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Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. Copies of letters from Jane Addams (of Hull House fame), 1884-1885, to her sisters, Alice Haldeman and others during Miss Addams' European tour.

Lawrence, Kans.: University of Kansas Library, 1958
2 reel(s)

Believed to be long hand transcriptions of the originals, the letters describe Jane Addam's experiences and observations during her European travels. The third volume contains copies of letters written during her second European tour, 1887-1888. While in Europe, she studied the traditions and lives of the people, seeking a way of life in which she could put her ideas about social welfare into action. After visiting Toynbee Hall in East London, she decided to establish such a settlement in Chicago, later known as Hull House.


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Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. Correspondence in the Jane Addams Papers, 1872-1935. Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Philadelphia: Microsurance, 1961
19 reel(s)

Correspondence among Jane Addams and her associates concerns their activities in social work, various reform movements, and world peace efforts. Miss Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, a social settlement and the home of prominent social reformers. During this period, she campaigned for revolutionary welfare laws, supported women's suffrage and participated in international peace efforts. Letters are arranged chronologically. The separate microfilm index is arranged alphabetically by author and addressee.

A separate four-reel microfilm index is shelved with the collection.

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Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. Jane Addams Correspondence [1911-1922] in the Ada James Papers

Madison, Wisc: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1966
1 reel(s)

Correspondence between Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, and Ada James centers on the campaign for women's suffrage and the arrangement of speakers for the Wisconsin area. The collection also includes correspondence between Addams and Louis P. Lochner from 1915 to 1917 concerning the activities of an international committee for peace, the Emergency Peace Federation. Also included is correspondence between Jane Addams, Ellen Gates Starr, Julia Lathrop, Florence Kelley, Alice Hamilton, Alzina P. Stevens, Henry D. Lloyd, Raymond Robins, Algie Simons, and Julia G. Wales.


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American Women’s Diaries. Southern Women.

New Cannaan, CT: Readex Film Products, 1988 
34 reel(s)

This collection contains the manuscript diaries of 32 American women who lived in the South during the 19th century. The diaries provide eyewitness accounts of women's experiences and perspectives on subjects such as the Civil War; Reconstruction; journeys to other states and countries; and their everyday lives on plantations and in cities and smaller towns. Some of the manuscripts are accompanied by transcripts. Diarists: Ada W. Bacot, Zillah (Haynie) Brandon, Mary Davis Brown, Dolly Sumner (Lunt) Burge, Louisiana D. Burge, Kate S. Carney, Carolyn Elizabeth (Burgwin) Clitherall, Louisa (Maxwell) Holmes Cocke, Martha E. (Foster) Crawford, Sarah Anne (Gayle) Crawford, Kate Cumming, Sarah Ida Fowler (Morgan) Dawson, Harriet Eaton, Sarah (Haynesworth) Gayle, Sarah (Burge) Gray, Cloe Tyler (Whittle) Greene, Mary Hort, Mary Davis (Hook) Howell, Sarah Huff, Eveline Harden Jackson, Emma Florence LeConte, Jane Amelia (Akehurst) Lines, Millie J. McCreary, Priscilla (Beall) McKaig, Harriet (Tatem) McLellan, Cornelia (Jackson) Moore, Emma Mordecai, Elizabeth Waties (Allston) Pringle, Alice Ready, Frances Jane (Bestor) Robertson, Molly Elliot Seawell, Grace Latimer Whittle.



Begos, Jane DuPree. Southern women’s diaries : a guide

The guide provides a summary of each diary and a preface gives additional background information.

Anita McCormick Blaine Papers, McCormick Collection, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Philadelphia: Microsurance, 1966 
1 reel(s)

Anita McCormick Blaine, wife of Emmons Blaine and daughter of Cyrus Hall McCormick, the inventor of the mechanical reaper, was a Chicago philanthropist. Her interests ranged from education, child welfare, and social reform to world peace and the League of Nations. In all, Anita Blaine gave away more than $10 million during her lifetime. Letters and papers from and relating to Jane Addams of Hull House discuss rescue work with young women, outing funds for children, and lectures, events, and ongoing activities of the Hull House reformers. Many of the letters are requests for financing of Jane Addams' projects at Hull House.

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Birmingham Female Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves. Records Relating to the Birmingham Ladies Society for the Relief of British Negro Slaves.

East Ardsley, Yorkshire, Eng.: Micro Methods, 1970
British records relating to America in microfilm
2 reel(s)

In the early nineteenth century, Birmingham was an important center of anti-slavery activity. Birmingham itself was a prosperous manufacturing town engaged in some cotton trading. Joseph Sturge, one of the leaders in the British anti-slavery movement, was secretary of the Birmingham anti-slavery society and active in several national anti-slavery organizations. On April 8, 1825, Lucy Townsend and Mary Lloyd founded the Birmingham Ladies Society, which published several pamphlets, compiled annual reports, and recorded minutes relating to their activities. Members wrote letters and petitions urging others to support their cause. They supported education as a means of solving the problem of freed slaves, focusing on aid to blacks in British territories. They were reluctant to deal with the problem of American slavery for fear of inflaming the issue.

