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American history [computer file] -- Version 4.0. -- New Rochelle, NY : MultiEducator, [1996]. : MERIT LT Stacks - Campus ID or Memorial Courtesy **ONLY** Call No: E178 A395 1996 NOTES: IBM-PC and Macintosh; CD-ROM. 2 computer laser optical discs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 user's manual.Disc 1. The chronology (1004-1929) - African Americans, Women, Native Americans, Presidents, Elections, First Ladies, etc. Presents the history of the U.S. with full-screen photos, over 400 original source documents, nearly 100 video clips, and hours of narration - including dramatic AV overviews.

Celebration of Women Writers: (Links to online versions of writings by women. Searchable by author, century, country, and ethnicity.)

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement:

Douglass: Archives of American Public Address: Site includes links to other collections of speeches and historical documents.

Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945 database provided by UW-Madison Libraries. Books, periodicals, and pamphlets; many are from Europe, but some, such as the periodical Woman's Journal, and publications of National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co. and National League for the Civic Education of Women are from the U.S. Put phrases within quotation marks and use the word NEAR instead of AND to search for two terms that should be present near each other in the documents.

Gifts of Speech: (Speeches by women from around the world, mid-19th cent. to the present)

North American Women's Letters and Diaries Colonial to 1950 database provided by the UW-Madison Libraries. Does not include texts of speeches but you can search for women orators by name in the author field to find some of their letters, etc. See also North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921, Library of Congress.

Women and Social Movements (1600-2000) database provided by UW-Madison Libraries contains documents arranged to interpret and answer particular historical questions. Documents may be searched individually, cross-searched by collection, or across the entire database.

Women in America [computer file] -- Woodbridge, CT : Research Publications, c1994. : MERIT LT Stacks - Campus ID or Memorial Courtesy **ONLY** Call No: HQ1410 .W64 1994 NOTES: IBM PC or compatible; CD-ROM. : Mem. Lib. Microforms/Media Center Room 443.Features over 200 primary source documents and 500 historic images. Audio clips of speeches and folk music add yet another dimension.

For links to more primary source collections on women, see "Women's History Resources,"



American women : their lives in their words : a documentary history / edited by Doreen Rappaport. -- 1st ed. -- New York : T.Y. Crowell, c1990. xvi, 318 p. : ill. : Cooperative Children's Book Center Basic Non-Fiction 305 Rappaport (Non-circulating); MERIT LTy Stacks HQ1410 .A44 1990. Excerpts from women's diaries, letters, speeches, and autobiographical writings provide a first-person look at the history of American women.

American women activists' writings : an anthology, 1637-2002 / edited by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont. New York : Cooper Square Press : Distributed by National Book Network, 2002. xxix, 625 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. College Library Women's Collection, and Hist.l Lib: HQ1410 A45 2002. Contents: Anne Hutchinson -- Abigail Adams -- Margaret Fuller -- Sojourner Truth -- Maria W. Stewart -- Mary Lyon -- Sarah Grimk´e and Angelina Grimk´e Weld -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- Elizabeth Blackwell -- Lucretia Mott -- Elizabeth Packard -- Lucy Stone -- Catharine Beecher -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper --Anna Howard Shaw -- Victoria Woodhull -- Susan B. Anthony -- Frances E. Willard -- Clara Barton -- Jane Addams -- Anna Julia Cooper -- Lillian Wald --Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii -- Zitkala-Sa -- Carry A. Nation -- Helen Keller -- "Mother" Mary Jones -- Ida M. Tarbell -- Mary McLeod Bethune -- Elizabeth Gurley Flynn -- Emma Goldman -- Ida B. Wells-Barnett -- Abigail Scott Duniway -- Margaret Sanger -- Carrie Chapman Catt -- Alice Paul -- Dorothy Day --"Babe" Mildred Didrikson Zaharias -- Amelia Earhart -- Jeannette Rankin -- Rachel Carson -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- Ethel Barol Taylor -- Anne Moody -- Betty Friedan -- Jessie Lopez De La Cruz -- "Jane" -- Gloria Steinem -- Susan Brownmiller -- Adrienne Rich -- Phyllis Schlafly -- Merle Woo -- Geraldine Ferraro-- Wilma Mankiller -- Mary Cunningham Agee -- Margarethe Cammermeyer -- Alice Walker -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- Eileen Collins.

