Library Resources for "Women and Work in America"
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Books | Microfilm Collections | Magazines and Newspapers | Texts and Images on the Web

I. Books
IUCAT: Indiana University Libraries' catalog.

Terms in keyword searches should be connected with and
women and farming and united states
Results from subject searches are often more relevant. Select Exact, enter a Library of Congress subject heading, then click on Subject. Some helpful subject headings:
women farmers united states
women employment united states history
home labor united states history
sex role in the work environment united states history
businesswomen united states
housewives united states history
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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 Addis, Patrica K. Through a woman's I : an annotated bibliography of American women's autobiographical writings, 1946-1976. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. (Reference Room, Z7963.B6 A32 1983)

II. Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Print resource 19th Century Reader's Guide (1890-1899) and 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:

women as farmers (artists, brokers, executives, etc)
working girls and women

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.)
Search can be limited to a specific time period. For a sample search, limit the year of publication to 1880-1920 and enter women and farm* in the general keyword field.

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)

Authorized IU Bloomington Users America: History and Life - Electronic index to 2,000 scholarly journals. Useful for finding secondary sources.
Advanced Search provides more search options. Select subject terms from the browsable index for best results.

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. Use Advanced Search, search for history of women as Series, and add a keyword describing your topic

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 Southern Women and their families in the 19th century - An immense collection of diaries and family papers, from libraries and archives in the south. (Microforms HQ1438 .S63 S683. Printed guides to the collections available in Microforms. The collection can also be searched through History Universe)

IV. Texts and Images on the Web
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.

Library of Congress: American Memory - Digitized collections of primary sources on many topics. For example, America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-145 provides access to over 100,000 historical images of American life.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1820-1940 - Primary sources grouped around specific topics in U.S. women's history. Full text, but no page images. Editing of documents is uneven: it may be necessary to check original source (many are from the History of Women microfilm collection, above).

Internet Women's History Sourcebook - Collection of web resources from various sites.

Ad*Access, AdFlip, and Emergence of Advertising in America - Three large collections of historical advertising (useful primary sources for women's attitudes/attitudes towards women).
September 20, 2001

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