Women's Studies Section
Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
Historical Collections for the National Library
|Primary Source Types for Women's Studies||TEXT
|Diaries / Letters / Personal Papers|
|Interviews / Press Conferences / Speeches|
Film / Moving Images
|Prints / Other Images|
|Subjects for Women's Studies||Advertising|
|African American Women|
|Birth Control / Reproductive Rights|
|Civil War (United States), 1861-1865|
|Frontier and Pioneer Life|
|Labor / Employment|
|Law / Legal Status / Public Policy|
|Literature - Plays|
|Native American Women|
|Politics and Government|
|World War, 1914-1918|
|World War, 1939-1945|
|Collections||See list of collections|
1400s to the present
|Archive is Ongoing / Completed||Ongoing|
|Publisher||Library of Congress|
|Date Searched||January 2007|
American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress' vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections, covering the social sciences, humanities, science, and technology. The collections have been organized based on original format, subject matter, or creator.
Women's Studies Content
American Memory materials on women are extensive, and there are several women's history specific collections:
More importantly, while the presence of material relating to women is less apparent when skimming the titles of other collections, women's experiences and perspectives are richly represented throughout American Memory. A very broad "women" keyword search produces results from most collections.
In approaching the entire archive, browsing will probably
produce the best results and be most effective with regard to use of
one's time and energy. One can browse by broad topical categories (including
women's history), a list of collections, time period, format, and region.
Itís also possible to keyword search all 100 plus collections at once (not recommended).
Instead choose a collection related to your topic and search for women's studies material within that collection.
The Library also has a detailed online gateway on how to approach researching women at the Library of Congress, not just within American Memory. The gateway is American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States.
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