African American Women On-Line Archival Collection from the Special Collections Library at Duke University contains the 85-page handwritten memoir of Elizabeth Johnson Harris, letters from slaves Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson, and a slave letter by Vilet Lester.
The "AFSCME LABORLINKS" website includes a detalied look at Women's Labor History. Subtitles include: General Women's Labor History Links, Women's Trade Union League, Mother Jones and Other Women in the Mines, Women and Labor in the Textile and Garment Industries, Wobbly Women, Other Famous Women in Labor History, Woman's Labor Songs-Lyrics, and Women's History-General. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union.
This new website from the Library of Congress, "American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States," has been designed as a first stop for Library of Congress researchers working in the field of American women's history. It provides easy entree to an online version of the Library's recently published women's history resource guide. It also contains links to existing and newly created Web documents.
American Women's History: A Research Guide, an excellent webography maintained by Ken Middleton at Middle Tennessee State University, provides researchers with links to bibliographies, general reference materials and biographical sources about women, digital collections of primary sources, and lists of other collections of primary sources, including microfilm collections, public records, photographs, periodicals, and oral histories.
Archives for Research on Women and Gender Project at the University of Texas at San Antonio specializes in acquiring, preserving, arranging, describing, and providing access to primary source materials that document the lives of women, constructions of gender, and expressions of sexual identity in South Texas. The site also includes a guide to Worldwide Web pages of archives, libraries, and other repositories that have primary source materials by or about women.
The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the leading manuscript repository in the field of U.S. women's history. Its rich collections include letters, diaries, and other personal papers of women and families; records of women's organizations; books about women; cookbooks; women's periodicals; photographs; videotapes; and oral histories. The library provides research grants and sponsors exhibitions and other public programs. Materials do not circulate, but the library is open to all, free of charge.
Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. Women have written almost every imaginable type of work: novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. All too often, works by women, and resources about women writers, are hard to find. This site allows easy access to available on-line information, providing a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers, and complete published books written by women.
Civil War Women: On-line Archival Collections from the Special Collections Library at Duke University contains the papers of confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and those of Sarah E. Thompson, who worked alongside her husband (a recruiter for the Union Army) assembling and organizing Union sympathizers in a predominantly rebel area around Greeneville, Tennessee. The Alice Williamson Diary, a small, leather-bound 36-page volume kept from February to September 1864 while Williamson was a schoolgirl at Gallatin, Tennessee is also available. All three collections include both scanned images and transcripts of the originals.
The Feminist Resource Site is an extensive annotated list of links to historical and contemporary feminist resources. It is organized around topic headings such as Before Feminism, The History of Feminism, Work & Family, The Body, and Creativity & Politics. The site has been developed to expand upon some of the issues discussed in Estelle Freedman's book, No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (Ballantine Books, 2002).
The Free Speech Movement Digital Archives document the history of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley and span the September-December 1964 period as well as its origins in the Women's Movement and Civil Rights activism. The archives include a detailed chronology and scores of digitized periodicals, articles, oral histories and reports, among others.
Gifts of Speech is dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary women from around the world. Users of the website can browse or search a substantial number of collected speeches, as well as access Nobel lectures by women.
HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in home economics and related disciplines at Cornell University's Main Library. The project, which is the largest of its kind, includes books and journals published between 1850 and 1950. To date, the bulk of the digitized materials focus on the material from 1850-1925 (although more recent materials are being added in the second phase of the project).
"Many Pasts" at History Matters: The U.S. History Survey Course on the Web contains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of "ordinary" Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context. The search engine allows readers to find documents related specifically to women's history.
The women who left traces of their life and work in the International Institute of Social History were typically involved in the labour movement and other social movements. They were writers, journalists, newspaper publishers, politicians, historians, teachers, artists, nurses or philosophers. They campaigned for humane working conditions and fair wages, for peace, human rights, sexual reform, the improvement of education, health care, or housing. Among them were women's rights campaigners, feminists and suffragists. These individuals and their organizations are listed here to provide an overview of the primary sources for women's history to be found in the archives and manuscript collections of the IISH.
The Jewish Women's Archive is an organization whose objective is to chronicle and transmit the rich legacy of Jewish women and their contributions to Jewish families and their communities. The site offers biographies, a virtual archive, and a listing of issues and events relative to North American Jewish women. Two online exhibits, Women of Valor and Women Who Dared, make the site especially rich.
Kate and Sue McBeth: Missionaries to the Nez Percé provides a detailed look into the lives and experiences of two missionary teachers to the Nez Percé during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Sponsored by the University of Idaho Libraries, this digital collection includes a wealth of personal and government documents, maps and images from the McBeth collection and documents the sisters’ work, as well as their bitter feuds with each other, federal agents appointed to supervise the reservation, and religious factions within the Nez Percé tribe.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives began in 1976 as a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving lesbian culture and history. The Archives collects and preserves any materials relevant to the lives and experiences of lesbians, including, among other things, books, periodicals, news clippings, photographs, orgal histories, diaries, posters, and memorabilia.
