American Women's History: A Research Guide
Women Travelers
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Bullwinkle, Davis A. Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa, 1763-1999: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography [online]. [1999- ]. Available from:
When available, citations include the traveler's nationality.

Cole, Gerold L. Travels in America from the Voyages of Discovery to the Present: An Annotated Bibliography of Travel Articles in Periodicals, 1955-1980. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984. 291p.
Arranged by region, and then by state. See "Women" and "Travelers, women" in the "Index to Travelers, Places, Subjects."

Maziar, Lucia, comp. Women & Travel [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, July 1998 [cited 10 March 1999]. Available from:
This annotated bibliography includes sections covering reference works, general sources, first person accounts, biography, and manuscript collections.

McCormick, Linda A. "American Women Travelers, 1815-1915: A Bibliography and Collection Analysis of the UNC Rare Book Travel Collection." M.S.L.S. thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.

Smith, Harold F. American Travellers Abroad: A Bibliography of Accounts Published Before 1900. 2d ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1999.

Networking Tools: Discussion Lists

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Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Many of the sources cited in the Archival Collections: General Tools section can be used to locate manuscripts of women travelers.

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

Foreign History and Travel [online]. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 2000 [cited 12 March 2002]. Available from:

Pioneers [online]. In Manuscript Collections Documenting Women in Society. [Eugene]: Special Collections, University of Oregon Libraries, last updated 14 April 1997 [cited 30 May 2000]. Available from:

Selected Subject List for Iowa Women's Archives [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, January 1997 [cited 15 June 2000]. Available from:
See the "World Travelers" section.

Women's History Sources: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Collections [online]. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Libraries, 2001 [cited 4 October 2003]. Available from:
See the "Voyages and Travels" headings in the Index of Subjects and Titles.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Pioneer Overland Trail Routes: 1847-1869 [online]. Salt Lake City: J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, n.d. [cited 12 March 2002]. Available from:
The site includes the diaries of Lucia Everett (1862) and Bathsheba Smith (1849).

Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century. Iowa City: University of Iowa Libraries, n.d. [cited 31 July 2000]. Available from:
Includes digital images of publicity brochures for over 4500 performers and speakers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. Select women travelers from the "Browse: Subject" list.

Women's Travel Writing, 1830-1930 [online]. [Minneapolis, Minn.]: Electronic Text Research Center, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, 1997- . Available from:

Commercial Digital Collections

North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2001- . Overview from the publisher.
The "Personal Events" menu option provides quick access to sections of documents that pertain to travel.

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Holmes, Kenneth L., ed. and comp. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1890. 11 vols. Glendale, Calif.: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1983- .

Hunter, Mary Robinson. A Diplomat's Lady in Brazil: Selections from the Diary of Mary Robinson Hunter, 1834-1848. Edited by Evelyn M. Cherpak. Newport, RI.: Newport Historical Society, 2001. 435p.

Schriber, Mary Suzanne, ed. Telling Travels: Selected Writings by Nineteenth-Century American Women Abroad. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1995. 304p.

Talking About Women's History

Grinstead, Leigh. The Unsinkable Molly Brown [online]. Talking History, 13 April 1998. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
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