Walker Library

Microtext Subject Guide: Women's History

This document describes the numerous collections of primary research materials in the field of women's history that are available in microtext format at MTSU Library. Most of the information in this document has been taken directly from Subject Guide to Microtext Collections in Todd Library, which was printed in August, 1992; collections that have been subsequently acquired are also described. Reviews of specific collections that have appeared in Microform Review or Journal of American History are cited. In addition, links to detailed online guides to collections are provided, when available.


Archives of the British Labour Party, The Women's Labour League, 1906-1918 MFE 4347
Miscellaneous correspondence, minutes, account books, list of subscribers, committee minutes, etc. of the League. Also, see the description of Women's Labour League-Labour Party Women's Organization.

  • Format: Microfiche: 38 fiche

  • Archives of the National Council of Women's Papers MFE 4338
    The National Council of Women is an organization comprised of women's voluntary organizations with a common interest in the social, educational, and political rights of women, and with the primary purpose of acting as a clearing-house or information bureau. It was unusual for its time in that its membership was open to all races and religions. The records in this collection include letters to and from NCW executive committee members and standing committee chairmen; programs, agendas, minutes, and transcripts of meetings and conferences; activity files; general historical files; subject files; and photographs.

  • Format: Microfiche: 988 fiche
  • Access: Printed guide titled: Records of the National Council of Women of the United States, Inc., 1888-ca.1970: A Guide to the Microfiche Edition, 1988, in MFE Guides.

  • Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching Papers, 1930-1942 MFM 1147
    Includes correspondence, reports, pamphlets, legislative materials, and meeting minutes that trace the determined fight of the ASWPL to end the lynchings of African-Americans in the rural South.

  • Format: Microfilm - 8 reels
  • Access: Printed guide The Commission on Interracial Cooperation Papers, 1919-1944 and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching Papers, 1930-1942: a Guide to the Microform Editions, edited by Mitchell F. Ducey, in MFM guides.

  • Campaign for Women's Suffrage, 1895-1920: Papers of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance MFM 1292
    Newspaper clippings chronicle the campaign for suffrage in England around the turn of the century. An additional perspective is gained through the inclusion of the correspondence of the National Union of Woman's Suffrage Alliance and of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, minute books of the Parliamentary Committee for Woman's Suffrage, and the archives of the Manchester Men's League for Women's Suffrage.

  • Format: Microfilm - 31 reels
  • Access: Printed guide Campaign for Women's Suffrage, 1895- 1920, in MFM guides.

  • Cornell University Collection of Women's Rights Pamphlets, 1814-1912 MFE 4344
    This collection of 117 pamphlets provides a definitive reflection of the women's rights movement from its infancy to the advent of the Women's Suffrage Amendment. Pamphlets cover such subjects as the industrial and political independence of women, women and war, education of women, property laws and women, methods for achieving rights, and the wage-earning woman. The collection also contains the proceedings of the National Women's Rights Convention of 1850 as well as proceedings and speeches from other conferences during this century.

  • Format: Microfiche - 120 fiche
  • Access: Printed contents guide in microfiche guides.

  • Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 1543-1945; Periodicals Series MFE 4340 and MFM 1145
    Possibly the greatest single source for the study of international women's history and the feminist movement. Walker Library has the Periodical Series from this collection. For the years 1860-1900, which is the period covered by most of the 265 titles, there is no comparable source of periodical literature on women. Collection covers a wide range of topics (women's rights, historical and legal status of women, prostitution, education of girls and women, biography and autobiography, marriage and the family, employment of women).

  • Format: Microfiche - 4690 fiche and Microfilm - 242 reels
  • Access: Printed The Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 1543-1945, (3 vols. in 2), 1983, in MFE guides

  • History of Nursing MFE 4437
    Primarily a monograph collection consisting of works on all aspects of nursing. In addition, the collection includes material on nursing education, the growth of professionalism within nursing, professional nursing organizations, public health, medicine, and midwifery. Part I contains The Adelaide Nutting Historical Nursing Collection and Parts II and III contain The Archives of the Department of Nursing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Format: Microfiche: approx. 9,275 fiche
  • Access: Printed The History of Nursing: An Index to the Microfiche Collection, 3 vols. in MFE Guides. Monographs are listed in the online catalog.

  • The Jane Addams Papers, 1860-1960 MFM 1146
    Jane Addams (1860-1935) achieved international fame through her social work, reform strategies, and activities in support of world peace. This collection of more than 120,000 pages of documents represent a primary research source on her work. It includes her correspondence; personal documents; manuscripts and published versions of her articles and speeches; Hull House Association Records; and newspaper and periodical clippings about Addams and her career.

  • Format: Microfilm - 82 reels
  • Access: Printed The Jane Addams Papers, 1860-1960: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition, edited by Mary Lynn McCree Bryan in MFM guides.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Papers, 1923-1942 MFM 322
    Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), the daughter of former slaves, was a noted educator and humanitarian. In 1904 she opened the Daytona (Florida) Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, which later merged with a men's school to form Bethune-Cookman College. She held several important posts as a lifelong leader in efforts toward bettering the status of women and African-Americans.

