Women's History and Literature

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers African, African American, and Diaspora

Black Women Writers presents literature and essays on feminist issues written by authors from Africa and the African diaspora. The collection documents how black women forged a strong cultural identity and presents the female perspective on the diversity and development of black people.

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries spans more than 400 years of personal writings, bringing together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The database lets researchers view history in the context of women’s thoughts and gain unparalleled insight into their struggles, achievements, passions, pursuits, and desires.

Individual DVDs and Streaming Video

Alexander Street offers a variety of videos in women’s studies in both DVD and streaming formats and is the exclusive source for streaming video from Filmakers Library.

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

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Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period comprises more than 80 volumes of poetry by Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842, a significant, but largely under appreciated body of work. Alongside the poetic texts are biographical and critical essays contributed by the world’s foremost poetry scholars and other supporting resources.

Latin American Women Writers

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Latin American Women Writers is an extensive searchable collection of prose, poetry, and drama composed by women writing in Mexico, Central America, and South America. It features 100,000 pages of primary writings penned from the 1700s to the present accompanied by supporting essays from Latin American feminists that discuss various aspects of the feminist movement.

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society

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Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society brings together 200 years of original manuscripts, fully digitized and searchable online for the first time ever. The materials provide insight into the daily lives of their authors, the attitudes and culture of the time period, and more, and provide an ideal lens through which to study women’s history.

North American Women's Drama

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North American Women's Drama delivers 1,500 plays by women from the United States and Canada. It includes the complete works of leading playwrights along with those of lesser-known but important writers. Many of the plays are rare, hard to find, or out of print, and 30 percent have never before been published.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

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North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is the largest electronic collection of women’s diaries and correspondence ever assembled. Spanning more than 300 years, it presents the personal experiences of hundreds of women writing from Colonial times to 1950, making approximately 150,000 pages of material available in electronic format for the first time.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

This electronic collection assembles more than 60 complete volumes of lyric poetry by Scottish women written between 1789 and 1832. This unprecedented online database provides key access to this rich but often overlooked body of literature.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000

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Women and Social Movements in the United States is designed to facilitate the study all aspects of women’s history in America from colonial times to the present. It brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, and teaching tools to offer a rich view of US history as seen through women's eyes.

Women and Social Movements, International

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Women and Social Movements, International uses writings of women activists to trace the history of women’s social activism across the globe. Through personal letters and diaries, and the conference proceedings at which pivotal decisions were made, this online collection illuminates women’s influence on the course of history.