America's working women : a documentary history, 1600 to the present / edited by Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon. -- Rev. and updated. -- New York : Norton, 1995. xxvii, 356 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. : Coll. Lib. Reserve Book Collection; Historical Library: HD6095 A662 1995 (Also numerous copies on campus of the prior edition, 1976)

Black women in white America: a documentary history, comp. by Gerda Lerner. -- New York, Vintage Books [1973, c1972] (and other editions). Coll. Lib. Reserve Book Collection; Coll. Lib. Women's Collection: E185.86 L4 1973; Coll. Lib. Ethnic Studies Collection, Hist. Lib.: E185.86 L4

Classic African American women’s narratives / edited by William L. Andrews.-- New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.xl, 391 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Print version: Mem. Lib. PS647 A35 C56 2003. Table of contents.

The Columbia documentary history of American women since 1941 / edited by Harriet Sigerman. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. College Lib. Women's Collection: HQ1420 C65 2003.

Dear sisters : dispatches from the women's liberation movement / Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon. New York, NY : Basic Books, c2000. xiv, 322 p. College Lib. Reserve Book Collection and Coll. Lib. Women's Collection: HQ1421 D43 2000

Early American women : a documentary history, 1600-1900 / [edited by] Nancy Woloch. -- Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth, c1992. xii, 559 p. : Hist. Lib.: HQ1410 E15 1992

Engendering America : a documentary history, 1865 to the present / [edited by] Sonya Michel, Robyn Muncy ; with Ruth Fairbanks and Elisa Miller. Dubuque, IA : McGraw-Hill, c1999. xi, 355 p. Hist. Lib. HQ1410 E54 1999

The Female experience : an American documentary / [edited by] Gerda Lerner. -- Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill Educational Pub., c1977. : Coll. Lib.; Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib. and Mem. Lib.: HQ1410 F45 (in all )

The feminist memoir project : voices from women's liberation / [edited by Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow]. New York : Three Rivers Press, c1998. xii, 531 p. Coll. Lib. Women's Collection and Hist. Lib.: HQ1426 .F4725 1998

In our own voices : four centuries of American women's religious writing / Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, editors. Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox, 2000. : Hist. Lib.: BR515 .I45 2000

Man cannot speak for her / Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. -- New York : Greenwood, 1989- 2.v. : Mem. Lib.: HQ1154 C28 1989; Hist. Lib.: HQ1154 C28 1989b. Contents: v. 1. A critical study of early feminist rhetoric -- v. 2. Key texts of the early feminists.

The Meridian anthology of early American women writers : from Anne Bradstreet to Louisa May Alcott, 1650-1865 / edited by Katharine M. Rogers. -- New York, N.Y., : Meridian, c1991. xi, 516 p. : Coll. Lib.; Mem. Lib. PS508 W7 M47 1991 (all ). Contents: Anne Dudley Bradstreet - Mary White Rowlandon - Sarah Kemble Knight - Elizabeth Sampson Sullivan Asbridge - Mercy Otis Warren - Abigail Smith Adams - Judith Sargent Murray - Phillis Wheatley - Susanna Haswell Rowson - Harriet Beecher Stowe - Sara Willis Eldredge Farrington Parton, "Fanny Fern" - Harriet Ann Jacobs, "Linda Brent" - Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, "H. Trusta"- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper - Louisa May Alcott.Jarena Lee - Eliza Southgate Bowne - Catharine Maria Sedgwick - Sarah Moore Grimke - Sojourner Truth - Caroline Stansbury Kirkland - Margaret Fuller.

