Editors: Kathryn Kish Sklar
and Thomas Dublin
Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton
In This Issue
This issue presents something of a new departure. Instead of the normal complement of two document projects, we are publishing a single, large document project that consists of an oral history database of transcripts of thirty-seven interviews (totaling 836 pages) of members and activists of the Oregon Nurses Association. Prepared as a collaborative student project under the direction of Professor Patricia Schechter, at Portland State University, "How Did Oregon Nurses Use the Ideology of Professionalism to Advance Their Interests in the Twentieth Century?" explores the tensions between professionalism and unionization efforts within nursing in Oregon since 1960. These interviews also provide scholars and students numerous points of entry into issues of race, class, ethnicity and citizenship as they affected nurses in Oregon. We are pleased to make these extensive interview transcripts available to a broad public audience through their publication and indexing here.
This issue also includes four book reviews and two additional teaching tools. Teaching tools provide lesson ideas for working with documents found on Women and Social Movements in the United States. The first of the tools, "How Did Local Branches of the American Association of University Women Contribute to Their Communities, 1900-1940?" was prepared by Mary Ann Dzuback of Washington University. In the second, Linda Pacini Pitelka of Maryville University explores the document project, "How Did Women Peace Activists Respond to "Red Scare" Attacks during the 1920s?" If you are interested in preparing a teaching tool for the website, please contact Laura Westhoff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis to discuss possibilities.
News from the Archives has become a regular feature of the Women and Social Movements website. This section provides news about collections and projects of interest from archives and repositories. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact the editor of the new section, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.
The full-text sources in this issue continue our online publication of twenty-five years of the minutes and reports of the annual meetings of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the largest women's social movement in the last quarter of hte nineteenth century. We expect that this run of reports will amount to 6,000 pages in all and will be spread out in five issues over a fifteen-month period. We are working on other possible major runs of primary documents beginning sometime in 2007 and expect to be able to announce developments on this front in the near future.
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