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                                                                                                            October 2006

                        ISSUE 10:3 IS ONLINE AND OTHER WASM NEWS

Dear Colleague—

This newsletter brings you up-to-date on Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 since our summer update.  We’ve added a lot to the site since then. 


For five months we have been sponsoring The "Second Wave" and Beyond, a free online "scholarly community" of feminist thinkers to discuss and record the history of feminist activism since 1960.  This new resource is directed by an editorial board consisting of Judith Ezekiel, Stephanie Gilmore, and Kimberly Springer.  Check it out and register to participate at

While this scholarly community is developing, we are also working on a second online community, "Teaching Women’s History," which we’ll launch in February.  Look for this initiative next winter, under the direction of Nancy Page Fernandez and Laura Westhoff.


A preliminary version of a new online database edited by Kitty Sklar and Tom Dublin is now available.  Primary Sources of the Women’s Movement, 1960 – Present: Publications on the Status of Women will provide a single, authoritative, searchable archive of primary materials documenting the history of changes in women's lives in the U.S. in the last third of the 20th century. It will include the full texts of all reports and publications of local, state, and federal commissions on the status of women. We are currently in the middle of a massive bibliographical project of identifying, selecting, and re-keying all commission publications for which we can secure photocopies.  We have just published the first 12,000 pages of these documents in the preliminary release and expect the database to grow to 70,000 pages when our work is complete.

Because of its size, Primary Sources of the Women’s Movement, 1960 – Present: Publications on the Status of Women will be available separately from Women and Social Movements, either by one-time purchase or by annual subscription.  It will be fully integrated with Women and Social Movements, so that researchers at institutions with access to both databases can conduct subject or full-text searches in both resources at the same time.  This databasewill be marketed on a sliding scale similar to that for Women and Social Movements, the price depending on the size of your library budget.

It's not too soon to alert your acquisitions librarian to the availability of this new resource.  For further information, you or your librarian can contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press,, 800-889-5937 ext. 211 (U.S. and Canada) or 703-212-8520 ext. 211 (international).  Your librarian will be able to sign up for a free one-month trial if you would like to explore this first release.  We trust that you'll be as excited as we are by the availability of this rich resource.


With a group of Canadian scholars of Women’s History we are organizing a special quarterly issue with document projects and book and website reviews devoted to Canadian Women’s History.  We hope that these and other future document projects will give the website a thoroughly North American perspective. The call for submission of proposals for this initiative is available online at:



We are pleased to announce a new effort on our part to integrate more fully the history of Catholic Women and Social Movements in the United States into our database.  To that end, Professor Carol Coburn ( of Avila University will be taking a lead in soliciting proposals for document projects that address this topic.  Her call for submission of proposals is available at


In this issue we are departing from our typical publishing schedule to present a single, very large document project and database, "How Did Oregon Nurses Use the Ideology of Professionalism to Advance Their Interests in the Twentieth Century?" edited by Patricia Schechter of Portland State University.  The document project examines tensions between professionalism and unionism among nurses interviewed in a major oral history project sponsored by the Oregon Nurses Association.  The project includes thirty-seven transcriptions of oral history interviews and provides 836 pages of primary materials for use by students and scholars.  We are pleased to make these interviews available to a broad audience.

Other features in this issue include four book reviews, two new teaching tools, and News from the Archives edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.   We welcome a new book review editor with this issue, Professor Carol Faulkner at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and express our thanks to Victoria Brown who ably launched this section of the website over the past two years.

With this quarterly issue of the database, we continue to publish full-text sources related to the history of the women’s organizations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This issue includes the second installment of twenty-five years of the minutes and reports of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898.  When this undertaking is complete, in the summer of 2007, we expect to have published 6,000 pages of NWCTU annual reports from the Union’s first national convention through the close of Frances Willard’s period as president of the organization.  We have several projects afoot to determine what full-text materials will follow the NWCTU series and hope to have something to announce in December or January.

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

FUTURE ISSUES:  Future document projects in our pipeline focus on:



We continue to solicit new proposals for document projects to be published on the website.  In the past two years we have established a national editorial board and created a peer review system for evaluating prospective contributions and offering editorial support to author/editors.  If you are interested in preparing a document project based on your research, we would be glad to exchange email with you about your work and the submission process.  If your prospective document project concerns post-1960 feminism, please contact either Judith Ezekiel at , Kimberly Springer at, or Stephanie Gilmore at  For a project idea concerning women in the colonial or early national period, contact Patricia Cleary at Finally, Carol Lasser (at  at Oberlin College serves as the editor for our images initiative.  If you would like to prepare a document project or analytic essay that explores some aspect of women and social movements from a visual perspective, please contact Carol.  For other project possibilities, please contact Tom Dublin at or Kitty Sklar at

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.  As you look over the 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

                                                        Kate Babbitt

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