March is Women’s History Month, and the GSU Library has a wealth of resources that will give you access to the voices of women history, reflected in diaries, letters, magazines, and a range of other formats.
The GSU Library has several databases including women’s history primary source material, including:
- The Gerritsen Collection—Women’s History Online, 1543-1945 includes materials in 15 languages, showing the evolution of feminism in a range of countries and the impact of a country’s feminist movement on other countries.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 can be searched by people, subjects, and/or social movements.
- Women Writers Project, created by Brown University, includes novels, poetry, and essays written by a range of women from 1400-1850.
- Godey’s Lady’s Book, an electronic version of the popular nineteenth-century women’s magazine. Known for its fashion plates! (sort your search by “color plate fashion”).
You can also access these databases from the GSU Library’s website by clicking on “Articles / Databases.” If you are off campus, you will be asked to sign in with your CampusID and password.
These women’s history databases are freely available to the public and don’t require a login:
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History (HEARTH), a Cornell University database including full-text versions of home economic texts and related materials from 1850 through 1950 (including Good Housekeeping!)
- Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Women’s Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921, part of the Library of Congress’ massive American Memory primary-source collections.
- African-American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century, a digital library from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World, a digital library project at Sweet Briar College
The Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO project based at the University of Georgia, has compiled a fabulous list of primary sources showcasing Georgia women’s voices and history. Click here to check it out!
- All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg (2010)
- The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation, edited by Susan Holbrook and Thomas Dilworth
- The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is, edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck (2011)
And last but certainly not least, check out GSU Special Collections’ Women’s Collection, for a wide range of sources for recent women’s history in Georgia and the South, including the Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project.