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
In this issue we publish two new document projects, two scholarly essays and individual activist pages as part of our Black Woman Suffragists collection, and a fifth installment of documents in that collection.
Our first document project by Susan Goodier, "How Did Women Anti-Suffragists in New York Try to Reconcile the Contradictions between Their Strategies and Arguments?" explores the anti-suffrage counter-movement that emerged in New York state in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. She shows how anti-suffragists went from mainstream to marginal over five decades, as the suffrage movement gained strength, and then found a place for themselves on the political spectrum that took shape after the passage of the nineteenth amendment.
Cindy Ingold is the author of our second document project in this issue, "How Did Women's Groups in the American Library Association Promote Activism around Women's Issues in Librarianship during the 1970s?" Her project examines the influence of second-wave feminism on the leading professional organization among librarians and traces the strategies adopted by feminist librarians to advance the position of women in the profession.
Based on the pioneering scholarship of Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, the Black Women Suffragists full-text source collection adds valuable new resources with this issue. It will eventually include more than 1,800 items, totaling more than 16,000 pages. Tom Dublin and a team of students have assembled these published and unpublished writings of more than 100 Black woman suffragists first identified by Professor Terborg-Penn. In this issue we are publishing the fifth installment of these writings, with a final segment anticipated for our September 2016 issue. We also include two essays written by scholars that provide entry points into the collection: Audrey T. McCluskey on Mary McLeod Bethune; and Dorothy Salem on Hallie Quinn Brown.
To better facilitate access to the resources in the Black Women Suffragists collection, we have listed the collection in this issue's Table of Contents. From that entry point, users will have access to an Introduction written by Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar that describes the work process involved in constructing this collection of writings and supportive materials. From the introduction, you can also access a new resource in this collection--individual pages for each of these suffrage supporters. These pages link to biographical sketches of the activists and to the writings in WASM by or about the women. We are linking to existing biographical sketches where they exist but for those not in existing reference sources we have also launched a crowdsourcing initiative that is commissioning about 50 new biographical sketches. We will publish these new sketches over the next two or three issues. Finally, these individual pages link to letters to and from these activists found in the Online Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois. More than 50 of these activists had correspondence with Du Bois, amounting to more than 1,100 individual items. Links on the individual activist pages enable WASM users to access search results list for this correspondence on the Du Bois website and thus to the individual letters found on that site.
We round out this issue with other valuable resources, including twelve book reviews, News from the Archives, and two Teaching Tools. If you are interested in reviewing books or have titles to recommend for review, please email our book review editors, Kathleen Laughlin, of Metropolitan (MN) State University for works in U.S. Women's History and Megan Threlkeld, of Denison University, for works in International Women's History, with your suggestions. Please note as well the announcements in the News from the Archives section, assembled by Tanya Zanish-Belcher, of Wake Forest University. If you would like to make an archives-related announcement in a future issue, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander Street Press is working on a new platform for Women and Social Movements International, known by the acronym LAZR. We expect within a year to move WASM in the U.S. to this new platform. Users of our databases need not concern themselves with the platform's inner workings but it will enable for the first time joint searching of our two databases. If your library subscribes to both databases, you can search comprehensively the more than 300,000 pages of women's history documents we have assembled on the two sites. This expanded search capability will make the databases even more useful for teaching and research.
Alexander Street Press is marketing WASM International to libraries, offering subscriptions or purchase plans. Your acquisitions librarian can contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press to request a free trial. We look forward to hearing your reactions to this major addition to Women and Social Movements.
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