A description of the contents and their arrangement is on the first reel.

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Colonial Discourses Series One: Women, Travel and Empire, 1660-1914. Part 1: Early Travel Accounts by Women, and Womens’ Experiences in India, Africa, Australasia and Canada.

Wiltshire, England: Adam Matthew Publications,
25 reel(s)

This collection reproduced ninety-seven rare printed volumes of travel writing and novels by forty-one women writers from 1660-1914. Topics include the development of women's travel writing, evolution of the female aesthetic sensibility, ideologies and narratives of Empire and Anti-Empire, and gender and colonialism.
Reel 1. Katharine Evans, d. 1692 — Celia Fiennes, 1662-1741 — Elizabeth Justice, 1703-1752. Reel 2. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1689-1762 — Elizabeth Anspac, Baroness Craven, 1750-1828. Reel 3. Sarah Aust (Murray), 1744-1811. Reel 4. Ann Radcliffe, 1764-1823 — Mariana Starke, 1762?-1838. Reel 5. Mariana Starke, 1762?-1838 (cont'd) — Charlotte Eaton, 1788-1859. India: Reel 6. Eliza Fay, 1756-1816 — Maria, Lady Calcott, 1785-1842. Reel 7. Anne Katharine Elwood, 1800's — Emily Eden, 1797-1869. Reel 8. Emily Eden, 1797-1869 (cont'd). Reel 9. SPFEE (Society for Promoting Female Education in the East) — Mrs. R.M. Coopland — Charlotte Maria Tucker, 1821-1893. Reel 10-12. Flora Annie Steel, 1847-1929. Reel 13. Anon — Bithia May Croker, 1849-1920 — Sara Jeanette Cotes (Duncan), 1861-1922. Reel 14. Sara Jeanette Cotes (Duncan), 1861-1922 (cont'd). Africa: Reel 15. Anna Maria Falconbridge, 1700's — Hannah Kilham, 1774-1832 — Anon — Barbara Hofland, 1770-1844. Reel 16. Elizabeth Broughton, 1800's — Lucie Duff Gordon, 1831-1892. Reel 17. Amelia Edwards, 1831-1892. Reel 18. Amelia Edwards, 1831-1892 (cont'd) –Mary Anne Barker, Lady Broome, 1831-1911 — Florence Dixie, 1855-1905. Reel 19. Mary Kingsley, 1862-1900. Reel 20. Mary Kingsley, 1862-1900 (cont'd) — Mary French Sheldon, 1800's — Anon — Reel 21. Agnes Herbert — Anon. Australasia: Reel 22. Caroline Chisholm, 1808-1877 — Mary Ann Barker, Lady Broome, 1831-1911 — Canada: Reel 23. Anna Brownwell Jameson, 1794-1860. Reel 24. Catharine Traill, 1802-1899 — Adeline Teskey, 1850's-1924. Reel 25. Marianne North, 1830-1880 — Grace Mary Ellison — Antonia Zimmern — Agnes Baden Powell.

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Colonial discourses. Series one: Women, travel, and empire, 1660-1914. Part 1: Early travel accounts by women, and women’s experiences in India, Africa, Australasia and Canada.

Day, Edna. Digestibility of Starch of Different Sorts as Affected by Cooking

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1908 
1 reel(s)

This dissertation, submitted to the University of Chicago, presents research on the impact various cooking processes have on the digestibility of starch. It was also published as a bulletin by the United States Department of Agriculture. Edna D. Day was the first woman to become a Doctor of Philosophy in the home economics.



Dunayevskaya, Raya Raya Dunayevskaya Collection

Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Archives, 1981 
8 reel(s)

Raya Dunayevskaya, founder of Marxist-Humanism in the United States, was born in Russia and came to the United States as a child. She was the Russian secretary to Leon Trotsky during his Mexican exile from 1937 to 1938. She published books applying her Marxist ideals to the theory of state-capitalism, the philosophy of Marxist-Humanism applied to U.S. labor, Black equality, and women's liberation movements.



Wayne State University. Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs. A guide to the Raya Dunayevskaya collection : Marxist-Humanism–1941 to 1975, its origin and development in America ; available on microfilm from the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs, Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., 48202.

This guide introduces the collection, and describes the contents of reels 1-3.

News & Letters. Guide to the Raya Dunayevskaya collection : Marxist-humanism : a half-century of its world development [in] Wayne State University Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

This guide contains a more detailed description of the reels listed in the first guide, and the reels issued from 1975 to 1986, with an introduction by Raya Dunayevskaya.

