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January 2005

Dear Colleague,

Best wishes for the new year ahead. In this quiet moment before the new term begins we are taking a few moments to send you our quarterly newsletter from the Women and Social Movements website. Our first year as a quarterly online journal has been a great success and the website has wonderful plans for 2005. One hundred and thirty college and university libraries subscribe to WASM. That number should steadily increase as more people learn about all the site offers. If your institution does not currently subscribe, your librarian can request a 30-day free trial by contacting Alexander Street Press at or (800) 889-5937 or (703) 212-8520. We hope that this will be a convenient way for you and your students to access and evaluate this resource.

The fourth issue of our online quarterly journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, appeared on our website in December at It consists of two very large document projects and our first two book reviews. The new document projects for Volume VIII, number 4 are:

Kathryn Kish Sklar, Rima Lunin Schultz, Melissa Doak, Marian Horan and Kerry Lippincott, "How Did Changes in the Built Environment at Hull-House Reflect the Settlement's Interaction with Its Neighbors, 1889-1912?"


Kathryn Kish Sklar, "How Did the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977 Shape a Feminist Agenda for the Future?"

You can access a table of contents of the new issue of the journal at

Our full-text sources now total 20,000 pages on the woman suffrage movement and women's organizations, 1830-1930. You can get a list of the 76 full-text sources currently available by going to "Browse-Sources" and clicking on the link to "Fulltext only."

In our next issue we will add more book and website reviews and additional teaching tools.

Going to the AHA, the OAH, or the Berks? We'll hope to see you there. At the AHA join us on Friday, January 7 from 11:45 to 12:45 in Conference Center room 302, where we'll be discussing our new initiative on 1970s feminism, edited by Kitty Sklar, Stephanie Gilmore and Judith Ezekiel. At the OAH we'll discuss that initiative and other news about the website at a luncheon sponsored by Alexander Street Press on Saturday, April 2, 11:15-12:45, place to be announced in the program. To reserve a seat at lunch, write Kitty Sklar by March 15 at Also at the OAH, come to our session, "On the Virtual Edge: The Implications of Online Scholarship for American Historians," 9-11 A.M., April 2, 2005. At the Berks meet your friends at the website's wine and cheese reception on Friday, June 3 at 8 P.M. in the Hampton Room of Malott Commons.

We hope to see you at these meetings!

Meanwhile, future issues of our online journal will include:

· the 1982 New York Chinatown garment strike,
· women and the conservation movement, 1900-1930
· the 1910 Garment Workers Strike in Chicago
· the campaign for mother's pensions
· the emergence of sexual harassment as a feminist issue

If you haven't already submitted a project proposal, please consider doing so. It is an excellent way to bring your work to the attention of our large audience. Drop us an email note if you have an idea for a project. Or consult our submissions guidelines. We'd be pleased to help you develop your ideas.

Our authors' database continues to grow. We now have biographical data on more than 1,200 authors whose writings appear on the website. We are now researching the new authors that we added to the database with the most recent issue and updating other biographical information

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. As you look over the new website, please share your reactions with us and let us know any ideas you may have about how we can better serve your needs and interests.

Best wishes,

Kitty Sklar

Tom Dublin

Melissa Doak


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