Links: Women's History

The Frances Perkins Center
Based at the historic Perkins family homestead in Newcastle, Maine, the Frances Perkins Center was formed in 2009 to carry on Frances Perkins's commitment to social justice and economic security and tell the story of her accomplishments as the first female Cabinet member, FDR's secretary of labor for 12 years, and a principal author of the New Deal.

Nellie Bly, Pioneer Woman Journalist
This visually-appealing site feature a biography, images, and resources about the "best reporter in America" who lived from 1864 to 1922. Her original articles are also available here and can be downloaded.

Women in Media
This website provides teaching resources and research materials on pioneering women in communication and media studies. It is a supporting website for the documentary film "Out of the Question: Women, Media, and the Art of Inquiry." This 38-minute film by award-winning filmmaker Naomi McCormack and Peter Simonson charts the careers of five women and their experiences as researchers and audience members for the media of their era. The film provides a compelling window into gendered cultures of work, communications, and the social sciences in 1940s America, addressing issues of both historical and contemporary significance. The women featured in the film and on the website span a variety of disciplines including communication/media studies, women's studies, sociology, and American studies.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street,
Hartford, CT 06105

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is the site of the 1871 Victorian cottage, home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of the influential anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Center’s grounds also include gardens and the 1884 home of Katherine Seymour Day, niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe. The carriage house on the grounds is the Visitor Center, where visitors can tour the newly installed exhibition, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Moral Battle Cry for Freedom,” and view artifacts and objects portraying the national and international public response to the anti-slavery novel. Guided tours of the Stowe and Day houses are offered. Gift shop. Research library in the Day House open by appointment. Hours: June – Columbus Day, Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. Last tour leaves 30 minutes before closing. Admission: $6.50 Adults, $6. seniors (65+), $2.75 ages 6-16. Free for children under 6 and members. Group rates available.

Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America
List of significant repositories for American Jewish women’s history, with information on published guides, examples of collections of oral histories and private papers, location of records of national offices of Jewish women’s organizations; historical scholarship from 1970 to the present from journals, anthologies, and monographs.

American Women’s History: A Research Guide to Archival Collections
definitive guide to searching archives: resources, finding aids, and directories of archives.

American Women’s Diaries
multicultural collection of primary source documents written by 18th, 19th, and early 20th century women from New England, the South, and West.

Susan B. Anthony
biography of this pioneer (1820-1906) for abolition, temperance, and women’s rights, including a timeline of events in her life. Also: information about Anthony’s Rochester (NY) home, now a National Historic Landmark.
URL:  (and select “biography” from menu in the left frame)

Carrie Chapman Catt
Biography of the suffrage leader, photos, resources, links.

Coalition for Western Women’s History
resources for studying and teaching about women in the American west: bibliographies, core book lists, syllabi.

Edited Collections of Primary Sources in U.S. Women’s History
the Journal of Women’s History lists and describes collected works of primary sources, most published within the last twenty-five years. The documents span the 16th through 20th centuries.

“H-Women” encourages scholarly discussions to communicate current research and teaching interests. Bibliographies for many topics.

Marietta Pierce Johnson and the Organic School
educational philosopher and founder of the organic approach to education.

Lesbian Herstory Archives
guide to a wide-ranging collection of resources, including many primary resources — books, manuscripts, magazines and photographs.

Making It Their Own: Women in the West
women in the American West: biographies, examples of primary texts (diaries, literary works), secondary texts (critical essays, historical studies), resources (biographies, bibliographies, teaching materials), images, and teaching and study materials.

National Archives and Records Administration
pathfinder for women’s history research in this major federal library.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
check the holdings of the foremost women’s history library collection.

State and Regional Resources
an on-line research-guide to state and regional women’s history resources.

Sophia Smith Collection of Smith College
guide to the holdings of this premier women’s history collection, containing over 300 manuscript collections of notable women or families, records of 60 prominent national organizations, fifty subject collections, 600 periodical titles from the Colonial Period to the present.

Uncovering Women’s History in Archival Collections
a state-indexed guide to WWW pages of archives, libraries, and other repositories reporting primary source materials by or about women.

Women’s Collections Roundtable, 1997 Directory
brief descriptions of archival collections that contain primary material on women, posted by the Society of American Archivists.

Women’s History Resources at the South Dakota State Archives
an alphabetical list of manuscript collections, with letters, diaries, photographs, reminiscences, and organizational records.

The Women’s Legal History Biography Project
detailed biographies of over 100 early women lawyers and judges.

Women’s Liberation Research Network
a directory and other information to facilitate research, study, and understanding of the Movement. Academic researchers, writers, teachers, or collectors on the topic will want to sign up to participate further.

Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office
The University of Wisconsin library system has  terrific, up-to-date guides to resources for research, as well as internet links. Their own publications offer in-depth looks at topics pertinent to women’s history.
University of Wisconsin System
430 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-5754 Email:

Charlotte Perkins Gilman newsletter
informative issues of the annual (Spring) newsletter from SUNY-Cortland, with essays, bibliographies, announcements, etc. Fashion illustrations galore, plus poetry, engravings, articles.

Mary Lyon
meet the pioneer of women’s higher education who in 1836 founded Mount Holyoke College, the first college for women. The site is primarily for younger students and teachers.

Julia Morgan Collection
biography, bibliography, list of holdings regarding the architect.

Maurine Dallas Watkins (1896-1969)
american playwright, screen writer, short story author.

Emma Goldman Papers Project
an early advocate of free speech, women’s equality and independence, birth control, and union organization.

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project
a guide to research on Sanger, information about the Project, and online access to the Project’s newsletter articles.