New Online Collection Gives History Researchers Access to Trove of Primary Materials Documenting Women’s Activism on the Global Stage | Alexander Street

New Online Collection Gives History Researchers Access to Trove of Primary Materials Documenting Women’s Activism on the Global Stage

May 24, 2011

MAY 24, 2011 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) -- Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press today announced the launch of the first online collection of primary materials chronicling the activities and influence of women’s international movements from 1830 to the present.

The editors of Women and Social Movements, International are Professors Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, both women’s history scholars at SUNY Binghamton. Said Sklar, “Women have created new forms of transnational citizenship—different from the diplomatic or commercial activities that men have dominated internationally. New access to the historical content in this project will be transformative for scholars and students, allowing us to see, for the first time, that many of the global interactions that shape our world today were first forged by women.”

With 150,000 pages at completion and backed by a global editorial board of 130 historians, Women and Social Movements International will grow to include material from over 200 archives and libraries. Key organizations featured in the collection include the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the International Abolitionist Federation, the Inter-American Commission on Women, the International Alliance of Women, the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asian Women’s Association, the International Congress of Women at The Hague, the International Women’s Tribune Centre, and many more.

Partner archives include Harvard’s Schlesinger Library, the Aletta Institute of Women’s History, the Sophia Smith Collection, the Library of Congress, and the Mildred Persinger Collection from Hollins University.

As with other Alexander Street online collections, Women and Social Movements International is Semantically Indexed and powerfully searchable. The collection’s image viewer technology allows researchers to view and search high-quality images of the original primary materials.

To give scholars an opportunity to fully evaluate the collection, Alexander Street is offering Scholar’s Pass Access to all qualified faculty members from June 1 – August 31. Professors may request access on the publisher’s Web site at

To learn more about the collection, visit

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Reviewers, media contacts, libraries, and university faculty may request extended access to Alexander Street online collections by emailing marketing [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.

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