Primary Sources for Women's Movements in the U.S.


Magazines and Newspapers

Microfilm Collections

Texts and Images on the Web

I. Books
Unrestricted Access IUCAT
Indiana University Libraries' catalog. Contains records for 85% of the IU Libraries' collections. Remember to check the card catalog for materials published before 1976, if they are not listed in IUCAT.

Useful subject headings:
women--suffrage--united states--history
womens rights--united states--history
equal rights amendments--united states

Print resource Cline, Cheryl. Women's diaries, journals, and letters : an annotated bibliography. New York : Garland Pub., 1989. (Reference Room, Z7963.B6C55 1989)

Print resource Goodfriend, Joyce D. The published diaries and letters of American women : an annotated bibliography. Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, c1987. (Reference Room, Z5305.U5G66 1987).

Print resource Arksey, Laura. American diaries : an annotated bibliography of published American diaries and journals. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1983-c1987. (Reference Room, Z5305.U5A74 1983).

II. Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Print resource 19th Century Reader's Guide (1890-1899)
Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-present)
Complete index of 150-200 most widely circulated American periodicals. (Citations only; all or most of the sources are available in the IU Libraries. Reader's Guide is shelved across from Reference Desk, AI3 .R21).
Entries are alphabetical by subject. Look under:

Woman Suffrage
Woman--Rights of Women
Woman--Equal Rights
United States--Constitution--Amendments

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Periodicals Contents Index (PCI)
Searchable index of nearly 2,500 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues (the earliest is 1780) through 1990/1991. (Citations only; all or most of the sources are available in the IU Libraries.)
Useful search terms include:

woman suffrage
women's liberation

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Historical Newspapers Online
Electronic index to the New York Times, 1851-1923 and the London Times, 1790-1945. (Citations only; text is available in Microforms, AN2.N5 T5 and AN4.L8 T5)

III. Microfilm Collections
Microfilm available at IUB Main Library History of Women
Filmed from the holdings of the foremost U.S. women's history collection, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College. (Microforms, HQ45).
Collection is cataloged in IUCAT. Sample search within collection in IUCAT:
k=(history women.ti.) and families

Microfilm available at IUB Main Library Papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its principal leaders
Official records, letters, newspaper clippings, leaflets, scrapbooks, diaries, etc. Guide to the collection includes detailed biographical information on early 19th-century women activists. (Microforms, HD6079.2 .U5 P37 1979).

Microfilm available at IUB Main Library Herstory
Newspapers, journals and newsletters by and about women and women's organizations, published primarily between 1969 and 1971, from the collections of the Women's History Research Center, Berkeley. (Microforms, HQ27).

Microfilm available at IUB Main Library Grassroots women's organizations. Women's suffrage in Wisconsin
Records of the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association, 1816-1952 (Microforms, JK1911.W5 G73 1989).

IV. Texts and Images on the Web
Unrestricted Access Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Currently contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. From the University of Michigan and Cornell University.

Unrestricted Access Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
From the Library of Congress. Provides fulltext and page images of a 167 documents.

Unrestricted Access Votes for Women: Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920

Unrestricted Access Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-2000
Primary sources grouped around specific topics in U.S. women's history. Full text, but no page images. (Many of the original documents are available in the History of Women microfilm collection, above).

Unrestricted Access Internet Women's History Sourcebook
Collection of resources from various sites, such as Suffragists Oral History Project from Berkeley.

Unrestricted AccessNational Museum of Women's History
See "Featured Exhibit" for images of events, publications, buttons, banners, etc.
October 23, 2000

Celestina Wroth (
Librarian for History, Religious Studies,
and History & Philosophy of Science
Main Library E560, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405, (812) 855-1336