Modern American women : a documentary history / [compiled by] Susan Ware. Chicago, Ill. : Dorsey Press, c1989. xv, 468 p. : Hist. Lib. HQ1410 M63 1989

Mother's first-born daughters : early Shaker writings on women and religion / edited by Jean M. Humez. -- Bloomington : Indiana University P., c1993. : Hist. Lib.; Mem. Lib.: BX9789 W7 M68 1993 (all )

New world, new roles : a documentary history of women in pre-industrial America / Sylvia R. Frey and Marian J. Morton. -- New York : Greenwood, c1986. : Historical Society Library: HQ1416 F74 1986. Women and family life in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Pioneer women orators ; rhetoric in the ante-bellum reform movement / Lillian O'Connor -- New York, Columbia University P., 1954. xvii, 264 p. 23 cm. : Coll. Lib.; Mem. Lib.: PS407 O35 (all) NOTE: This is not an anthology; it is a study of women orators.

Public women, public words : a documentary history of American feminism / edited by Dawn Elizabeth Keetley & John Charles Pettegrew. -- 1st ed. -- Madison, Wis. : Madison House, 1997- : Hist. Lib.: HQ1410 K444 1997 Contents: v. 1. Beginnings to 1900. v. 2. 1900 to 1960. (V. 3 forthcoming.)

Root of bitterness; documents of the social history of American women. Edited. and with an introd., by Nancy F. Cott. -- [2nd ed.] Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press,1996. : Coll. Lib. Reserve Book Coll. HQ1410 R65 1996 (Earlier ed. in Coll. Lib., Coll. Lib. Women's Collection,, Hist. Lib., Law Library, Mem. Lib.: HQ1410 C68)

Second to none : a documentary history of American women / edited by Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Cynthia Russett, and Laurie Crumpacker. -- Lincoln [Neb.] : Univ. of Nebraska Press, c1993. 2 v. : Hist. Lib. ; MERIT Reference Stacks: HQ1410 S43 1993 (all ). Contents: v. 1. From the Sixteenth Century to 1865. v. 2. From 1865 to the Present.

From megaphones to microphones : speeches of American women, 1920-1960 / Sandra J. Sarkela, Susan Mallon Ross, and Margaret A. Lowe. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, c2003.Mem. Lib. PS663 W65 F76 2003. Table of Contents.

We, the American women : a documentary history / Beth Millstein Kava and Jeanne Bodin. -- Rev. ed. -- Chicago : Science Research Associates, c1983. xii, 362 p. : ill. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib.: HQ1426 K385 1983 (Earlier edition: Coll. Lib.: HQ1426 W37; Hist. Lib. HQ1426 W385.

With pen and voice : a critical anthology of nineteenth-century African-American women / edited with an introduction by Shirley Wilson Logan. -- Carbondale : Southern Illinois Univ. P., c1995. xviii, 169 p. ; 22 cm. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Mem. Lib.: PS663 N4 W5 1995 (all .Contents: Maria W. Stewart -- Sojourner Truth -- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper - Anna Julia Haywood Cooper -- Ida B. Wells -- Fannie Barrier Williams -- Victoria Earle Matthews.

Women and the national experience : primary sources in American history / [compiled by] Ellen Skinner. -- [S.l.] : Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, c1996. : Historical Society Library Pamphlet Collection Call No: 96- 716

Women , the family, and freedom : the debate in documents / edited by Susan Groag Bell & Karen M. Offen. -- Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University P., 1983. 2 v. : Mem. Lib.: HQ1150 W65 1983.Contents: v. 1. 1750-1880 -- v. 2. 1880-1950.

