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HIST 283: Women and Gender in North America

Selected Library Databases

Library Sources

Archives of Sexuality and Gender.

Black Studies Center

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Mass Observation British Social History 1937-1972

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

Vogue Archive

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

Primary Sources on the Web

American Women a Gateway to Resources for the Study of Women History and Culture in the U.S. 

Digital Transgender Archive

Discovering American Women's History Online

Voice of the Shuttle: Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women Working, 1800-1930
The collection is an exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression, comprising over 650,000 individual pages from more than 3,100 books and trade catalogs, 900 archives and manuscript items, and 1,400 photographs.

History: American: Primary Sources:19th C  20th C
Not all of the websites can be accessed as some are locked and only available to the University of Washington community.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are original sources, in which its witnesses or first recorders describe a time, person or event.

Some types of primary sources include:

  • diaries and journals
  • speeches, interviews, letters
  • memoirs and autobiographies
  • government documents
  • published materials,  e.g. magazine and newspapers articles written at the particular time

For more information, check the following guides:
Primary Sources
American History- Primary Sources.

Historical Figures

If you know ot a person involved in the event or from the time period, browse for that person's name as an author for memoirs, diaries, correspondence, etc. To do this:

Click Browse in the top menu.

Select Browse by Author. Type in author's name - last name first.