18 Sep
Posted in: Archives, Research

Archives, Sources for Women’s History

Discovering hidden collections is one of the most exciting ways to study history nowadays. Those of us who work in the archivist profession are enthusiastically publicizing our holdings to make sure scholars know just how many repositories hold collections that would be important for their research.

Here’s a little taste of what’s out there for students of women’s history, church history, etc., etc. If you know of some resources that would help researchers discover hidden collections, please let us know!

Of course, we encourage you to check out the Resources page at the EWHP website first. Here you’ll find bibliographic information related to Episcopal Women’s history, and some resource links, too. Also, the Archives of the Episcopal Church holds EWHP’s records, so that’s a good place to start.

The University of Rochester just recently launched an online archive of manuscripts from the Post family.

The news release tells us that the Posts were “near the center of many of the national movements of the 1800s that helped define their city as one of American’s most progressive.

‘Rochester was an epicenter of progressive causes,’ says Michael Jarvis, an associate professor of history. As activists during this heady period of reform, the Posts knew well and corresponded with a surprising number of national leaders, from Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony to Sojourner Truth, Harriet Brent Jacobs, and William Cooper Nell.”

The Library of Congress has a gateway guide for the study of women’s culture that gives links to their holdings that relate to women’s history.

Also, be sure and look at Harvard University Library’s Open Collections Program. They’ve got excellent resources relating to women in the workforce, concentrating on the era from 1800 to 1930.

This is by no means an exhaustive or even remotely comprehensive listing! Do you have other resources you’d like to share? Add those to the comments, and we’ll incorporate them and make a resource page.


So, what do you think?