Raya Dunayevskaya Memorial Fund. Guide to the Supplement to the Raya Dunayevskaya collection : Marxist-humanism : a half-century of its world development [in] Wayne State University Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.

This guide has an introduction to the supplement, and a detailed list of the contents of reels 6-8.

Hoyt, Dolly E. Memoirs of Dolly E. Hoyt, a Member of the Union Missionary Family: Who Died on the Arkansas River, While Ascending the Same, on Her Passage to the Osage Nation, the Place of Her Destination, Aged 23.

Danbury, CT: Southwestern Microfilm, Inc., 1828 
1 reel(s)

This memoir contains Dolly Hoyt’s letters, diary, and pieces on particular subjects as well as an extract from a reverend’s letter giving an account of her sickness and death, and her father’s letter requesting her writings. She was a school teacher who joined the Cherokee Mission to alleviate “the miserable conditions of the American natives.” Miss Hoyt joined in 1820 under the direction of the United Foreign Missionary Society of New York. She died July 20, 1820, while ascending the Arkansas River. Her writings cover Dec. 31, 1714 to July 1, 1820.


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Imperial War Museum (Great Britain). Women at Work Collection from the Imperial War Museum.

Brighton, Sussex: Harvester Microforms, 1984 
91 reel(s)

This extensive documentary record including diaries, correspondence, reports, press clippings, leaflets, pamphlets, and photographs depicts the role of women primarily in Britain during the first World War (1914-1918). Topics include women's employment, women's involvement in benevolent organizations and overseas service, and women's education. Also included are local records from English cities, towns, and counties.



The Women at work collection from the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London

Ladies of Llangollen. Letters and Journals of Lady Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1831) from the National Library of Wales.

Marlborough, Wiltshire, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 1997 
5 reel(s)

Against the wishes of their families, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby fled their homes in Ireland in 1778 to establish a new life together in Llangollen Vale. There the "Ladies of Llangollen," as they came to be known, set up a lively correspondence network that included many of the leading writers and intellectuals of their day. William Wordsworth, Madame de Genlis, Edmund Burke, and Anna Seward were all part of the Ladies' circle of friends and visited their home.
The collection includes correspondence, accounts of visits, diaries and journals, poems, notes, and personal papers. They provide valuable accounts for research in Romantic friendship and lesbianism, eighteenth century literary circles, the Gothic pastoral ideal, and the Romantic movement.

Reel 1. Account of a journey in Wales / Sarah Ponsonby (1778) ; Diary / Eleanor Butler (1784) ; Commonplace book / Sarah Ponsonby (1785-1789) ; Geometry / Sarah Ponsonby (1785) — reel 2. Journal / Eleanor Butler (1788-1791) — reel 3. Journal / Eleanor Butler (1791, 1799, 1802, 1807, 1821) ; Letters (1778-1831) ; Letters to Sarah Ponsonby (1798) ; Poetry ; Plasnewydd Library catalogue (1792) — reel 4. Letters from a traveller (1804-1806) ; Album Camilla (1800-1835) ; Caroline Hamilton album (1803-1859) ; Psyche / Mary Tighe (1804) — Disparition de Buonaparte (1814) — Medical recipes (1790s) — reel 5. Heraldry (1801) ; Histoire tragique d'un Père de la Trappe (1823) ; Executor's accounts (1832-1870s) ; Eva Mary Bell correspondence (1929-1947) ; Hamwood papers / Eva Mary Bell (1920s) ; Journal / Elinor Goddard (1774-1778, 1782-1788). An online guide is available at



Ladies of Llangollen : letters and journals of Lady Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1831) from the National Library of Wales : a listing and guide to the microfilm collection.

Linkugal, Wilmer Albert. Speeches of Anna Howard Shaw

Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1960 
1 reel(s)

Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919) was the first female Methodist minister in the United States, a medical doctor, suffragist, civil rights advocate, and great orator. Born in Scotland and raised in Massachusetts and Michigan, she attended Boston University Theological School and Medical School, receiving her M.D. in 1886. She was close friends with Susan B. Anthony and was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Medal for her efforts running the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Defense. This biographical dissertation contains her sermons, suffrage speeches, temperance speeches, WWI and League of Nations speeches, characteristics of her speeches (style, argument, refutation, and critical commontary), and texts of her sermons and speeches.

Note: Dissertation for the doctor of philosophy degree. Bibliography at end.

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Macaulay, Catharine. Loose Remarks on Certain Positions to be Found in Mr. Hobbes’s Philosophical Rudiments of Government and Society.

Macaulay, Catharine.

London: 1767 
1 reel(s)

Englishwoman Macaulay was a prolific writer, most extensively on political history, and admired the American revolutionaries. She was a firm believer in individual rights and in the equality of women. This pamphlet is in response to philosopher Thomas Hobbes’ pro-monarchical, anti-libertarian views of government and society.

