North American Women's Letters and Diaries

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North American Women's Letters and Diaries provides full text access to the personal writings of North American women from all classes and walks of life, from colonial times to 1950. All age groups, all life stages, many ethnicities, and many geographical regions are represented. Some writings are by prominent women, while others provide insight into the everyday lives of ordinary women. Whenever possible, the collection includes biographical information about the author of each document.

Over 1300 authors are represented in this collection. The collection includes approximately 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries and more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished materials. Materials and collection data have been drawn from a variety of sources, including unpublished letters and diaries, journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings.

To cross-search this collection with several other Alexander Street primary source letter and diary collections, please use Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online.

Dates covered

Colonial times to 1950.

Type of coverage

Full text letters, diaries, and other material.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press