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Below you will find collections and databases featuring writing by or about women since 1900. Many of these collections have accompanying images. For more written sources visit the "Images" page of this website. Some of those links include music scores, correspondence, and other written materials.

   ​Women Physicians, 1850s-1970s    

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

   
This collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, college records, images, diaries, publications and ephemera documenting the history of women physicians beginning with the first medical school for women in the United States.
   
Unique manuscripts, diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, postcards and ephemera. All of the material has been indexed and the meta data includes regions, countries and places visited. Topics including the reason for travel have been captured and where available biographical information and a photograph of the traveller are included. All the printed and typescript items are full text searchable.
The collection covers a wide time period from c.1835 right through to the twentieth century, the latest document is from 1976.
The geographical area covered by these diaries is immense. It is a world history resource with travel to countries within the British, French, Chinese and American empires and discussion of empire and nationalism, as well as description of the post-colonial world. A great variety of modes of transport are covered, including sea voyages, road trips, wagon trains and air travel.
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    Women Veterans Historical Project    

   
This collection documents the contributions of U.S. women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of source material including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms, and posters, as well as published works.
    
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    Contemporary Women’s Issues

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Contemporary Women's Issues (CWI), a multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, "gray" literature, and the alternative press -- with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries. Contemporary Women's Issues includes English-language titles from East and West Africa, Asia, and South and Central America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Contemporary Women's Issues compiles into a single collection, often overlooked and hard-to-find newsletters and NGO research reports to which most libraries do not subscribe, plus ephemeral literature from leading research institutes and grass roots organizations that is rarely indexed or cataloged.
Contemporary Women's Issues records are indexed by 17 categories, including subject, region, article type and publication type. Basic searching on the Internet is easy -- using keywords, with options to search full-text, enhanced titles, author or book author. Advanced searching is done using convenient pull-down menus for selecting indexed terms.
    (Full-text database) This database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGOs, government and special reports.    
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  An archival research source comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture        
    
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Gender Watch

      Women in the National Archives,
Great Britain   

  Women and Social Movements, International, 1840 to the Present 

    Houses millions of pages, audio tracks, videos, images, and playlists in literature; music; women’s history; black history; psychological counseling and therapy; social and cultural history; drama, medical, theatre, film, and the performing arts; religion; sociology; and other emerging areas.    

Discovering American Women's History Online

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

    This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interview with women engineers from the 1970s.    
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is the largest electronic collection of women’s diaries and correspondence ever assembled. Spanning more than 300 years, it presents the personal experiences of hundreds of women. Complementing Alexander Street’s British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries, the database is ideal for research in women’s studies, history, sociology, literature, genealogy, and other fields.
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The Women's Wear Daily Archive


 Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture    

A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry's most influential reads. Key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers and advertisers are all covered in this publication of record.
This collection contains manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women's Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. The Women's Liberation Movement refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and equal pay. Feminist print culture, such as the examples provided in the collection, supported and sustained the Women¹s Movement and connect it to other movements for social justice. The original version of this digital collection was produced in 1997 by then Duke Women's Studies Archivist, Ginny Daley along with then Duke professor Anne Valk to support assignments in her class on the Social History of American Women. Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon also contributed to material selection in conjunction with their publication of their book, Dear Sisters: Dispatches From The Women's Liberation Movement (Basic Books, 2001). The newly launched collection includes image scans of all documents and is full-text searchable. Photographs, flyers, planning documents, and responses to the 1968 and 1969 Miss America pageant protests, which launched Women's Liberation in the public consciousness, have been added to the collection.

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Women's Magazine Archive

An archival research resource comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.
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Martha Gellhorn Archive​

This website includes many of Martha Gellhorn's articles, especially those written for Collier's Weekly. The site includes an interview with Gellhorn (1983), as well as several of the obituaries that appeared after her death in 1998.

Edith and Grace Abbott Papers at University of Chicago

Papers of Edith Abbott contain professional and personal correspondence, lecture notes for courses taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Administration (SSA), speeches and articles, the draft of the unfinished biography of Grace Abbott, some administrative files and reports of SSA, biographical material, and photographs. Papers of Grace Abbott contain personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts of articles, speeches, and radio broadcasts; biographical material; invitations; scrapbooks relating to the United States Children's Bureau; and pamphlets and memoranda on the Child Labor Amendment of 1924-25. Correspondents include Jane Addams, Sophonisba Breckinridge, Julia Lathrop, Frances Perkins, S.K. Ratcliffe, and Gifford Pinchot. Subjects include Hull House, child labor laws, child welfare, immigration, philanthropy, and public welfare administration. Also contains Abbott family papers, including correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs.

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Edith Abbott Papers at Harvard University

The Harvard University "Women WOrking, 1830--1930" collection includes several studies authored by Edith Abbott, available in digital form.
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Abbott Family Collection

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The Nabraska Historical Society collection, containing photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings, published articles, and memorabilia of members of the Abbott family, principally Othman A., Mrs. Elizabeth, Edith, and Grace Abbott. The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Othman A. and Elizabeth M. Abbott, 1879-1945; 2) Edith Abbott, 1917-1958; 3) Grace Abbott, 1914-1978; and 4) the Abbott Family, 1847-1976.

Petra Kelly

The Petra Kelly archive is a unique resource on the history of the Green Party in Germany and of the global movements against the nuclear threat and for disarmament, peace, human rights, and emancipation. By providing the public with access to Petra Kelly’s extraordinarily prolific writings, the archive honours the memory of her remarkable personality and strives to promote her ideas for a new political culture.
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