Women together : a history in documents of the women's movement in the United States / by Judith Papachristou. New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1976. xiv, 273, vii p. : ill. ; 28 cm. : Coll. Lib.; Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Historical Library; Mem. Lib.: HQ1426 P34 (all )

Women's America : refocusing the past / edited by Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart. -- 5th ed. -- New York : Oxford University P., 2000. xii, 660 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. : Hist. Lib. HQ1426 .W663 2000 on reserve. (Earlier eds: Coll. Lib Reserve Book Collection; Hist. Lib.: HQ1426 W663 1995( all ) : Hist. Lib. HQ1426 W663 1991; HQ1426 W663 1987; HQ1426 W663)

Women's voices : a documentary history of women in America / edited by Lorie Jenkins McElroy. -- Detroit : UXL, 1997. 2 v. (xvi, 170 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm. : MERIT LTy Stacks: HQ1410 W688 1997. Contents: v. 1. Education, abolition, suffrage -- v. 2. Property, equality, production.

Women's voices, women's lives : documents in early American history / edited by Carol Berkin and Leslie Horowitz. -- Boston : Northeastern University P., c1998. xii, 203 p. ; 23 cm. : Historical Society Library Pamphlet Collection: 98- 1297. (17th & 18th cent. documents)





Search for individual women:

To find their writings, etc., browse for them by AUTHOR, herlastname, herfirstname

To find works about them, browse for them by SUBJECT, herlastname, herfirstname

To do both at once, use KEYWORD and search herlastname AND herfirstname

Other useful searches in KEYWORD:

"women orators" AND "United States" women AND literature AND rhetoric AND "United States"
women AND "United States" AND history AND "20th century" women AND "American literature" AND history
... AND "19th century" women AND literature AND "United States" AND history
women AND suffrage AND "United States" women AND temperance AND "United States" AND history
"women's rights" AND "United States" AND history women AND education AND "19th century"
feminism AND "United States" AND history "women's movement" AND "United States"

[NOTE: MadCat keyword requires quotation marks around terms it considers phrases, including "United States".]




All/Most Time Periods:

Born for liberty : a history of women in America / Sara M. Evans. -- New York : London : Free Press ; Collier Macmillan, c1989. : College; Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib.; Mem. Lib.: HQ1410 E83 1989 (all )

Listening to their voices : the rhetorical activities of historical women / edited by Molly Meijer Wertheimer. -- Columbia : Univ. of South Carolina Press, c1997. xii, 408 p. ; 24 cm. : Mem. Lib.: P301 L57 1997. (from ancient times to the 20th cent.)

The majority finds its past : placing women in history / Gerda Lerner. -- New York : Oxford University P., 1979. xxxii, 217 p. ; 22 cm.; also 1981 ed. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib. ; Mem. Lib.: HQ1426 L47 (all )

No small courage : a history of women in the United States / edited by Nancy F. Cott. New York : Oxford University P., c2000. x, 646 p. : ill., maps; 25 cm. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection and Hist. Lib.: HQ1410 N6 2000 (both )

Rhetorical theory by women before 1900 : an anthology / edited by Jane Donawerth. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2002. xlii, 337 p. Mem. Lib. PN173 R435 2002

Two paths to women's equality : temperance, suffrage, and the origins of modern feminism / Janet Zollinger Giele. New York : Twayne Publishers, c1995. : Hist. Lib. HQ1410 G54 1995

Women in the United States, 1830-1945 / S.J. Kleinberg. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1999. xii, 368 p. Hist. Lib. HQ1418 .K64 1999

And for web-based information, try

Women's History links from the UW System Women's Studies Librarian's website:

Women Writers links from the UW System Women's Studies Librarian's website:


17th century and 18th centuries:

American women writers to 1800 / edited by Sharon M. Harris. -- New York : Oxford University Press, 1996. xii, 452 p. ; 23 cm. Locations: Coll. Lib.; Mem. Lib.: PS149 A44 1996

Executing race : early American women’s narratives of race, society, and the law / Sharon M. Harris. Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2005. x, 240 p. ; 24 cm. Mem. Lib. PS149 H37 2005. Table of contents.

