Women’s History Resources – Microtext

Women’s History Resources in the UW-Milwaukee Libraries Microtext Research Collection

Abbott Papers.
(MF) KF 40 (2 reels)

Correspondence of Grace Abbott and Homer Folks.
(MF) KF 41 (1 reel)

This collection contains the correspondence of Grace Abbott from 1916-1939 with the National Child Labor Committee concerning a proposed child labor amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Social activist and reformer Grace Abbott (1878-1939) began her long public service career working with Jane Adams at Hull House and concluded it by helping Franklin Delano Roosevelt plan the Social Security Act. To learn more about her life and work, go to: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov17.html

American Women’s Diaries.
Segment I: New England Women. Segment II: Southern Women.
(MF) CT 4 (55 reels)
(MFC) CT 3260 .G84x 1984, V. 1-2. Guide and index.

Bibliography of American Women.
(MF) HQ 95 (47 reels)

The bibliography contains approximately 50,000 titles and covers monographs written by women in all major fields of study, from 1500-1904.

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.
(MF) PR 168 (24 reels)
(MFC) PR 1309 .W7 C65x 1999. Listing and guide to Part 1.

Uncivil Liberty: An Essay to Show the Injustice and Impolicy of Ruling Woman Without Her Consent

Cornell University Collection of Women’s Rights Pamphlets, 1814-1912.
(MC) HQ 1 (118 fiche)
(MFC) HQ 1423 .C7x. Contents guide.

The 117 pamphlets in this collection cover topics such as the political independence of women and militant methods for achieving women’s rights . Above, Uncivil Liberty: An Essay to Show the Injustice and Impolicy of Ruling Woman Without Her Consent, by Ezra Hervey Heywood. Read this essay at Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848 to 1941http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html

Diary of Beatrice Webb, 1873-1943.
(MF) HX 1 (234 fiche)
(MF) HX 1. Index filed at the end of the microfiche set.

Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943) was a British social reformer and economist who, along with Sidney Webb, co-founded the London School of Economic and Political Science. Learn more about Beatrice Webb and the school she helped found at LSE History: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/diversity/2011/03/lse-women-beatrice-webb/

Dorothea Lange: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1935-1939
Library of Congress/with writings by Paul S. Taylor. v.1-2
(MC) HN 2 (17 microfiche)

Dorothea Lange’s famous photographs of America’s rural poor during the Great Depression. Learn more about Dorothea Lange and her photography at the Oakland Museum of California’s Online Archive of California: http://collections.museumca.org/?q=category/2011-schema/art/dorothea-lange

Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Milwaukee Records 1929-1981.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 52 (3 microfilm reels)

Records of an organization founded in 1925 that coordinated the activities of philanthropic and cultural Jewish women’s organizations in Milwaukee.  Organizations such as the Federation also played an important role in the lives of immigrant Jewish women.

History of Nursing.
Part 1. The Adelaide Nutting Historical Nursing Collection.
(MC) RT 5 (3,500 fiche)
(MFC) RT 31 .H57 1983 v.1. Index.

Louisa Lee Schuyler Mss. in the New York Historical Society
(MF) HV 120 (1 microfilm reel)

Letters of Louisa Lee Schuyler (1837-1926), who was one of the founders of the State Charities Aid Association of New York. She also founded the first professional school of nursing in the United States at Bellevue Hospital.

Milwaukee-Downer College. Records, 1852-1964.
Milwaukee Micro 78 (3 microfilm reels)
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection L (print material available in Archives)

Records of the College and its predecessor institutions, Milwaukee College and Downer College, mostly dating from after 1895. The college was created in 1895 by the merger of Milwaukee College and Downer College. Each institution, founded for the education of women, had a distinct history of its own.

Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman’s Party

National Woman’s Party Papers, 1913-1974.

(MF) HQ 82 (179 reels)
(MFC) HQ 1904 .N38x. Guide.

The National Woman’s Party was founded in 1913 by Alice Paul (pictured above.) The materials in this collection record the activities of the NWP from its militant support of the 1920 Suffrage Amendment, through its 50-year struggle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Visit the National Women’s Party Digital Collection at: http://www.sewallbelmont.org/learn/national-womans-party/ View the exhibit Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party at: http://www.loc.gov/collection/women-of-protest/about-this-collection/

Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library
(MF) E 206 (20 reels)
(MFC) E 807.1 .R48 1986. Guide.

Papers of the Women’s Trade Union League and its Principal Leaders.
(MF) HD 156 (131 reels)
(MFC) HD 6079.2 .U5 P36. Guide.

