Women's Studies

Women's Studies

Women's Studies is a collection of digitized primary sources that amplify the voices of primarily British (but also Australian and European) women in the 18th-20th centuries. They include papers and writings of women of high and low social classes, including aristocratic and working women; writings by suffragettes, feminists and social activists; British government papers that document the public response to the women's suffrage movement; travel writings that illuminate issues of empire and colonialism; and more. Highlights include:

  • The Papers of Sylvia Pankhurst, feminist and socialist activist and writer
  • Travel writings, including journeys to the Middle East, China, and Japan
  • Suffrage Correspondence of Rose Scott, leader in the Women's Suffrage Movement in Australia
  • The Papers of novelist Maria Edgeworth
  • Papers of Harriet Martineau, feminist intellectual
  • Manuscripts and Rare Printed Works of Hannah More, writer, philanthropist, and political activist
  • Diaries of Stella Benson, writer, diarist, and global traveler
  • Rare printed autobiographies of fifty-five women’s lives dating from 1713 to 1889
  • The Women's Penny Paper and Woman's Herald, 1888-1893, which offered news and political discussion by and for women
  • Papers from the Cabinet, Home Office and Metropolitan Police Files in the National Archives, UK (CAB 41, HO 45, HO 144, MEPO 2 & MEPO 3) on Women's Suffrage 
  • The Women's Suffrage Papers of the Manchester Central Library, including the papers of suffrage leaders Lydia Becker and Millicent Garrett Fawcett

This collection may include materials with views and terminology that are now considered outdated, biased, or offensive. 

The original materials are from the following libraries and archives: 

  • Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Amsterdam
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • National Library of Ireland
  • The National Archives, UK
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Manchester Central Library
  • Bodleian Library, Oxford
  • Birmingham University Library
  • Bedfordshire Archives
  • Cambridge University Library
  • Clark Library, Los Angeles
Dates covered

1740 - 1960