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Welcome to Women's History, part of WGSSLinks, developed and maintained by the
Women & Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

This page lists annotated links of various comprehensive sources of U.S. and global women and gender history. Be sure to check out Archival Sites for Women and Gender Studies also on WGSSLINKS.

American History
International History
Women's History Conferences

Comprehensive Sites

Internet Women's History Sourcebook
Contains full text of a wide range of primary source materials as well as secondary texts related to women in ancient history, early European history, modern European history, Latin America, United States, Asia, Afria, and Australia.
ViVa: A Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals
ViVa is a current bibliography of articles about women's and gender history. Articles published in English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are selected from 167 European, American, Canadian, Asian, Australian and New Zealand journals.

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Ancient Times

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Compilation of biographical information on women mathematicians from the 18th century and before to the present day.
Diotima : Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
Collection of resources concerning gender in the Mediterranean world. Includes a searchable bibliography, links to art collections, anthology of translations and desired translations of primary sources, and links to many other resources.

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Medieval and Renaissance

Country versus City in Early Modern England
Gain a brief overview of women's roles in the English Renaissance.
Early Modern Women Database
Links to World Wide Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period ca. 1500 to ca. 1800.
This site indexes over 250 journals and essay collections in this growing area of women's history scholarship.
Monastic Matrix: A Scholarly Resource for the Study of Women's Religious Communities from 400-1600 CE
A growing collection of biographical, bibliographical information about women in Medieval religious communities. The site is adding images, full text and information about archives.
Women in World History: Early Modern Period
Places this time period in a global context and discusses the term "early modern". Contextualizes select primary sources such as a manual for witch hunters, a diary, and advice book and more. Each is examined to show both women's concerns and men's preoccupation with them. Women in World History is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and part of World History Matters, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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American History

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: Digital Schomburg
This nineteenth-century printed record includes poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises.
Agents of Social Change: Online Exhibit
An exhibit of material for the Sophia Smith Collection featuring resources on 20th century women's activism. Includes records from the Gloria Steinem collection, as well as other women activists and the Women's Action Alliance. Resources highlight women's involvement in labor, civil liberties, peace, urban reform, welfare rights and women's rights. http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/
American Women
A gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women's history and culture in the United States. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/awhhtml
American Memory (Library of Congress) -- Women
The Library's digital collection of historical documents includes sections on women's history, including

American Women's History: A Research Guide
Rich site maintained by Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University Library, describing and linking to all general and subject specific information and primary sources in women's history.
Core Lists in Women's Studies - U.S. Women's History
Maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.
The Emma Goldman Papers
Comprensive site describing the collected papers of this famous activist, including finding aids to the collection, photographs, selected writings, and bibliographical essays and references.
Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
A searchable database which provides access to over 900 finding aids describing archives and manuscripts found at five Colleges. These colleges include: Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, Mount. Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections;Smith College Archives, Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Sophia Smith Collection, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Godey's Lady's Book
Digitized version of issues of this important 19th century literary publication. Maintained by the University of Vermont.
The HathiTrust Catalog features additional digitized versions, along with related digitized books and magazines.
Georgia Women of Achievement
Provides information about important Georgia women who can serve a role models. All recognized women are deceased.

Living the Legacy:The Women's Right's Movement 1848-1998
Sponsored by the National Women's History Project, this site traces the history of the women's rights movement in the United States.

Multimedia Sites in Women's History
This site, maintained by Ken Middleton at Middle Tennessee State University, lists and annotates internet accessible multimedia sites on primarily American women's history.
National First Ladies' Library
Site highlighting the library dedicated in 1998 in honor of the First Ladies of the U.S.; The library is both a physical and digital library, with the physical portion housed in Canton, Ohio at the former home of President and Mrs. McKinley.; The internet site contains an extensive bibliography on all of the First Ladies, the only one of its kind.
National Women's Hall of Fame
Organized by the National Women's Hall of Fame, includes biographies and photographs of "great" American women.
National Women's History Project
Informative site from the organization that instituted March as Women's History month. Contains information on current celebrations, activities to promote gender equity in education, collection of feminist quotes, biographical sources, and a substantial collection of links to other women's history sites.
Places Where Women Made History: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Fascinating tour of 74 historic places in Massachusetts and New York that are important in women's history. Includes interactive maps, descriptions of each place's significance in women's history, photographs, information on public accessibility, essays on women's achievements in American history, and links to other pertinent Web sites.
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Complete information on this important library and its collections, policies, special events, etc.
Suffragists Oral History Project
Transcriptions of taped interviews with 12 twelve leaders of the Sggragist Movement. Produced under the auspices of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office.

