New Online Guides in Sophia Smith Collection

We are excited to announce the beta launch of our new website.
Please take a look and give us your feedback.


Research guides have been added for Woman and Disabilities, Jewish Women, Local History, and Women of Color and Race Relations in the U.S.
Anti-suffrage postcard, 1909. Copyright Dunston-Weiler Lithograph Co. (Suffrage Collection)

The SSC reference staff has prepared a number of research guides to provide an overview of the major subject areas represented in the SSC. They highlight selected sources in those areas and are a good place to begin if you have not yet chosen a research topic. Note that these lists are not exhaustive. The SSC has especially rich holdings in many subject areas and these guides feature the more significant collections among them. We have also made an effort to include smaller amounts of materials that are "hidden" in collections and may easily be missed. Links to finding aids are provided if available online. If not online, the finding aid is available in the SSC, and you can contact us to request a copy. Unprocessed (definition) collections are generally not included here, although many are open for research. To search all of our open collections for more specific topics, see Searching SSC Collections under Doing Research.
Anti-suffrage postcard, 1909. Copyright Dunston-Weiler Lithograph Co. (Suffrage Collection)
African American Women (collections of and about)

Artists, Architects, and Filmmakers

Contemporary Women's Movement

Diaries, Autobiographies, and Commonplace Books

Women and Disabilities

Family Papers

Jewish Women


Labor in the U.S.

Law and Legislation

Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Local History

Medicine and Health Fields

Reproductive Rights and Women's Health

Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

Social Work Archives   (digitized brochure)

Suffrage Movement


See also the Oral Histories List