The Adoption History Project includes a range of materials on people, organizations, topics, and research that have been influential in the history of child adoption in the modern United States. The project touches upon many issues in women's history and the history of women's mobilization, including unmarried motherhood, maternity homes, infertility, social work. The site currently includes well over 100 primary sources with plans to expand.
African-American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century (http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/) is a special exhibition hosted by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, which focuses on African American literary and cultural history. This digital collection 52 published works, as well as a full-text database of these books and pamphlets.
The American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt offers a transcript of the PBS program, and interactive map of Roosevelt’s tour of the South Pacific, the Roosevelt family tree, more than 25 of her “My Day” columns, as well as a detailed timeline of the First Lady’s life.
Martha Ballard's Diary is made available online by DoHistory. This project invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife's Tale, which were both based upon the remarkable 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard.
The Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU) grew out of the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and other social movements of the time. The website offers a look at the activities of the CWLU (1969-present) and provides memoirs and biographies of women that helped to shape the organization.
The landmark Dred Scott Case is the focus of a special online exhibition at the Washington University Libraries. The materials, which include legal documents and contextual information related to the case, are presented along with descriptive information. The important role of Scott's wife emerges in the case materials.
The Five Colleges Digital Access Project is a rich, digital archive of materials focused on women's education at Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It encompasses 54 online collections and more than 38,000 items. Included among the collections are official college publications, photographs, articles, oral histories, letters, diaries, and more.
“Ghosts of the Second Wave” documents the ratification of the congressionally mandated 1977 Plan of Action-- the official voice of American Women adopted by 2000 state delegates and submitted to Congress in March 1978 for the purpose of ensuring equality, reproductive freedom, and an end to discrimination based on sexual or affectional preference – through 51 historic photographs.
The Emma Goldman Papers Project site at Berkeley provides information about the activities of the project and a summary of Goldman's feminist activities. Emma Goldman (1869-1940), an influential and well-known anarchist of her day, was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, union organization, and the eight-hour work day. The site includes selected documents and photographs, a curriculum for middle and high school students, and links to other web resources.
The extensive website, 1977 Houston National Women's Conference, presents images taken by Diana Mara Henry, the official photographer of the Houston National Woman's Conference. Click on "Women on the Move and Other Exhibits" to view those photographs and others related to women's activism in the years since Houston.
Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution from the Jewish Women's Archive examines the contributions of Jewish women to second-wave feminism through historical artifacts and personal narrative. Readers can explore the exhibit via an interactive timeline, or thematically — "Foremothers", "Setting the Feminist Agenda", "From Silence to Voice", "Confronting Power", "The Personal is the Political", and "Feminism and Judaism".
Although not focused exclusively on women, the Kellogg African-American Health Care Project includes a wealth of oral histories and related photographic and textual documentation relating to African-American health care workers, and health care experience in Southeastern Michigan. The goal of the project is to learn about the experience of African-Americans in the region over the period of segregation, and to understand how that affects individuals and their families within the region today as well.
For over 2,000 years, Jewish law has required that a husband present his wife with a ketubbah, or marriage contract guaranteeing the wife's financial rights in the case of death or divorce, at the time of their marriage. The Ketubbot Digitization Project at the Jewish National University Library aims to create the largest registry of ketubbot, originating from dozens of countries over more than 900 years. It is a major source for Jewish family and women's history, as well as research in art, history and law. To date, there are more than 1200 items in the collection.
The Minnesota Girls in the Twentieth Century project, is based on oral history conducted by students at Minnesota State University, Mankato in fall 2004. The project addresses a range of useful questions: What was it like to grow up female in the past? Has coming of age in Minnesota changed from generation to generation? What memories stand out in the minds of women who grew up in previous decades? What do they want young people to know? College students used digital media equipment to acquire images, video, and audio files and then edited the materials and composed a webpage for each of the eleven women whom they interviewed.
The Elizabeth Murray Project features primary source materials including letters, portraits, maps, and newspaper articles, as well as an interactive timeline, and useful curricular tools like bibliographies and related links.
