The breadth and depth of the division's holdings preclude compiling an exhaustive list of women's history sources. Instead,
the twelve sections listed in the navigator bar on the left attempt to identify the division's major collecting areas and
to describe some of the significant women's papers in each category. Many collections could easily have appeared in more than
one category, reflective of the many roles and interests of their creators, but such overlap was resisted in favor of highlighting
the collection's main emphasis.
Collections of men's papers are also included, but since virtually every collection in the division contains at least some
correspondence with women, references to men's papers are generally limited to the most relevant examples within each topic.
Researchers are encouraged to consult the Library's catalog and reference librarians for additional information.
When the name of a collection is cited, it appears in boldface. The birth and death dates of most of the women whose papers
are described are supplied. Also provided are the item counts and span dates of the collections, but be sure to click on the
[catalog record] links to obtain the most current item count and dates since additions are frequently acquired.
What This Guide Does Not Include
Microfilm editions of original manuscript materials held in other repositories are not described, but a search of the Library of Congress Online Catalog will identify titles that are available for use in the Manuscript Reading Room. The accessibility of such microfilm allows
scholars to consult in one research trip various women's history sources scattered across the country. It permits, for example,
the researcher interested in Jane Addams to consult both the microfilm edition of her papers held by Swarthmore College as
well as original items relating to her in this division's Breckinridge Family Papers. It enables researchers studying women's
roles in antilynching campaigns to access this division's original records of the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People at the same time they consult the microfilm records of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention
of Lynching held at Atlanta University's Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Many of the microfilm editions held by the Manuscript Division were produced by commercial vendors and acquired through copyright
deposit, including the series:
Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College