Women’s History Collections

The Feminist Chronicles

The Feminist Chronicles, compiled and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation and written by Toni Carabillo, Judith Meuli, and June Bundy Csida, provides the most thorough history to date of the women’s movement and the advancements women have made in the U.S. from 1953 to 1993.

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College

The Schlesinger Library is devoted exclusively to the study of American women’s history, and holds hundreds of primary sources, including letters and diaries, photographs, books and periodicals, ephemera, oral histories, and audiovisual materials that document the history of women, families, and organizations, primarily in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke Univ.

Duke’s women’s collection contains plantation diaries, women’s suffrage documents, the records of local Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the papers of contemporary feminist activists, and more.

Chicago Women’s Liberation Union Herstory Project

This site offers access to original documents on the founding of the CWLU, as well as resources for feminist activists today – a huge online collection of documents, photos, and more!

Feminist Majority’s Teach Women’s History Guide

This Teacher’s Guide, provided on FM’s website in 1995, gives a sample approach to teaching women’s history, including topic breakdowns and bibliography.

National Women’s History Project

The authoritative women’s history site, the National Women’s History Project page includes classroom ideas, suggested ways to honor women’s history in your community, a listing of events nationwide, membership information, links, and more.

Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women’s history, with over 6,000 linear feet of material in manuscript, print, and audio- visual formats.

History of Sexuality: Special Collections, Duke Univ.

This collection provides primary sources, including letters and journals, for the history of sex, sexuality, and the construction of gender.

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