Digital Resources for Early American Studies

Women and Gender


African American Women On-Line Archival Collection, Duke University

The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
"The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society."

Abigal Adams, Adams Family Resources, Massachusetts Historical Society
"The Adams Family Papers at the MHS are the most comprehensive and historically complete family collection held by an American cultural institution, public or private. The collection spans the years 1639 to 1889 and consists of the official records and writings of three generations of Adamses. This includes the papers of John and Abigail, John Quincy, Charles Francis, and their extended families. Comprising nearly 300,000 manuscript pages, the materials provide a comprehensive look at major historical events from before the Revolution to the end of the 19th century."

Women Writers Project
"The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing and electronic text encoding. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. We support research on women's writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship."

Anne Bradstreet: Selected poems (1650; 1678), The Academy of American Poets

National Women's History Museum - NWHM
"The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States."

Mary Rowlandson: Narrative of the Captivity (1682), Project Gutenberg

Sophia Smith Collection of Smith College
"The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. . . . Today, the Collection consists of over 700 collections (over 10,700 linear feet) of material in manuscript, print, and audiovisual formats. The holdings document the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present."

Phillis Wheatley: Selected poems (1773), The Academy of American Poets

Phillis Wheatley: Selected poems (1773), Poetry Foundation

A Voice of Her Own, Phillis Wheatley, Library of Congress