American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Note: This section is in the initial stages of development. Due to the wealth of reference literature about women writers, this list will be very selective.


Kruse, Carrie. American Literature [online]. Collection Development Core Lists. [Chicago]: Women's Studies Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000; distributed by University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office. Available from:

Biographical Sources

Barstow, Jane Missner. One Hundred Years of American Women Writing, 1848-1948: An Annotated Bio-bibliography. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.


Davidson, Cathy N., and Linda Wagner-Martin, eds. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. 1021p.


Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Authors [online]. In Manuscript Collections Documenting Women. [Eugene]: Special Collections, University of Oregon Libraries, 14 April 1997 [cited 11 September 2000]. Available from:

Daley, Virginia, comp. Arts and Literature [online]. In A Sampler of Women's Studies Resources: Primary Source Materials in the Special Collections Library at Duke University. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Special Collections Library, 1988. Revised, 1995. Available from:

Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England Libraries []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century. New York: New York Public Library [cited 30 August 1998]. Available from:

Cole, Jean Lee, ed. The Winnifred Eaton Digital Archive [online]. Charlottesville: Electronic Text Center University of Virginia Library, 2003- [cited 17 March 2005]. Available from:

Ockerbloom, Mary Mark, ed. A Celebration of Women Writers [online]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Judith Sargent Murray Papers. Jackson, Miss. : Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, 1989. 7 microfilm reels.
An excellent overview of this collection can be found in Sheila L. Skemp, "The Judith Sargent Murray Papers," Journal of Mississippi History 53 (1991): 241-50.

Microfilm Edition of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Papers, 1798-1908. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1984. 18 microfilm reels.

Talking About Women's History

American Writers: A Journey Through History [online]. C-SPAN, [2001- ]. Available from:
Streaming video of lectures about Willa Cather, Mary Chesnut, Betty Friedan, Zora Neale Hurston, Ayn Rand, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sojourner Truth, and Edith Wharton.

Habegger, Alfred. My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson [Lecture online]. Cambridge Forum, 9 October 2002. Available from:

Hedrick, Joan. Uncle Tom's Cabin [Interview online]. Talking History, 25 February 2002. Available from:
Hedrick won the Pulitzer Prize for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Milford, Nancy. Library of Congress National Book Festival, 12 October 2002. Available from: Milford discusses her book, Savage Beauty : The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (Random House, c2001).

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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