"North American Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The materials have been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies, supplemented by customer requests and more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished material. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database."--from the database homepage
Material within the database range from correspondence and diaries of the common woman to the rich and famous. It covers from the early colonial era (1600s) up to 1950. Some post-1950 material is included if it is part of collection that began earlier. Included items are indexed not only by author and date, but also historical events, life events, and places. You can search both letters and diaries or just one of the categories. North American Women's Letters and Diaries also features a showcase of scanned diaries/collections.
Letters and diaries within the database contains either transcriptions or scans of the text.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries makes finding what you need easy. There are many ways to search.
These databases by Alexander Street Press work the same way as the North American Women's Letters and Diaries. They feature many of the same search fields and methods.
Besides North American Women's Letters and Diaries, there are other great sources for primary resources. Humanities librarian Rachel Brekhus put together a wonderful guide which compiled these.
Amy C. Nickless
Graduate Reference Assistant, 2010-2012