Study of Women & Gender

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Core Primary Sources

Primary source collection on social, political, health & legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities internationally: covers the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, etc.

Access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the U.S.

1543 -1945

An international collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals on feminism & the women's rights movement worldwide.


The first newspaper for women (ed. Amelia Bloomer 1849-1854, then Mary Birdsall 1855-1856). Initial coverage of temperance issues later expanded to include articles on child-bearing, education, and women’s rights, with many articles by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews & teaching tools relating to US history, as seen through women's eyes.

1840 to present

Digital primary sources, including conference proceedings, reports of international women's organizations, publications & web pages of women's organizations, plus letters, diaries & memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-19th century.

Fully-digitized versions of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, consumer trade catalogs and photographs exploring women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.

More Primary Sources

Publications from the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the South American Missionary Society & the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (CEZMS), 1804-2009. NOTE: PDF download options are not available during trial. Trial ends 5/6/16.

1450 - 1910

Primary sources from British & European archives on conduct & politeness; domesticity & family; consumption & leisure; education & sensibility; the body.

c. 1800 - 1920

Rare books, pamphlets & periodicals relating to US social & cultural history; strong on conduct & household management; contrasts urban & rural cultures.

Alternative press newspapers, magazines & journals from the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries.


Digitized records of the National Women's Party, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Alliance.

Digital copies of primary source materials documenting GPU and Milwaukee's gay liberation movement.

Contains (each from their start to 2005): Better Homes & Gardens, Chatelaine, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, and Redbook.