The original print
version of the American Women research guide contained five topical
essays, each exploring an aspect of women's history by analyzing resources
held in different Library divisions. The purpose of these essays was to
demonstrate for researchers how to identify collections relevant to a
topic that are physically separated across the Library's twelve major
Slightly modified for online navigation, the essays complement the division-by-division collection descriptions that constitute the bulk of the research guide. They permit discussions of topics only briefly mentioned in the broader divisional overviews, and they illustrate how different aspects of American women's history may be investigated by focusing on:
Many more topics and avenues of research await the staff's attention, and additional essays will be added in the future. For now, the original five essays are available together with historian Susan Ware's introduction to the book and a brief piece describing the 1780 broadside "The Sentiments of An American Woman," which graced the end papers of the print volume.
"Introduction" to American Women: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States. Susan Ware, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. December 2001.
Abstract: Ware, a noted expert on twentieth-century American women and a former professor of history at New York University, chaired the academic advisory board for the book American Women. She is currently editing the fifth volume of Notable American Women and is nearing completion on a biography of radio talk show pioneer Mary Margaret McBride, whose personal papers, radio broadcasts, and other materials are held by the Library of Congress. In this introductory essay, Ware traces the evolution and current status of the field of women's history, highlights major research themes and scholarly concepts, and describes her own research experiences identifying and utilizing women's history materials in the various divisions of the Library of Congress.
Sentiments of an American Woman." Rosemary Fry Plakas, Rare Book
and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. December 2001.
" With Peace and Freedom Blest!"Woman as Symbol in America, 1590-1800." Sara Day, Publishing Office, Library
of Congress. December 2001.
"Marching for the Vote: Remembering the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913." Sheridan
Harvey, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress.
Long Road to Equality: What Women
Won from the ERA Ratification Effort." Leslie
W. Gladstone, Congressional Research Service,
Library of Congress. December
"Women on the Move: Overland
Journeys to California." Patricia
Molen van Ee, Geography and Map Division,
Library of Congress. December 2001.
House That Marian Built: The MacDowell
Colony of Peterborough, New Hampshire."
Robin Rausch, Music Division, Library
of Congress. December 2001.
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