Women's Studies Section

Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
American Memory
Historical Collections for the National Library
Primary Source Types for Women's Studies TEXT
Diaries / Letters / Personal Papers
Government Documents
Interviews / Press Conferences / Speeches
Oral Histories
Record Books
Film / Moving Images
Prints / Other Images
Musical Scores
Sound Recordings
Subjects for Women's Studies Advertising
Advice Literature
African American Women
Birth Control / Reproductive Rights
Civil War (United States), 1861-1865
Economic Status
Family Studies
Frontier and Pioneer Life
Jewish Women
Labor / Employment
Law / Legal Status / Public Policy
Literature - Plays
Media Images
Native American Women
New Mexico
Performing Arts
Personal Narratives
Politics and Government
Social History
United States
Women's Clubs
Women's Rights
Women's Suffrage
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945
Collections See list of collections
Coverage Dates

1400s to the present

Archive is Ongoing / Completed Ongoing
Publisher Library of Congress
URL http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html
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.

There is also a separate American Memory gateway for women's history material, Searching American Memory for Womenís History Materials.

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.

Truncation no
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Phrase Searching yes
Help Screens/Quality yes / good
See also Searching American Memory for Women's History Materials.
Controlled Vocabulary yes
Keywords in Context yes

Archive Review:
Sherri Barnes
University of California, Santa Barbara

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