Links to Websites on Women in the 19th Century is a huge, comprehensive collection of links to sites about women in the 19th century. The site includes categories of links such as abolition, African-American women, and American slavery, archives, biographies, women in the Civil War, women and education, women and fashion, women and medicine, women and the law, Native American women, women in religion, suffrage, temperance, travelogues, and many others. Although most of the links are to United States resources, the site contains a sizable collection of links to sites about women in other countries as well.
Lydia Cabrera was one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Cuban folklore and an internationally known chronicler of Afro-Cuban culture and religion. In 1960, she left Cuba to live in the United States. Thanks to the University of Miami's Otto G. Richter Library, many of her letters, papers, manuscripts, field notes, illustrations, and paper laces are now available online through the Digital Cuban Heritage Collection's Lydia Cabrera Collection.
Making of America (MOA) is a collaborative project at the University of Michigan and Cornell University focused on digitizing and making available a wealth of published primary sources in American History. The resources are strongest for the period 1840-1900 and contain more than 100,000 journal articles and 10,000 books and imprints. Women's historians will find a wealth of materials written by and about women over this time period.
The Making of Homemaker” is a special exhibition and archive which showcases a wide range of digitized domestic guidebooks from the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Focused on late nineteenth century America, many of these books have illustrations, highly decorative covers and colored plates that would serve well as teaching as well as research resources.
The purpose of The Model Editions Partnership: Historical Education in the Digital Age is to explore ways of creating editions of historical documents that meet the standards scholars traditionally use in preparing printed editions. Equally important is the goal of making these materials more widely available via the Web. Nine of the experimental mini-editions are based on full-text searchable document transcriptions; two are based on document images; and one is based on both images and text. Offers links to digitized editions of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, Margaret Sanger’s papers, and the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
The Mother Jones Collection includes a rich collection of digitized papers and photographs documenting the live of labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1843?-1930). These materials are all drawn from the Mother Jones, Terence Powderly, and John Mitchell collections at the Catholic University of America Archives. The letters are available as digital images as well as being transcribed.
The National Museum of Women's History in Washington, DC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, presenting, and celebrating the rich and diverse history of women's contributions that have shaped American culture and soceity.
The National Women's History Project is a non-profit educational organization committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishments of women by providing information, educational materials and programs. The site supplies, among other things, materials on women's history to educators and an on-line history of the Women's Rights Movement.
Native American Women on the WWW is a good clearinghouse for web links on Native American Women maintained by the Women's Studies program at the University of Wisconsin.
North American Slave Narratives collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920. Of particular interest, is Hallie Q. Brown’s Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction.
The American Antiquarian Society's Northern Visions of Race, Region, and Reform in the Press and Freedmen and Freedmen's Teachers in the Civil War offers a myriad of resources that document the conflicting representations of freedmen, White Southerners, and reformers during and immediately following the Civil War. Primary source materials include letters to and from Freedmen's teachers, letters between slave owners and dealers, letters from Freedmen, as well as documents on race, slavery and freedmen.
The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture is part of Duke University's Special Collections Library, which houses a broad range of rare and unique primary source material. Digitized collections available online include women's liberation movement materials, documents written by African-American women, and scanned pages and texts of the writings of women during the Civil War.
The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It was founded in 1942 to contribute to the college's mission of educating women. Holdings document the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present. Subject strengths include birth control, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement, U.S. women working abroad, the arts (especially theater), the professions (especially journalism and social work), and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England. The "Agents of Social Change" exhibit marks the opening of eight new research collections in the Sophia Smith Collection that highlight women's part in the multiple struggles for social change that span the twentieth century, illuminating connections between reform movements, as well as the interplay of race, ethnicity, class, and gender within them.
Talking History at the University of Albany, State University of New York, is a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of "aural" history. Their mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere.
The Washington Press Club's "Women in Journalism" project makes available a tremendous collection of comprehensive, full-life oral histories with women journalists who made a significant contribution to society through careers in journalism since the 1920s. Most of these interviews are transcribed and available online.
The Women Resource Guide from Digital History offers readings, primary sources, teaching resources, and audio and visual resources related to the struggle of women for full equality.
The Women's Studies Database, an extensive site maintained by the Women's Studies Department at the University of Maryland, contains bibliographies, links, reference documents, women's studies syllabi, conference announcements and calls for papers, and many other resources.
WWW Virtual Library Women’s History: United States provides links to archives with diverse collections, including the history of nursing, medicine, science and engineering, and women in architecture.

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