Many of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association Scrapbooks from 1897-1911 are now available online through the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project. Drawn from the collection of Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fithugh Miller, this collection includes detailed information about the Smith/Miller family tree, as well as hundreds of digitized images, notes and details drawn from the family scrapbooks.
The National Women's History Museum, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to restoring the historic contributions of women to mainstream culture, has mounted an exhibit: "Motherhood, Social Service, and Political Reform: Political Culture and Imagery of American Woman Suffrage," that provides a fascinating look into images created by the woman suffrage movement. The exhibit begins with nineteenth-century images, but the bulk of the materials are from the decade before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony offers the opportunity to learn more about the life and work of Stanton and Anthony through their own writings and speeches, a biographical article, and critical essays by noted scholars. Middle and high school teachers will also find lesson plans for language arts and history, and the lists of related sites, recommended reading, and related organizations offer learners of all ages opportunities to become more familiar with women’s history.
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project provides information about the editorial project as well as a list of primary and secondary sources for researchers interested in Sanger's life and birth control activism. Selected documents are available on the web. Also included is a list of relevant internet links.
Although it is not solely devoted to women's history, the University of Texas at Arlington Center's "Tejano Voices" project is a rich source for information about Mexican-American women's history and culture in Texas over the twentieth century. Collected between 1992 and 1999, the project focuses on 77 oral histories with Tejana and Tejano leaders across the state.
Temperance & Prohibition is a site at Ohio State University. It includes documents about the Woman's Crusade of 1873-74; Frances E. Willard; The Anti-Saloon League, as well as contemporary magazine articles, speeches, anti-prohibition views, and the effects of Prohibition. The documents have introductions and interpretations.
Travels for Reform: The Early Work of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton is a mini-edition of the Papers of Stanton and Anthony focusing on the first decade of the women's collaboration, from 1852 to 1861, when they honed their skills as reformers in New York State. These primary historical documents are pertinent to the study of women, American politics, New York State, and antebellum reform movements.
Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Within minutes the fire swept through the building, claiming the lives of 146 young immigrant workers. The Triangle Factory Fire, a website maintained at Cornell University, tells the story of the fire and provides a collection of materials that document the horrible tragedy.
Unpacking on the Prairie: Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest, sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, is an exhibit dedicated to exploring the journey of Jewish women immigrants as well as their lives inside and outside the home in the Midwest. For these women, making a new home meant struggling to hold on to a religious and cultural heritage while starting over in a strange place.
Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and its Neighborhoods, 1889-1963 is a history website that has been constructed at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is sponsored by the College of Architecture and the Arts and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. The website is divided into six major sections: Historical Narrative, Timeline, Images, Geography, Teachers' Resources, and Search. Each section has a different focus and strategy to engage viewers in the subject matter. The website is completely searchable and contains more than 900 separate texts, including correspondence, newspaper articles, unpublished memoirs, magazine and journal articles, maps, and hundreds of images of historic significance for documenting the life and times of Jane Addams, the history of the social settlement movement and of Hull-House, and the history of the Near West Side neighborhood and its immigrant communities.
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1848-1921, is a searchable sample from rare books and documents originally owned by members and officers of NAWSA. These members include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. Livermore. The site is part of the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress.
“What did you do in the War Grandma?” contains 26 oral histories of Rhode Island women during World War II conducted by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.
Women in UNITE History has short biographies of women who were union leaders in the needletrades industry. Although they are a diverse group, many similarities stand out in their lives and careers of service to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union. Many of these women became politicized at a young age, frequently by participating in a major strike, and remained active throughout their lives.
This site documents various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States. It focuses on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Documents range from theoretical writings to humorous plays to the minutes of a grassroots group. Items have been scanned and transcribed from original documents held in Duke's Special Collections Library.
Founded in 1994, the Worcester Women’s History Project is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to celebrating and documenting the contribution of women to the history, social fabric, and culture of the Worcester area and beyond. In addition to a large number of biographies of local women of historical importance, the site includes links to a variety of curricular materials and syllabi that will be of particular interest to secondary and post-secondary teachers of women’s history.
Women Working, 1800-1930, provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented. The collection currently contains 3,460 books and pamphlets, 1,125 photographs, and 7,489 pages from manuscript collections.

 

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