First generations : women in colonial America / Carol Berkin ; consulting ed. : Eric Foner. New York : Hill and Wang, 1997, c1996. Coll. Lib.: HQ1416 B43 1997

Good wives : image and reality in the lives of women in northern New England, 1650-1750 / Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. -- 1st Vintage Books ed. -- New York : Vintage Books, 1991. xv, 296 p. : ill., map. Hist. Lib.: HQ1438 N35 U47 1991 (plus numerous copies of prior editions)

To comfort the heart : women in seventeenth-century America / Paula A. Treckel. -- New York, NY: London : Twayne Publishers ; Prentice Hall International, c1996. Locations: Hist. Lib., Mem. Lib. Special Collections/Cairns Collection room 976 Reference : HQ1416 T74 1996 (Cairns copy is non-circulating)

Women and freedom in early America / edited by Larry D. Eldridge. -- New York : New York Univ. P., c1997. Hist. Lib.: HQ1416 W65 1997

Women in the age of the American Revolution / edited by Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert. -- Charlottesville : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by the University P. of Virginia, c1989. viii, 516 p. ; 23 cm. Hist. Lib.: E276 W64 1989

Women of the Republic : intellect and ideology in revolutionary America / Linda K. Kerber. -- New York : Norton, 1986. xiv, 304 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. Hist. Lib.: HQ1418 K47 1986

Women’s education in the United States, 1780-1840 / Margaret A. Nash. -- New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. viii, 203 p. ; 22 cm. Mem. Lib. LC1752 N37 2005

19th Century:

The Abolitionist sisterhood : women's political culture in Antebellum America / Jean Fagan Yellin and John C. Van Horne, editors. -- Ithaca : Cornell University P., 1994. : Hist. Lib.: E449 A1555 1994

Appropriate[ing] dress : women's rhetorical style in nineteenth-century America / Carol Mattingly. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. xv, 175 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. : Mem. Lib. PS407 M38 2002

Doers of the word : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880) / Carla L. Peterson. -- New York : Oxford University P., 1995. : Coll. Lib.; Mem. Lib.: PS153 N5 P443 1995

Imagining rhetoric : composing women of the early United States / Janet Carey Eldred and Peter Mortensen. -- Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2002. xi, 279 p. ; 24 cm. Mem. Lib. PE1405 U6 E43 2002

In her own voice : nineteenth-century American women essayists / edited by Sherry Lee Linkon. -- New York : Garland Pub., 1997. i, 163 p. ; 23 cm. : Mem. Lib.: PS427 I5 1997

Lives of their won: rhetorical dimensions in autobiographies of women activists / Martha Watson. Columbia, SC: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1999. (late-19th and early 20th cent. figures; could be useful in analyzing earlier figures for the methodology). : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection: CT25 W28 1999

Our sister editors : Sarah J. Hale and the tradition of nineteenth-century American women editors / Patricia Okker. -- Athens : Univ. of Georgia Press, c1995. : Hist. Lib., Mem. Lib.: PS1774 H2 Z831995

Radical spirits : spiritualism and women's rights in nineteenth-century America / Ann Braude. -- Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c1989. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib., Mem. Lib.: BF1275 W65 B73 1989

The religious world of antislavery women : spirituality in the lives of five abolitionist lecturers / Anna M. Speicher. New York : Syracuse University P., 2000. xii, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.. : Hist. Lib.: BR525 .S64 2000

Sex and citizenship in antebellum America / Nancy Isenberg. Chapel Hill, N.C. : The Univ. of North Carolina Press, c1998. xviii, 319 p. ; : HQ1236.5 U6 I83 1998

Voices of the nation : women and public speech in nineteenth-century American literature and culture / Caroline Field Levander. -- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998. x, 186 p. : Mem. Lib.: PS374 W6 L48 1997

We are coming: the persuasive discourse of nineteenth-century Black women / Shirley Wison Logan. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University P., 1999. : Hist. Lib., Mem. Lib.: E185.86 L57 1999; also in Memorial Special Collections/Cairns Collection Ref E185.86 L57 1999 (Cairns copy is non-circulating)

