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July 2004

Dear Colleague--

If you haven't used the Women and Social Movements website in recent months (at http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm),you will find some surprises. Please do pay us a visit and check out the changes.

The second issue of our online quarterly journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, appeared last week and is available by library subscription. With this issue we add three more document projects and three sets of document-based questions as well as nine more full-text sources on woman suffrage and women's rights. Together they bring more than 3,000 new indexed pages to the database. New document projects on the site are:

Forthcoming projects for the fall and winter 2004 include:
· the 1982 New York Chinatown garment strike
· women and the Underground Railroad before the Civil War
· the Ten Hour Movement in New England in the 1840s
· the built environment of Hull-House, 1889-1912
· the 1977 Houston Women's Conference
· Kate Richards O'Hare and Opposition to World War I

To see a list of the new material, look at the table of contents of our current issue.

We will be adding book review and website review sections soon. If you are interested in writing reviews please contact the appropriate editor. Victoria Brown is heading the book review section, and Melanie Shell-Weiss is editing reviews of websites and other electronic resources.

In addition, Carol Lasser of Oberlin College has agreed to serve as our images editor. We will be making a systematic effort to increase the visual resources we publish in the database and Carol will be taking the lead in that effort. If you have ideas about resources that we should publish, please contact her.

To contribute to the Teaching Tools section of the website, please contact any of our able editors of those materials: Joyce Hanson at California State University at San Bernardino, Paivi Hoikkala at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Daisy Martin of Stanford University, and Laura Westhoff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The indexing capabilities of Alexander Street Press continue to amaze us. We now have biographical data on more than 1,000 authors whose writings appear on the website and we are constantly adding biographical information.

If your library subscribes to Women and Social Movements--and about 90 do so far--you can access the website through your library's home page. If your library does not subscribe you might encourage your librarian do take out a 30-day free trial so that faculty and students can have an opportunity to see what the database offers. Subscription rates are on a sliding scale based on your library's size and annual book budget. For your library’s trial subscription, encourage your librarian to visit the Alexander Street Press website.

Please consider writing a document project for the website. It is an excellent way to bring your work to the attention of our large audience. If you have an idea for a possible project, please drop us an email note. Or consult our guidelines for submissions, at http://womhist.binghamton.edu/subguide.htm. We'd be pleased to work with you in developing your ideas.

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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