  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel

  • National Woman's Party Papers, 1913-1974 MFM 1207
    The role of the National Woman's Party (NWP), founded in 1913 by Alice Paul, as a women's rights group, cannot be overestimated. The NWP relentlessly pursued the goal of passage of a Suffrage Amendment, and following the ratification of that amendment, it reorganized in 1921 and began its long campaign for an Equal Rights Amendment. For more than 50 years Alice Paul and the NWP worked towards raising the legal, social, and economic status of women in the United States and around the world. This extensive collection includes correspondence; biographical sketches; plays; surveys; minutes; drafts and reports of federal and state legislation; legal digests and reports concerning labor laws and other legal matters affecting women; trial materials and court cases; government documents including House and Senate resolutions, hearings, and bills; United Nations documents; and pamphlets and publications of the NWP.

  • Format: Microfilm - 179 reels
  • Access: Printed National Woman's Party Papers, 1913-1974: A Guide to the Microform Collection, 1979, ed. by Thomas C. Pardo, in MFM Guides
  • Review: Microform Review 15 (Fall 1986)

  • Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt MFM 502
    The papers of Carrie Lane Chapman Catt (1859-1947) reflect her dedication to two ideals - the rights of women, particularly the right to vote, and world peace. The greater part of these manuscripts (1890-1920) relates to her efforts to secure the ballot for women. After the adoption of the 19th amendment in 1920, she became increasingly concerned with the settlement of international problems. There is an extensive file of her speeches and articles as well as subject files and papers relating to the many organizations with which she was affiliated. Filmed from manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

  • Format: Microfilm - 18 reels
  • Access: Microfilm reel one includes alphabetical list of correspondents, titles and dates of speeches and articles, and subjects represented in subject file.

  • The Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945 MFM 1179
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) is indisputably one of the most influential public figures of the twentieth century. The correspondence and enclosures included in this microfilmed publication have been selected from the vast collection of Eleanor Roosevelt papers at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, New York, focusing exclusively on the White House years, 1933-45. Ninety-three correspondent's files were selected with the objective of detailing her thought and activities in four major subject areas: social welfare and depression relief; race relations; women in American politics; and youth activities. However, these are by no means exhaustive of the many personal and political themes on which these papers shed light. Part of "Research Collections in Women's Studies" series.

  • Format: Microfilm - 20 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945, 1986, in MFM Guides
  • Review: Microform Review (Summer 1987): 253-255.

  • Papers of the Blackwell Family MFM 501
    The Blackwell family papers trace the evolution of women's rights in many fields - political, religious, medical, economic, and domestic. Beginning with the pioneer work of Lucy Stone, who in 1847 gave her first lecture on women's rights, and continuing until 1950, the year of the death of her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, these papers present a century of dramatic change in the status of women. Twenty family members are represented. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive an M.D. Degree, and her diaries (1836-1908), correspondence, and writings document her struggle to open the medical profession to women. Emily Blackwell followed her sister Elizabeth and was a co-founder of the first women's hospital staffed by women physicians in the U.S. The papers of Henry B. Blackwell, a renowned advocate of woman suffrage and abolition, contain financial papers, autobiographical sketches (1825-1858) and correspondence. His wife, Lucy Stone, was also a leader in antislavery and women's rights and her correspondents include many famous names. Papers of their daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, include diaries (1872-1937) documenting her own work for women's rights. Another family member, Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell, was the first woman to be ordained a minister (ordained as Congregationalist in 1853, she later became a Unitarian). This collection was filmed from manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

  • Format: Microfilm - 76 reels
  • Access: Microfilm reel one includes container lists with alphabetical lists of correspondents, general subjects in the subject files, and titles of writings and speeches

  • Papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its Principal Leaders MFM 1158
    The Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) was founded in Boston in 1903 by middle-class advocates of social justice and working women. The basic bond between the two groups was their womanhood -it was an effort by women to aid women. This collection, assembled from seven different repositories, represents the principal records pertaining to the League. Included are the following: Margaret Dreier Robins Papers (66 reels); National Women's Trade Union League Papers (4 reels); Mary Anderson Papers (4 reels); Women's Trade Union League of New York Papers (25 reels); Leonora O'Reilly Papers (13 reels); Rose Schneiderman Papers (2 reels); Agnes Nestor Papers (7 reels); Smaller Collections (Mary Kenney O'Sullivan Autobiography and collections from the Boston and Chicago Leagues, 1 reel); and the WTUL Publications (9 reels). The printed guide includes much historical background information.

  • Format: Microfilm - 131 reels
  • Access: Printed Papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its Principal Leaders; A Guide to the Microfilm Edition, 1981, ed. by Edward T. James
  • Review: Microform Review 14 (Spring 1985): 127-128.

