Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities

Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities is a new full-text database of primary source material useful for researching 19th-and 20th-century women’s history, with a focus on sexuality and reproductive freedom; women and the labor movement; international peace activism; and second wave feminist movements.  It also includes a collection of European periodicals, and a collection of the personal papers of a variety of women, including suffragists, missionaries, and communists.  This database is a digitization and full-text indexing of collections that were previously available in microfilm.  Researchers can search across the entire database or within specific collections.

Sexuality and Reproductive Rights

  • Committee of Fifteen Records, 1900-1901
  • Malthusian (1879-1921) and Eugenics Review (1909-1921)
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America Records, 1918-1974

Labor Activism

  • Women’s Trade Union League and its Leaders (1903-1950), which includes the records of the New York Women’s Trade Union League and the papers of its leaders Rose Schneiderman, Margaret Dreier Robins.
  • Women’s Labour League: Conference Reports and Journals (1906-1977)

Peace Activism

  • Collected Records of the Women’s Peace Party, 1914-1920
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section (1919-1959)
  • Records of the Women’s Peace Union, 1921-1940

Second Wave Feminism

  • National Women’s History Project  collections: Herstory (1956-1974), Women and Mental Health (1965-1975), Women and Law (1969-1975)
  • Grassroots Feminist Organizations, Part 1: Boston (1968-1998)
  • Grassroots Feminist Organizations, Part 2: San Francisco (1972-1998)

Multidisciplinary collections

  • European Women’s Periodicals (1840-1940)
  • Women’s Lives (1834-1964) – letters, and diaries