Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month and the perfect time to do research on some of those elusive female ancestors. The Newberry has two great guides on the open shelf that will help you get started:

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. A Genealogist’s Guide To Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies For Uncovering Hard-to-find Information About Your Female Lineage. Cincinnati, Ohio  Betterway Books, 1998. Call no. Local History Ref CS14 .C38 1998

Schaefer, Christina K. The Hidden Half Of The Family: A Sourcebook For Women’s Genealogy. Baltimore, Md.  Genealogical Pub. Co., 1999. Call no. Local History Ref CS49 .S322 1999

Beyond genealogy guides, there is a wealth of other published material on women and all aspects of women’s history. From encyclopedias on fashion, biographies and war-time heroines, to publications on employment and vice, here’s an eclectic sample of Newberry holdings that might inspire you and help add to your family story:   

Blair, Karen J. Northwest Women: An Annotated Bibliography Of Sources On The History Of Oregon And Washington Women, 1787-1970. Pullman  Washington State University Press, 1997. Call no.  folio Z7964.U5 O73 1997

Dye, Nancy Schrom. The Women’s Trade Union League Of New York, 1903-1920.  1974. Call no. F851 .798

Fine, Lisa M. The Souls Of The Skyscraper: Female Clerical Workers In Chicago, 1870-1930. Philadelphia  Temple University Press, 1990. Call no. HD6073.M392 U524 1990

Grundset, Eric., Diaz, Briana L.Gentry, Hollis L. America’s Women In The Revolutionary Era: A History Through Bibliography. Washington, D.C.  National Society Daughters Of The American Revolution, 2011. Call no. Ref E276 .G78 2011 (3 vols.)

Hine, Darlene Clark., eds. Black Women In America. Oxford  Oxford University Press, 2005. Call no. Ref E185.86 .B542 2005 (3 vols.)

Meier, Judith A. H. Runaway Women: Elopements And Other Miscreant Deeds  As Advertised In The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1789  (together With A Few Abused Wives And Unfortunate Children). Apollo, PA  Closson Press, 1993. Call no. folio F148 .M45 1993

Meyers, Debra. Common Whores, Vertuous Women, And Loveing Wives: Free Will Christian Women In Colonial Maryland. Bloomington  Indiana University Press, 2003. Call no. HQ1438.M3 M49 2003

Schultz, Rima Lunin, Hast, Adele., eds. Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Bloomington  Indiana University Press, 2001. Call no. Local History Ref HQ1439.C47 W66 2001a

Steele, Valerie., eds. Encyclopedia Of Clothing And Fashion. Farmington Hills, MI  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005. Call no. Ref GT507 .E53 2005

Weatherford, Doris., eds. A History Of Women In The United States: State-by-state Reference. Danbury, Conn.  Grolier Academic Reference, 2004. Call no. Ref HQ1410 .H58 2004 (4 vols.)

Wertheimer, Barbara M. We Were There: The Story Of Working Women In America. New York  Pantheon Books, 1977. Call no. HD6095 .W47 1976

For more ideas, search the Newberry catalog for these subject headings and browse through the results. Try substituting other geographic locations for United States.
Women–United States–History
Women–Employment–United States–History.

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