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 second issue of 2011 contains the full range of resources that we publish--a document project, a document archive, book reviews, full-text sources, an introductory essay for the full-text sources, and News from the Archives.

The document project in this issue, "How Did Women's War Relief in the Spanish-American War Alter Traditions of Female Benevolence and Pave the Way for Women's Formal Military Service?" explores the role of women in providing nursing and war relief to soldiers and sailors in the Spanish-American War. Australian scholar, Carolyn Strange, argues that women's relief work during the war marked a shift from traditional patterns of voluntary aid to the new professional military roles women began to exercise in the twentieth century.

Kathryn Kish Sklar and Corinne Weible have assembled a document archive that explores Cornelia Bryce Pinchot's reform activism in the first three decades of the twentieth century. Wife of Gifford Pinchot, a cabinet officer in the administration of Theodore Roosevelt and two-term governor of Pennsylvania, Cornelia Bryce Pinchot had notable reform credentials of her own. Assembling more than eighty documents, this archive offers primary sources pertaining to the woman suffrage movement, Republican party politics, and Pinchot's strong support for organized labor and working women.

In our last issue we launched a new publishing initiative, which will eventually include 15,000 pages of documents related to the judicial movement in the United States since the mid-1980s examining and redressing Gender Bias in the Courts. We include a second installment of state reports in this issue as well as an introductory essay by Carrie Baker, analyzing the origins and impact of this movement and providing a context in which to better understand these documents.

We round out this issue with an array of complementary resources, including seven book reviews, two review essays, and our regular News from the Archives. If you would like to write a review or have a title to recommend for review, please contact our book review editor, Jeanne Petit. For those with announcements for the News from the Archives section, please contact its editor, Tanya Zanish-Belcher.

Meanwhile, we want to remind readers of the recent publication of our second, major online digital archive, "Women and Social Movements, International--1840 to Present." In early January we published the first portion of this new archive. With May and August additions, it now includes 83,000 pages and will eventually reach 150,000 pages by early 2012. It includes both published and manuscript materials generated by women's participation in international conferences and organizations over a period of 170 years, from missionary and abolition activities in the first half of the nineteenth century to women's NGO activism in the twenty-first century. We have also commissioned about thirty secondary articles by scholars working in fields related to the archive that will place the primary materials within a broader interpretive context and offer suggestions on how best to make use of these online resources. We will be posting those essays in March 2012.

Alexander Street Press is marketing this resource to libraries, offering both subscriptions or purchase plans. Your acquisitions librarian might be interested in either of these options. Please ask her or him to contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press for subscription information and/or to request a free trial of this resource. We look forward to hearing your reactions to this major addition to Women and Social Movements.


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