Well-tempered women: nineteenth century temperance rhetoric / by Carol Mattingly. Carbondale, Il: Southern Illinois University P., 1998. : Hist. Lib.: HV5229 M37 1998; E-version (NetLibrary):

When hens crow : the woman's rights movements in antebellum America / Sylvia D. Hoffert. -- Bloomington : Indiana University P., c1995. : Coll. Lib. Women's Collection; Hist. Lib.: HQ1236.5 U6 H64 1995

Women in antebellum reform / Lori D. Ginzberg. Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, c2000. x, 143 p. ill.; 21 cm. : Coll. Lib. Reserve Book Coll.: HQ1418 G58 2000

Women's rights emerges within the anti-slavery movement, 1830-1870 : a brief history with documents / Kathryn Kish Sklar. Boston, Mass. : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2000. : Hist. Lib. Pamphlet Collection 99- 5462


20th century

American women in the 1960s : changing the future / Blanche Linden-Ward, Carol Hurd Green. Publisher: New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993. xxii, 585 p. Hist. Lib.: HQ1421 L56 1993

Daring to be bad : radical feminism in America, 1967-1975 / Alice Echols ; foreword by Ellen Willis. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1989. xix, 416 p. College Lib., Hist. Lib. Memorial Lib.: HQ1421 E25 1989

Divided lives : American women in the twentieth century / Rosalind Rosenberg ; consulting editor, Eric Foner. New York : Hill and Wang, 1992. xii, 291 p. College Library Reserve Book Coll. HQ1419 R67 1992

The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993, online version of a 1993 book by Toni Carabillo, Judith Meuli, and June Bundy Csida.

In the company of women : voices from the women's movement / [compiled by] Bonnie Watkins & Nina Rothchild ; foreword by Gloria Steinem. St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c1996. xxv, 352 p. Hist. Lib. and Mem. Lib.: HQ1412 I47 1996

Inventing a voice : the rhetoric of American first ladies of the twentieth century / edited by Molly Meijer Wertheimer. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2004. xii, 486 p. ; 24 cm. Hist. Lib.E176.2 .I57 2004

The women's liberation movement in America / Kathleen C. Berkeley. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. xxvi, 225 p. Hist. Lib.: HQ1421 .B47 1999

The world split open : how the modern women's movement changed America / Ruth Rosen. New York : Viking, 2000. xxxii, 446 p. College Lib. Women's Coll. and Hist. Lib.: HQ1421 .R68 2000

---and many, many more!


SELECTED REFERENCE BOOKS AND RESOURCES (reference books are non-circulating)

American women prose writers to 1820 / edited by Carla J. Mulford, with the assistance of Angela Vietto and Amy E. Winans. -- Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, 1998. : Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: PS221 D5 v.200

American women writers : a critical reference guide from colonial times to the present / edited by Lina Mainiero. -- New York : Ungar, c1979-1994. 5 v. : Coll. Lib. Reference Area; Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: PS147 A4

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (database); Index to biographical dictionaries and other reference sources of biographical information.

The Columbia guide to American women in the Nineteenth Century / Catherine Clinton, Christine Lunardini.New York : Columbia University P., c2000. xv, 331 p. ; 24 cm. : Hist. Lib.: HQ1418 .C58 2000

A Dictionary of British and American women writers, 1660-1800 / edited by Janet Todd. -- Totowa, N.J. : Rowman & Allanheld, 1985. xxiv, 344 p. ; 27 cm. : Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: PR113 D5 1985

The female experience in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America : a guide to the study of the history of American women / Jill K. Conway, with the assistance of Linda Kealey, Janet E. Schulte. -- New York : Garland Pub., 1982. xxiv, 290 p. : Hist. Lib. Reading Room; Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: Z7961 C64 1982

Handbook of American women's history / edited by Angela Howard Zophy, associate editor Frances M. Kavenik. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2000. xx, 724 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. : Hist. Lib. HQ1410 .H36 2000; earlier edition: Coll. Lib. Reference Area; Hist. Lib. Reading Room; Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: HQ1410 H36 1990 ( all )

