E-Sources on Women & Gender

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E-Sources on Women & Gender


Lehman, JoAnne, Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources


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WEBSITES, DATABASES, A LIST, A BLOG ...

WOMEN, ENTERPRISE & SOCIETY: A GUIDE TO RESOURCES IN THE BUSINESS MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION AT BAKER LIBRARY. This guide at http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/wes/ "identifies materials in the Business Manuscripts Collection at [Harvard Business School's] Baker Library that document women's participation in American business and culture from the eighteenth through the twentieth century." The materials themselves, being original diaries, letters, account books, and so on, are only available in person (and by appointment) at Baker Library, but the online guide has much to offer, including summaries of and excerpts from the files, as well as a large bibliography and two informative summaries of the project of surveying and organizing the collection.

Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program offers WOMEN WORKING, 1800-1930, which "focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections," at http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/. The collection includes thousands of books, pamphlets, and manuscript pages and 1200 photographs. Digitized books are full-text searchable; catalog records of books, images, and manuscripts can also be searched; and the collection can be browsed by genre or subject. The home page of WOMEN WORKING has rotating "featured" topics, such as "Aid Societies" (including Clara Barton's 1906 The Red Cross in Peace and War), "Teaching Resources" (including sources on "Soap and Settlements"), "Scouting" (here you can find the official Girl Scout Handbook as it existed in 1920), and "Women in Entertainment" (where front matter of the 1915 volume Heroines of the Modern Stage offers a photo of Sarah Bernhardt).

"A HIGHLY DESIRABLE CAREER ASPIRATION FOR WOMEN"--Engineering, that is, according to the SOCIETY FOR WOMEN ENGINEERS, whose site at http://www.swe.org reaches out to middle-school and high-school girls as well as college students with the message that engineering is relevant, fun, and for women. The organization and its site also offer professional development opportunities, career-seeking help, undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and other forms of support to members.

The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech University hosts Kristin Switala's FEMINIST THEORY WEBSITE at http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/, providing "research materials and information for students, activists, and scholars interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world." The site was listed in this column ten years ago, but deserves another mention this decade. It is rich in bibliographies in subfields ranging from aesthetics and art, cultural anthropology, and lesbian issues through psychology, radical feminism, and science, as well as information about numerous individual feminists worldwide.

Among other useful Africana databases on Davis Bullwinkle's AFRICABIB.ORG website are two devoted to women: The AFRICAN WOMEN'S BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASE at http://www.africabib.org/women.html, with more than 35,000 citations searchable within country or region as well as overall; and the new WOMEN TRAVELERS, EXPLORERS, AND MISSIONARIES TO AFRICA (1763-2006) at http://www.africabib.org/travelers.html, which, sure enough, includes my great-great-aunt Frances Davidson's book about her years in what was then Rhodesia (late nineteenth century). …

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