Category Archives: Women & Gender

International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day and 1968: The Global Revolutions, an exhibition in our Rare Book and Manuscript Library,  here are some recent full-text databases for researching women in 1968-1970.

Independent Voices, a database of underground and alternative magazines and newspapers.  Includes feminist, Black American, campus underground, GI Press, Latino, LGBT, Native American, and right-wing titles.

Second issue of Notes, published by the New York Radical Feminists, from Independent Voices.

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
Includes Black Panther (1967-1975), Soul (1966-1976) and many other titles.

Black Panther, August 9, 1969, p.23. From African American Periodicals

Women’s Magazine Archive
Includes Cosmopolitan (1926-1994) Essence (1970-2005), Seventeen (1954-2005) as well as Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Redbook, and Better Homes and Gardens.

Angela Davis: Black Woman on the Run, Essence November 1970, Women’s Magazine Archive

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940
Includes The Ladder, Daughter of Bilitis Newsletter, and other LGBTQ journals and archival collections from the Lesbian Herstory Archive, Atlanta Feminists Alliance, the One National Archives, and many other sources.

April 1968 issue of The Ladder, from Archives of Human Sexuality

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 – 1974
Includes Ramparts (1960-1975), letters, documents, oral histories, and videos.

Abortion, Association to Repeal Abortion Laws. Discusses the cost of traveling to Mexico for an abortion. From The Sixties.

Other useful resources for researching Women and Gender:

Recent Scholarship
Gender Studies Database
LGBT Life
Contemporary Women’s Issues
Feminae: Medieval Women & Gender Index

Historical Full Text Resources
Gerritsen Collection: Women’s History Online, 1543-1945
Everyday Life and Women in America, 1820-1900
Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
LGBT Thought and Culture
NAACP Papers

Video
American History in Video
LGBT Studies in Video

Letters & Diaries
Epistolae: Medieval Latin Women’s Letters

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers 1500-1700
British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries, from 1500-1900
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, 1700-1900
Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries, from the American Antiquarian Society, 1750-1950

These are just a few of the resources that might be useful to you.  If you are researching a topic related to women, gender, or sexuality,  we are here to help.  Please contact us to  Ask a Reference QuestionSchedule a Research Consultation, or to chat via Ask a Librarian


Fashion Research

A few resources for researching fashion and the fashion industry:

Encyclopedias
Berg Fashion Library
, includes the Encyclopedia of World  Dress and Fashion (Oxford, 2010) and many other books about fashion.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Scribner's 2005).

Journals
Vogue Archive
-issues from 1892 to the present

WWD (Women's Wear Daily) – current paper issues are in the  Business Library, full-text (no images) is available from numerous sources, the microfilm backfile is in Business

A few other ejournals, including Fashion Theory

Databases: The Ebscohost Research Databases, provide an excellent multidisciplinary search.

Books:
Check CLIO for books.  Most books about designers are in Avery Library; general works about clothing and dress will be in Butler, Barnard, or Business.   Try WorldCat to search beyond Columbia's collections.   If material is not available at Columbia, try Borrow Direct or ILL.  If you need to use the FIT library, come to the Butler Reference Desk.

If you have any questions about researching fashion, please Ask a Librarian.

HathiTrust: A Shared Digital Repository

HathiTrustColumbia is a member of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a vast repository of nearly 9 million volumes, 2.5 million of which are full-text searchable.  Though international in scope, The HathiTrust collection is especially useful for magazines & journals published before 1924, US government documents, and multi-volume works.

Login for the most complete search options, which include:

  • ability to search standard catalog records or across the full-text of the collection
  • single (?) and multiple letter truncation (*)
  • simple Boolean searching
  • keyword in context (full-text only) displays in the ascii text (though not in the PDFs)
  • ability to create private (or public) collections and search only within that content
  • ability to search public collections created by others

The interface offers a variety of views: page, scroll, flip, thumbnails, ascii text; and supports PDFs downloads of selected pages or the entire document.

Here are a just a few HathiTrust journals that are indexed in the Readers Guide Retrospective, but not currently available online from other sources: The Survey, The Delineator, Ladies Home Journal, Forum, The Independent, Good Housekeeping.

Due to the complexity of serials cataloging, there are sometimes multiple records in the HathiTrust catalog for the same journal.  CLIO also includes links to HathiTrust content, either as separate records, or as links in the sidebar in catalog records for paper subscriptions.  If you don’t find the years you are looking for in CLIO, be sure to search the HathiTrust collection separately.  Because they are based on deposited collections, some of these journal runs are currently incomplete, but as the HathiTrust collection grows, these gaps should be filled. 

Image from Frank Leslie's Ladies Magazine

In May 2011, The HathiTrust Research Center was formed to support "computational access for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain stored within HathiTrust." 

If you any have questions about accessing, searching, or downloading material in the HathiTrust Digital Library, or in any other collection, please let us know.