Triangle Factory Fire
Presents original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire, held by the Cornell University Library.
Site on Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women in U.S. history authorized to fly military aircraft. Includes a scrapbook, pictures, history, quotes, and links to other W.A.S.P. sites.
Women and Social Movements in the United States 1775-2000 
Rich collection of primary resource material, organized around projects created by undergraduate and graduate students at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.  The projects include an opening question, introduction, and document list with full text of primary source material used to answer the question.  Site co-directed by noted scholars Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, and funded by the NEH.
Women in American History
Collection of articles, timelines, biographies, photographs, etc. created by Encyclopedia Britannica
Women in History: Selected Background Readings  
Compiled by Kay E. Vandergrift (Associate Professor, Rutgers University) Principally on American women's history.
Women in Vietnam 
Interviews, articles, first person accounts, links and more.
Women Working in the United States - 1870-1939
Focusing on women's participation in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930. From the Harvard Libraries Open Collections Program, this project is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of bringing together books, manuscripts, and images from across the Harvard libraries and museums.
Worchester Women's History Project 
Site commemorating the first national women's rights convention, held in Worchester, MA in 1850.  Includes archives of text concerning the convention and also plans for conference in October 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary. 

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Canadian History

Canadian Women in History
Susan Merritt, a women's history scholar and writer, maintains this site with biographical information on various Canadian women, trivia questions, quotations, and other website links.

Celebrating Women's Achievements
Maintained by the National Library of Canada, this site gives biographical information, pictures, audio files as appropriate and references for these important Canadian women.

Early Canadiana Online
Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a collaborative research project to provide Web access to a digital library of primary sources in Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of literature, women's history, travel and exploration, native studies and the history of French Canada.
A Guide to Canadian Women in History
Attempts to be a comprehensive web-site on women in Canadian history. The Time Travel and This month in herstory are very useful features.


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International History

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Compilation of biographical information on women mathematicians from the 18th century and before to the present day.
Corelist in Women's Studies for International History
Maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Compilation of biographical information links on women throughout time. Indexed by name and also by field of endeavor.
Emancipation of Women: 1750-1920 (Great Britain)
A basic overview of the development of British women's movements. Provides details of the women involved, pressure groups and their strategies and relevant legislation.
4000 Years of Women in Science 
Biographies of more than 100 women in science through time.  Includes some pictures as well.
Gender Matters
A part of a larger site entitled "The Victorian Web." This section links to full text articles about social conditions and gender as it relates to science, health, the arts, and religion.
Based at The Women's Library in London, the purpose of Genesis is to identify and develop access too women's history sources in the British Isles. Contains a comprehensive list of websites relating to women's history sources, including national and international sites.
H-Women (discussion group)
Keyword search the archives of this academic discussion group on women's history.
Kamat's Potpourri:  The Women of KalaRanga
Site on Indian women and their history, developed and maintained by Dr. Jyotsna Kamat, a women's studies scholar.
Sources for Women's History at the IISH
Finding aids for women's history materials in the collection of the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), as well as ViVa, a current bibliography of women's history in historical and women's studies journals. The articles cited are in English, French, German and Dutch.
Victorian Women Writers Project
Transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. A project developed at Indiana University.
Women Immigrants, 1945 To The Present
An electronic update of Eleanore O. Hofstetter's Women in Global Migration 1945-2000: A Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Bibliography. Divided by the following categories: demography, economics, education, general, health and medicine, law and government policy, personal narratives, religion, and sociology.
Women's History Resources
A large collection of annotated links to sites about women's history, American women's history, and non-American women's history.
Women's International Center
This nonprofit organization includes several informative history links on its homepage, including biographies in calendar order, a long article on the history of women in America, and other biographical links.
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Women's History
Listing women's history institutions and organizations, locating archival and library collections, and providing links to Internet resources for women's history is the main prupose of this Virtual Library. In addition, a list of women's studies journals and a few comprehensive link collections useful as a starting point for searching the Internet for women's studies in general are included.


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Women's History Month
(Celebrated in March in the U.S./ October in Canada)

Celebrating Women's History Month (Gale Research) 
Updated site full of information, including biographies of eighty influential women in world history, activities, timeline of women's history, quiz, and important trials in women's history, including the trial on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Baby M, Tailhook scandal, and the Virginia Military Institute as well as other trials.
Depiction of 1999 poster celebrating women's portrayal on U.S. postage stamps.   This year's theme is:  Women Putting our Stamp on America. This link is part of the complete site maintained by the National Women's History Project.
Women's History Month activities
Designed by the Social Studies School Service. The site includes lesson plans, web exercises, and reviews of curriculum materials.
Canada's Women's History Month
Celebrated in October. Maintained by Canada's Ministry for Status of Women.


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Women's History Conferences

Berkshire Conference on the History of Women
Information on this annual conference held in upstate New York.
Other Women's Studies Conferences
This list is part of the huge Women's Studies Resources website at the University of Maryland, College Park.  It includes conference announcements on women's history and other disciplines.
Southern Association for Women Historians
Holds a conference every three years.

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Women's History speeches/Speakers/Performers

Women's Speeches from Around the World
Full text of speeches by contemporary women and selected famous 19th century women.
Open Directory's Women's Studies Speakers & Performers
Not all of these speakers deal with women's history, but a substantial number do.

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Maintained by: Jane Nichols, Oregon State University
Previously maintained by: Ruth Dickstein, University of Arizona Library
Originally created by: Rachel Murphree
URL: http://www.libr.org/wgss/wgsslinks/history.html
Last updated: April 4, 2008
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