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Primary sources provide first-hand evidence to support research claims or arguments. Created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented, primary resources provide insider knowledge to inform a topic under study. Primary sources include those documents created contemporaneously with events or conditions as they occur, as well as autobiographies, memoirs, artist statements, interviews, and oral histories recorded later. Original creative works (art, photography, film, music, literature) and original artifacts are primary sources. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, published or unpublished format, in microform, or in digital format.
The Perdita Project rediscovers early modern women authors whose works were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form. The manuscripts in this site were written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Find primary source documents covering the history of women in social movements in the U.S. from 1600 to 2000, this collection provides information on women's reform activities by bringing together books, images, and full-text documents as well as scholarly essays, a chronology of U.S. women's history, a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a bibliography, and teaching tools.
Coverage: 1846-2005. This is a searchable, full-text archive of 12 leading American women’s magazines. including Essence, Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. In combination, the publications cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, and culture.
HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance.
Independent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.
Library of Congress’s digitized American historical materials. The original formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music. Includes a section on Women's History.
From Harvard University Libraries, this is a fabulous digital collection of more than 3,100 books and trade catalogs, 900 archives and manuscript items, and 1,400 photographs on women and work life.
The collection is an exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented
From University of Maryland, this collection incluldes AFL-CIO Department records, trade department records, international union records, union programs, union organizations with allied or affiliate relationships with the AFL-CIO, and personal papers of union leaders. We also have extensive photo documentation of labor union activities from the 1940s to the present in the photographic negative and digital collections. Additionally, collections of graphic images, over 10,000 audio tapes, several hundred films and videotapes, and over 2,000 artifacts are available for research and study.
American Periodicals Series Online Journals Digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the 20th century. Titles include Godey's Ladies Book and popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal.
19-Century Masterfile gives citations for writings from 1800-1900 from several nations. It includes references to articles, newspapers, books, and U.S. and U.K. government documents. You will have to search for the full text of what you find here separately, but it is a rich source of primary materials for the 19th-century. You may find some items in our own catalog, or through WorldCat, which you can search directly for more primary material from any century.