relate to women.

Ohio Memory: An Online Scrapbook of Ohio History [online]. Columbus : Ohio Historical Society, 2000- [cited 5 April 2002]. Available from:
Primary source materials from numerous archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums across the state.
Search tip: although temperance is a subject heading, a search for temperance in "All Fields" yields additional relevant records.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Papers of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment and the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1981.
Reviewed by D. Martin in Microform Review 12 (Fall 1983): 273-74.

Women's Christian Temperance Union Papers, 1853-1939. Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey, [199?]- .

Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Series 1: Woman's Suffrage. Part C: The South. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1990.
A large portion of Part C documents the career of Nellie Nugent Somerville, a Mississippi suffrage and temperance leader.

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Mattingly, Carol, ed. Water Drops from Women Writers: A Temperance Reader. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2001. 292p.
This anthology of fiction by women writers includes sections on family relationships, legal inequities, and women's roles.

Talking About Women's History

Grace, Fran. Carrie Nation [Interview online]. Talking History, 29 April 2002. Available from:

------. Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life [Interview online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes, 14 October 2001. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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