International Women’s Day Centenary

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A few of our databases for research on women and gender:

Recent Scholarship
Gender Studies Database
LGBT Life
Contemporary Women’s Issues
Feminae: Medieval Women & Gender Index

Historical Full Text Resources
Gerritsen Collection: Women’s History Online, 1543-1945
Everyday Life and Women in America, 1820-1900
Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

Letters & Diaries
Epistolae: Medieval Latin Women’s Letters

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers 1500-1700
British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries, from 1500-1900
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, 1700-1900
Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries, from the American Antiquarian Society, 1750-1950
The Sixties: Primary Sources and Personal Document

Literature
LION: Literature Online

For suggestions of other resources, stop by or call the Butler reference desk.  Or Ask a Librarian.

New Database: Jewish Life in America c1654-1954

Jewish Life in America c1654-1954: Sources from the American Jewish Historical Society provides full online access to 24 collections of personal papers, and partial access to the papers and archives of six organizations.  Collections span 300 years, and are especially strong in material relating to Jewish life in New York.  Included are letters, diaries, photographs and images, legal documents, minutes, and other records. 

Organizational records include:

  • Papers of the Industrial Removal Office (1899-1922). The IRO helped Jewish immigrants to assimilate into American society both culturally and economically. Travelling agents investigated and identified potential employment opportunities for individuals and groups across America.
  • Papers of the Jewish Immigration Information Bureau (1901-1920). The records document the reception of Jewish immigrants through the port of Galveston, Texas rather than New York City, and efforts to resettle the immigrants in communities throughout the United States.

Personal records include:

  • Seixas Family Papers: includes papers relating to Gershom Mendes Seixas (1746-1816), who was named Hazzan of the Congregation Shearith Israel in 1768, served on the state Board of  Regents, and served as a Columbia College trustee from 1784-1814.  
  • Louis Marshall Papers (1905-1933). Marshall (1856-1929) was a lawyer and community leader.  This collection focuses 1907-1928, the period when the United States Congress debated and passed increasingly restrictive immigration legislation.
  • Marion E. Kenworthy Papers: Contains correspondence, newsletters and minutes of meetings of the Non-Sectarian Committee for German Refugee Children, which was established in 1938 to lobby the U.S. government to allow immigration for refugee children.

See the complete list of collections.

Jewish Life in America includes ‘My Archive’ and ‘My Lightbox’, special features that allow you to store searches and save documents and images across sessions.

Looking for additional online  manuscripts and archives?  The Center for Jewish History offers access to digital collections from the American Jewish Historical Society, the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Yeshiva University Museum. 

 

Ancestry Library

Researching a specific person, family, or town? Ancestry Library is a searchable database that includes census data through 1930, as well as records of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and military service.  It also includes court, land, and probate records; prison records; voter lists; obituaries; passenger lists and other immigration data; as well as digitlized yearbooks, photos, maps, and much more.  

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 If you have questions about using Ancestry Library, please call us (212-854-2241) or stop by the Reference desk in 301 Butler.

New database: Medieval Family Life

Just added to the Columbia Libraries roster of medieval resources, Medieval Family Life contains scanned images of 15th- and 16th-century correspondence along with full transcriptions.  The papers of the Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armbrugh families are accompanied by additional resources such as concurrent historical and family chronologies, an interactive map, family trees, and many more.

The letters are useful for, among other disciplines, social, political, and economic history, women’s studies, and as aides for late-medieval palaeography training.

Medieval Family Life

Bookmark http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio7992371 or search for "Medieval Family Life" in the Libraries Databases listings.

For questions, contact the Ancient & Medieval History and Religion Librarian, Karen Green, at klg19@columbia.edu.

Finding Articles 1900-1983

Looking for twentieth-century articles published before 1984?  Try the Wilson Retrospective Indexes:

Applied Science & Business Retrospective (1913-83)
Art Retrospective (1929-84)

Education Index Retrospective (1929-83)
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907-84)
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective (1908-81)

Readers’ Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

They can be searched individually or together:

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Frances Perkins Exhibition, through March 26, 2010

“Frances Perkins: The Woman behind the New Deal” is on display in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library through March 26th.   Perkins  was the first woman cabinet member, serving as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor from 1933-45.

Columbia houses the most significant collection of Perkins’ papers outside of the National Archives.  In addition to her papers, we have her 5,566 page Oral History transcript, portions of which are available in the Notable New Yorkers digital collection.

The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta Jacobs

jacobsAs we observe International Women’s Day, we should also acknowledge the contributions of Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929), the first Dutch woman physician, who assembled, with her husband Carl Gerritsen,  the first great library collection related to the history of women.

Although the scope of the Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History Online extends from the 16th to mid-20th century, its depth and strength lies in its coverage of the women’s suffrage and labor movements from 1880-1930.  It includes nearly every US suffrage and anti-suffrage publication, as well as very strong collections from the UK and Western Europe.  It is also rich in collections that reflect Jacobs’s work in the international peace movement, international woman’s movement, and woman’s health.

Please let us know if you have any questions about searching or using this database.