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5 Online Library Resources to Explore for Women’s History Month

March 8, 2019

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by exploring these online library resources!


1. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000 (Scholar’s Edition)

This resource documents women's activism in public life by bringing together books, images, pamphlets, advice literature, training guides, documents (including primary documents), scholarly essays, commentaries, bibliographies, links to other websites, and other ephemera that provide snapshots of women's struggle for equality over time and across regions.

2. Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries

This resource compiles hundreds of thousands of pages of the personal writings of women from the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Date coverage is approximately 1750–1950, and the collection is particularly strong in the 19th century material. The contents consist of high quality images of the original manuscripts, and may be searched by place of origin, destination of correspondence, age of author, occupation of author, author's date and place of birth, and more.

3. North American Women’s Letters and Diaries: Colonial Times to 1950

This resource provides full text access to the personal writings of American women from all classes and walks of life, from colonial times to 1950. Includes approximately 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries, plus more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished materials, drawn from 605 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings.

4. Everyday Life of Women in America, c.1800 – 1920

This resource includes fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals, and broadsides focused on 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection offers insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.

5. Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History: Women’s Travel Diaries and Correspondence

This resource includes unique manuscripts, diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, postcards and ephemera created by women travelers. Their narratives offer first-hand accounts on how they witnessed major historical events and how they perceived women’s lives and cultures around the world, anticipating the rise of modern tourism and travel industry.