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, 46 biographical sketches and one scholarly essay as part of our Black Woman Suffragists collection, and a sixth installment of primary documents in that collection. This is the final major segment of that collection and in future issues we expect to add about 5-10 additional documents and a somewhat larger number of biographical sketches.
Our first document project by Stephanie Richmond, "How Did Antislavery Women Use Portraits to Represent Themselves in the Transatlantic Antislavery Movement?" traces the use of portraiture by abolitionist women in their antislavery campaigns in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Portraits of antislavery women served both to strengthen the ties of friendship between far-flung activists and also allowed women to shape their own images within the movement.
Laura Puaca is the author of our second document project in this issue, "How Did the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Work to Expand Women's Educational and Employment Opportunities, 1950-1977?" The documents here chronicle SWE's founding and early activities, the society's concern with appearing "subversive" in the context of the Cold War and its reliance on national security rhetoric, and the society's embrace of feminism in the decades after World War II.
With this issue we complete the publication of our collection of writings by and about Black Women Suffragists, which began with our March 2014 issue. Based on the pioneering scholarship of Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, this collection includes about 1,800 items, totaling more than 16,000 pages. Tom Dublin and a team of scholars and students have assembled these published and unpublished writings of 108 Black woman suffragists, including both notable national figures and much lesser-known local activists. In this issue we include a scholarly essay on Mary B. Talbert written by Lillian Williams and 46 additional biographical sketches of these activists, 25 reprinted from the Dictionary of American Negro Biography (1982) and 21 newly written for this collection. Our goal with the biographical sketches is to include one or more sketches of each suffragist, relying on team of supporters for the more obscure suffragists for whom there are no major published sketches.
We round out this issue with eleven book reviews and News from the Archives. 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 email@example.com.
In June we published the first release of a third WASM database, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820. When complete, this database will include 70,000 pages of primary sources, almost 100 video and audio oral histories with transcriptions, and 35 scholarly essays. This archive and database has been created by our collaboration with more than 40 international scholars. It is available to libraries by subscription or purchase. Please encourage your acquisitions librarian to take a free trial so that you can explore this new resource. This first release has some 18,000 pages and we will be adding new documents and scholarly essays regularly over the next 18-24 months until it is complete.
In the summer of 2016, Alexander Street launched a new platform for Women and Social Movements International, known by the acronym LAZR. Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires employs the same platform and interface. We expect within a year to move WASM in the U.S. to this new platform as well. 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 databases. If your library subscribes to all three databases, you will be able to search comprehensively in the 400,000 pages of women's history documents we have assembled over twenty years. The expanded search capability should make the databases even more valuable teaching and research tools.
Alexander Street is marketing all the WASM databases to libraries, offering subscriptions or purchase plans and a substantial discount for libraries that order all three. Your acquisitions librarian can contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press to request a free trial. We look forward to hearing your reactions to these major additions to Women and Social Movements.
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