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Primary & Secondary Sources

This guide will help you learn the difference between primary and secondary sources in various subject areas and provides resources for locating primary sources, both in the library and on the open web.

Women's History Resources

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working During World War II Photos, images and personal stories of women at work during WWII. 

Home Economics Archive, Hearth Project (Cornell University, Mann Library) A core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance.

Victorian Women Writers Project The goal of the project is to produce accurate transciptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century. Includes novels, poetry, political pamphlets, and religious tracts. Hosted by Indiana University.

Women Working, 1800-1930 Provides access to digitized resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. These materials address the role of women in the US economy between 1800 and the Great Depression. Currently contains 3,500 books and pamphlets, 1,200 photographs, and 7,500 pages from manuscript collections.

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the WorldGifts of Speech promotes the idea that "women's voices change the world." The website, dedicated to free access and to preserving "speeches by inspirational, influential, and contemporary women from around the world," is a nonprofit initiative sponsored by Sweet Briar College. Examples of eloquent speeches range from mid-19th-century Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" address to the 1851 Women's Convention to 21st-century Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize lecture, "Every Word Knows Something of a Vicious Circle." Other comparable websites providing access to speeches either require a fee or are less comprehensive. Gifts of Speech is a much-needed, uniquely efficient, and praiseworthy website.