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May 2004

Dear Colleagues--

There is a great deal happening at the Women and Social Movements website as we take a few moments to send you this final newsletter of the 2003-2004 academic year. If you haven't used the website in recent weeks, you may find some surprises. Please do pay us a visit and check out the changes.

The first issue of our online quarterly journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, found at http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm appeared in late March and is available by library subscription. There you will find all the document projects formerly on our SUNY Binghamton site, including six that we added with that issue. On the website's home page you can click on "Current Issue" to see what we have added most recently to the website. In June we expect to add three more document projects and three sets of document-based questions as part of issue 8:2 of the journal.

Our new partnership between Alexander Street Press and the Center for the Historical Study of Women at SUNY Binghamton is working smoothly and we are planning more changes for the coming year. We had an exciting meeting in Boston during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, as about 100 joined us for lunch and presentations focused on the new journal/website/database. At the present time we have forty-nine document projects on the site, along with more than 17,000 pages of books, pamphlets and proceedings related to women’s rights and woman suffrage, 1830-1930. With Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing™ and an authors’ database, the website has become a valuable research tool that you and your students will want to access.

The new authors' database currently includes biographical data on more than 900 authors whose writings appear on the website. One of our regular tasks now is to research authors and to add as full biographical information as we can find in a variety of biographical dictionaries and online sources. The full-text search function of the website is fully integrated with the authors' database permitting users to tailor finely-tuned searches based on the identities of authors. By regularly updating the authors' database, we make the website's resources that much more useful for users.

March was our biggest month ever, as more than 40,000 visitors came to the site and accessed almost 250,000 pages. The website is widely used in courses, and is receiving increased research use as well. We hope that your library will subscribe soon so that you and your students will continue to have access to the site’s rich resources. For your library’s trial subscription, encourage your librarian to go to http://www.alexanderstreetpress.com/request.htm.

The subscription route will increasingly be your only way to access the resources available on the website. On April 1 we removed twenty document projects from the Binghamton website as we begin to effect the transition to our expanded, subscription website co-published with Alexander Street Press. After July 1 we will no longer be able to draw on grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, so subscription revenues will be the major source of funding our editorial efforts. Only by subscribing to the website will your library be able to provide continuing access to the document projects, full-text documents, book and website reviews, and teaching tools that are on the website and the array of database and searching tools that we have assembled to access these resources.

The new document projects that will appear in our second quarterly issue (June 2004) include:

Kathryn Kish Sklar, SUNY-Binghamton, "How Did the Removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia Shape Women’s Activism in the North, 1817-1838?"

Katherine Osburn, Tennessee Technological University, "How Did White Women Reformers with the Southern Utes Respond to Gendered Assimilationist Indian Policies?"

Nancy Unger, Santa Clara University, "How Did Belle La Follette Oppose Segregation by Race in Washington, D.C., 1913-1914?"

Other pathbreaking document projects will appear in the near future. They focus on:
· 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

We have in place new editors who will be coordinating reviews and teaching tools that will appear on the website and we urge you to contact them if you would be interested in writing for the website. Professor Victoria Brown of Grinnell College has agreed to serve as the site’s book review editor, and Melanie Shell-Weiss of Johns Hopkins University will be organizing website reviews. We have also recruited an able group to edit the Teaching Tools section of the website. They include 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. Please feel free to send email to any of these editors to alert them to your interest in being added to a list of prospective contributors in any of these areas.

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. 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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