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Material Relating to Ellen Sharples and Her Family (1794-1854): From Bristol Central Library and Bristol Record Office.

Wakefield, England: Microform Academic Publishers, 2001
British records relating to America on microform
2 reel(s)

The Anglo-American career of the Sharples family of artists exemplifies the artistic exchange between Britain and America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. English-born James Sharples built his career on drawing profile portraits in pastel and, upon spending several years in America, became known for portraits of George and Martha Washington and other eminent Americans. Ellen Wallace Sharples, his third wife and former pupil, copied her husband’s portraits on commission and taught herself how to paint miniatures. The couple trained James’s son by his second wife, Felix, and their own two children, James Jr. and Rolinda, all of whom followed in the footsteps of their parents and became successful portrait painters in their own right.



Waggoner, Dianne. The Sharples collection : family & legal papers (1794-1854) PDF

The guide provides background, contents of reels, select bibliography, and Appendix. Also available under call number N6766 .W28 2001.

Mayo, Hope. Three Merovingian Rules for Nuns.



Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974.

Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1985
98 reel(s)

The League of Women Voters grew out of the women’s suffrage movement and is a non-partisan group that seeks to inform voters and encourage women to work for the political goals they deem important. Pt. 1. Meetings of the board of directors and the executive committees, 1918-1974 (14 reels). Pt. 2, Series A. Transcripts & records of national conventions, 1919-44, and of general councils, 1927-43 (20 reels). Pt. 2, Series B. Transcripts & records of national conventions, 1946-74, and of general councils, 1945-73 (30 reels). Pt. 3, Series A. National office subject files, 1920-32 (34 reels).



Lester, Robert. Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974 : [guide]

The general introduction, reproduced in each part, includes a bibliography. Reels numbered 1-14 (Pt. 1), reels 1-20 (Pt. 2, series A), reels 1-30 (Pt. 2, series B), reels 1-34 (Pt. 3, series A).

Social and Political Status of Women in Britain. Radical and Reforming Periodicals for and by Women, 1870-1928.

Brighton, Sussex, England: Harvester Press Microform Publications, 1983 
17 reel(s)

Eighteen journals chronicling the women's emancipation movement in England represent the period of greatest feminist activity, 1870 to 1928. Topics covered include the suffrage question, the position of women at work and in the home, education, temperance, social reform, birth control, and the role played by the churches as organizing bases for women's activities. A number of titles are devoted largely to single issues such as suffrage. Others provide an overall picture of women's issues.

A listing of contents for the entire series appears at the beginning of each reel.


Suffragette Fellowship Collection from the Museum of London.

Brighton, Eng: Harvester Microform, 1985 
Women’s social and political emancipation
14 reel(s)

Correspondence, photographs, numerous pamphlets, and ephemeral material concern the struggle for women's suffrage. Correspondence includes special collections by such individuals as Kitty Marion and Flora Drummond, and material relating to the Women's Social and Political Union (founded by Mrs. Pankhurst in 1903) and the Women's Freedom League, which formed in 1907. The collection is particularly useful for papers from lesser-known women of the movement.

A guide to the collection is on the first reel. Also, each reel contains a list of contents indicating sections and accession numbers.


The Weekly News and Courier, Charleston, SC. Our Women in the War. The Lives they Lived; the Deaths they Died.

Charleston, SC: News and Courier Book Presses, 1885
1 reel(s)

This book is a compilation of 79 personal narratives during the Civil War as told by southern women and appearing in The Weekly News and Courier. The subjects include the siege at Vicksburg, MS, poets of the Confederacy, talks with children, foraging around Nashville, TN, heroism at home, war times in Alabama, and many more.

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Women and Victorian Values, 1837-1910 Advice Books, Manuals and Journals for Women. Parts 1-4: Sources from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Marlborough, Wiltshire, England: Adam Matthews Publications, 1966 
20 reel(s)

There are more than 200 titles in Part One and Part Two. They are grouped by the following subjects: Cookery and Domestic Life, Education and Etiquette, Entertainment, Fashion, Society and Beauty, Language and Literature, Letter Writing, Marriage and Divorce, Miscellanea, Mothers and Daughters, Religion and Morality, Travel, Women and the Law, Women and Work, Women's Health, Women's Rights and Status. Parts Three and Four contain rare periodicals and journals (arranged alphabetically by titles) that address a variety of topics.

Ellis Library has Part 1 (20 reels) of this 83 reel collection. The guide is available online at



Women and Victorian values, 1837-1910 : advice books, manuals and journals for women. Parts 1-4, Sources from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

The guide is illustrated and contains a publisher’s note that explains the scope of each of the following subject areas. It also has a technical note that describes the difficulties the publisher had while microfilming material, some of which was not in good condition. There is also a listing of the contents of each reel, and an index by title.