Nineteenth-century American women writers : a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook / edited by Denise D. Knight ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor. - Westport, Conn. : Greenwood, 1997. xiv, 534 p. ; 24 cm. : Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: PS217 W64 N56 1997

Women in world history : a biographical encyclopedia / Anne Commire, editor, Deborah Klezmer, associate editor. Waterford, CT : Yorkin Publications, c1999-2002. 17 v. : Mem. Lib. Reference Room: HQ1115 W6 1999

Women public speakers in the United States, 1800-1925 : a bio-critical sourcebook / edited by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. -- New York : Greenwood, 1993. xxiv, 509 p. : Mem. Lib. Reference Room 262: HQ1412 W67 1993, and Women public speakers in the United States, 1925-1993 : a bio-critical sourcebook / edited by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994. : Hist. Lib. Reading Room HQ1412 W68 1994


Selected Databases accessible from the UW-Madison Libraries' website: in the "E-Resource Gateway" pick:


AMERICA: HISTORY AND LIFE 1964 - to date; (updated triannually). Indexes and abstracts more than 1700 social science and humanities journals in the field of United States and Canadian history. There are occasional links to fulltext articles.

COMMUNICATION ABSTRACTS 1977 - present. Index to articles in communication studies from 160 journals. For earlier article citations, use COMMUNICATION AND MASS MEDIA COMPLETE database and use the print INDEX TO JOURNALS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES THROUGH 1990 ... / by Ronald J. Matlon and Irene R. Matlon. -- Falls Church, Va. : Speech Communication Assoc, c1975- -- 1974- (known also as the "Matlon Index") . : Mem. Lib. Reference Index Case Room 262 Call No: Z5630 M37. (1990 is the most recent edition) This is a print index to articles in communication periodicals)

COMMUNICATION AND MASS MEDIA COMPLETE. (start dates vary-- indexing for 26 journals goes back to their first issue, some of which were early in the 20th century).(May also access by selected ACADEMIC SEARCH, then the tab "choose databases" at top of screen, then click on COMMUNICATION AND MASS MEDIA COMPLETE.) This database has a mixture of citations and full texts of articles in academic journals in the field. It combines what were formerly two products: CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association (NCA)), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). The default search looks for the search words in the citation and abstract. To search within the full texts, check off: "expand your search to also search within the full text of articles." Articles from these journals (and others) are available in full text: Feminist Media Studies, Journalism History, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Western Journal of Communication, and Women & Language (but NOTE: many journals "embargo" latest issues for a time period, after which they allow them to be added to the database.)

MLA INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY 1963 - to date (updated quarterly).Indexes 3,000 English language and foreign periodicals as well as books, book chapters, and dissertations. Its subject matter includes critical works on authors, literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

WOMEN'S STUDIES INTERNATIONAL 1972 - to date; (updated semiannually). A composite of several contributing databases of citations covering women's studies, women's issues, and gender-focused scholarship from throughout the world. Corresponds to Women Studies Abstracts (1984-); New Books on Women & Feminism (1987-); and other databases and print publications. It contains more than 540,000 citations (!) to books, book reviews, articles, and reports. More than 2,000 academic, popular, and grassroots periodicals are selectively represented. Most material cited is in English; some in French- Canadian, Spanish, or other languages. There are some links to tables of contents from books and to fulltext material.


For reports of women's speeches from mid-nineteenth century onward, it might be useful to try the Historical New York Times (starts in 1851) and for the Chicago area in particular, the Historical Chicago Tribune. (starts in 1890).

ACADEMIC SEARCH (1984 to date; updated daily) and PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY (1988 to date; updated daily). Both are databases of core academic journals for university collections that provide a mixture of many articles in fulltext, others with abstracts or citations-only. Over 1,000 journals in each are available in fulltext.


Visit the Women's Studies Librarian's Office Homepage.

Contact the librarian.

September 29, 2005.