  • Records of the Ante-Bellum Southern Plantatons from the Revolution Through the Civil War MFM 926
    This is a large collection of plantation records which offer source material on nearly every aspect of plantation life. Not only business operations and day-to-day labor routines, but family matters, the roles of women, racial attitudes, relations between masters and slaves, social and cultural life, the values shared by members of the planter class, and the tensions and anxieties that were inseparable from a slave society are revealed here. Although they were compiled by a member of the white class, they provide much valuable information on the history of black slavery. The manuscripts are divided into series according to the location of the originals.

  • Format: Microfilm - approximately 750 reels
  • Access: Printed guides in each series available in MFM Guides
  • Review of Series F, Parts I & II: Microform Review 16 (Spring 1987): 184-185.
  • Review of Series G: Journal of American History 76 (March 1990): 1342-1343.

  • Records of the Bureau of Vocational Information, 1908-1932 MFM 1180
    The Bureau of Vocational Information of New York City (BVI) was the successor to the Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations. Its purpose was to gather and distribute information concerning vocational opportunities for women. This collection contains correspondence; numerous questionnaires; printed items concerning women's employment, education, and training; most issues of BVI's News Bulletin (1922-1926); files on occupations; and an extensive "Study of Secretarial Work."

  • Format: Microfilm - 28 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Records of the Bureau of Vocational Information, 1908-1932, 1988, compiled by Nanette Dobrosky, in MFM Guides

  • Records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, 1895-1992 MFM 1274
    This collection includes the NACW convention minutes from 1895-1992 and the Presidents' Office Files, 1958-1968. Press coverage of NACW activities from 1899-1939 is also included.

  • Format: Microfilm
  • Access: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, 1895-1992, in MFM guides.
  • Review: Microform Review 24 (Summer 1995): 146-50.

  • Records of the National Council of Women of the United States, Inc. 1888-ca. 1970 MFE 4338
    This collection documents the activities of the NCW, including its executive committee meetings, annual and biennial meetings, conferences, seminars, and other events, and the work of its ad hoc and standing committees (e.g., the International Hospitality Committee).

  • Format: Microfiche
  • Access: Printed Records of the National Council of Women of the United States, Inc. 1888-ca. 1970: A Guide to the Microfiche Edition

  • Records of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1918-1965 MFM 1168
    The U.S. Congress established a federal Women's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Labor in 1920 with the mandate to "investigate and improve" conditions for women workers. Although never a large nor powerful agency, it sometimes achieved amazing results. It gathered volumes of materials used to create its reports, with the richest falling in the New Deal and World War II period. The Library has part I of a proposed four-part microfilm edition of their files. Part I contains Monthly Reports of the Director and the Annual Summaries of these reports, Conferences of the Women's Bureau, and Speeches and Articles prepared by the officers.

  • Format: Microfilm: 23 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Records of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1918-1965, 1986, ed. by Dale Grinder, in MFM Guides
  • Review of Part 1: Microform Review (October 1988)

  • Southern Historical Manuscripts MFE 116
    Collection of family papers, diaries, letters, and notebooks dealing with 19th century plantation life in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Virginia. The original manuscripts are at Louisiana State University.

  • Format: Microfiche - 526 fiche
  • Access: Printed bibliography - Southern Historical Manuscripts in MFE Guides.

  • Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries MFM 1259

  • Format: Microfilm
  • Access: Printed guide, Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries in the MFM guides.
  • Online guide from the publisher: http://www.us.net/upa/guides/womens.htm
  • Review of Series A: Microform Review 21 (Fall 1992): 179-81.

  • Witchcraft in Europe and America MFM 1334
    MTSU Library has only the American parts of this collection.

  • Format: microfilm
  • Access: See the printed guide to this collection in the MFM Guides (MFM 1334 Guide)

  • Witchcraft in New England MFM 1261
    "This collection brings together over 60 works representing some 7,000 pages of information gleaned from the over 1,500-item Salem Village witchcraft collection maintained by the Danvers Archival Center, a department of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Massachusetts" (from the Introduction).

  • Format: Microfilm
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM guides.

  • Women's Labour League-Labour Party Women's Organization MFE 4346
    Founded in 1906, the Women's Labour League was a broadly based feminist pressure group in England drawing members and support from the Labour Party, Trade Unions, and similar organizations. The ideals of the League were for socialism and equality for all, but they focused their efforts on achieving equality for women. To achieve wider scope and a greater measure of support the Women's Labour League disappeared as a separate affiliated organization in 1918 and became an integrated section of the Labour Party as the Labour Party Women's Organization. The Conference Proceedings and Annual Reports (71 fiche) cover 1906-1977. The League Leaflet, and Continuations (including The Labour Woman) (176 fiche) covers 1911-1971. See also MFE 4347 (entry # 211).

  • Format: Microfiche: 247 fiche

  • Women's Social and Political Emancipation: The Suffragette Fellowship Collection in the Museum of London MFM 1291
    This collection includes correspondence, personal papers, and minute books; pamphlets, leaflets, and handbills; annual reports of the National Women's Social and Political Union, the Women's Freedom League, and the National Women's Social and Political Union; and photographs.

  • Format: Microfilm
  • Access: Printed guide, Women's Social and Political Emancipation, in the MFM guides.