Study of Women & Gender

Core Primary Sources

Access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the U.S.

1543 -1945

An international collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals on feminism & the women's rights movement worldwide.

1849-1856

The first newspaper for women (ed. Amelia Bloomer 1849-1854, then Mary Birdsall 1855-1856). Initial coverage of temperance issues later expanded to include articles on child-bearing, education, and women’s rights, with many articles by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

19th & 20th c. women's travel diaries & correspondence from The Schlesinger Library, Harvard University; topics range from emigration, daily life & customs to education, frontier life, missionary work, etc. NOTE: No PDF downloads during trial. Trial ends 4/4/15.

Primary source documents on women's social movements from 1600 to 2000.

1840 to present

Digital primary sources, including conference proceedings, reports of international women's organizations, publications & web pages of women's organizations, plus letters, diaries & memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-19th century.

Fully-digitized versions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, consumer trade catalogs and photographs exploring women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.

More Primary Sources

1450 - 1910

Primary sources from British & European archives on conduct & politeness; domesticity & family; consumption & leisure; education & sensibility; the body.

c. 1800 - 1920

Rare books, pamphlets & periodicals relating to US social & cultural history; strong on conduct & household management; contrasts urban & rural cultures.

Alternative press newspapers, magazines & journals from the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries.

Digitized archival material relating to changing lifestyles, youth culture, student protests, popular culture & media, Civil Rights, women's liberation, minorities, the Space Race, consumerism, nuclear disarmament, etc. No PDF downloads during trial. Trial ends 4/4/15.

1880-1990

Digitized records of the National Women's Party, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Alliance.

Digital copies of primary source materials documenting GPU and Milwaukee's gay liberation movement.