This collection chronicles the activities of the WTUL on national and local levels, providing an in-depth look at its leaders and work in politics and social reform movements (1901-1950). http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/

Pioneer Women of the West.
Mrs. Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet, 1818-1877.
(MC) F 4 (9 fiche)

Read one selection from Mrs. Ellet’s book, “My Husband Was Seized With the Mania”: Emigration from New York to Michigan, 1824 at History Matters: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5715/  Learn more about women’s lives in the early days of western expansion in the exhibit: Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin ca. 1820-1910 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/umhtml/umhome.html

Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee (Wis.).
Records, 1946-1998.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 39
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection 74 (Print items located in Archives.)

Records of a club organized in 1953 to create interest in Polish culture and traditions, inspire American Poles with pride in their heritage, and sponsor the Polish exhibit and booth at the city’s annual folk fair.

Quaker Women’s Diaries, 18th-19th Centuries.
From the Library of the Society of Friends (Special Collections)
(MF) BX 60 (8 reels)
(MFC) BX 7793 .Q34x 1979. Index and list of contents.

Records of the Bureau of Vocational Information, 1908-1932.
(MF) HF 63 (28 reels)
HF 5382.65 .B87 1991. Index.

The Bureau of Vocational Education (BVI) was originally founded in 1911 as the Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations. According to an early director, Emma P. Hirth, “The purpose of this organization…is to gather and distribute information concerning vocational opportunities for trained women…” To learn more about the BVI visit this online exhibit: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/

Reminiscences of Frances Perkins
Columbia University Oral History Collection Part III
(MC) E 17 (61 microfiche)
Guide: (MFC) AI .O7.

Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was the first women to hold a presidential cabinet position. She served as Secretary of Labor under Franklin Delano Roosevelt for 12 years and was involved in planning New Deal programs, particularly, the Social Security Act. Read the transcript of or listen to her oral-history interviews at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/nny/perkinsf/audio_transcript.html

Report on Condition of Woman and Child Wage-earners in the United States: in 19 volumes.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1910-13.
(MF) HD 129 (3 microfilm reels)

These reports are the result of a 1910 Senate resolution which directed the Department of Commerce and Labor: “to investigate and report the industrial, social, moral, educational and physical condition of women and child workers in the United States wherever employed, with special reference to their age, hours of labor, terms of employment, health, illiteracy, sanitary and other conditions surrounding their occupation, and the means employed for the protection of their health, person, and morals.” (CIS US Serial Set, 61 st Congress. 2d Session. S.Doc. Assession numbers 5685-5703.) It is considered one of the classic resource documents on child and women labor abuses. For more information on women and work during the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, visit this online exhibit at the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/

Sharing the Burden: Women in Cryptology during World War II.
U.S. Superintendent of Documents/Government Printing Office
D 1.2:C 88/2 (1 fiche)

American women have been involved in this “traditionally male” field beginning with the Revolution. Learn more about women code breakers at the United States National Security Agency’s Women in American Cryptology Exhibit : http://www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic_heritage/women/index.shtml

Survey Associates Records.
Part I: The “Forget-Me-Not” Files
(MF) HV 115 (57 reels)
(MFC) HV 91 .S93x 1985. Guide covering Parts I, II, & III.

The journal Survey, published from 1909 to 1952, reported on and influenced the social and public policy issues of the day. Part I of the Records contains working and personal correspondence between the Survey editors and contributing authors including many women, several of whom are featured in this exhibit: http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/. Survey is available in the UWM Libraries collection.

Ulichny, Barbara L., 1947- Papers, 1977-1992
Milwaukee Micro 73
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection 158 (Print items available in Archives)

Papers of State Senator Barbara Ulichny, a Democrat who represented Wisconsin’s 4th Senate District and served in the Assembly (1978-1984). Included are general subject files and issues files from her terms as senator containing correspondence, draft legislation, reports, clippings, meeting notes, and other collected reference information; speeches; press releases; and press clippings.

What Women Wrote: Scenarios, 1912-1929.
(MF) PN 107
(MFC) PN 1997 .A1 G85x 1987. Guide.

Women played an important role in the early motion picture industry, particularly as writers. This collection includes scenarios (screenplays) by 39 women, including several by Sarah Bernhardt, Dorothy Gish, and Anita Loos. One scenarist from the set, Alice Guy-Blache, is featured in the exhibit The Silent Era: Women Behind the Camerahttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awhhtml/awmi10/silent_camera.html

Women and Health.
Women’s History Research Center, 1974
(MF) HQ 76 (14 reels)
(MFC) HQ 1426 .W653x. Reel guide.

Women and Law.
Women’s History Research Center, 1974
(MF) HQ 77 (40 reels)
(MFC) HQ1426 .W654x. Reel guide.

Contents: Section I. Law/General; Section II. Politics; Section III. Employment; Section IV. Education; Section V. Rape/Prison/Prostitution; Section VI. Black and Third World Women and Law.

Women’s Court and Civic Conference (Milwaukee, Wis.).
Records, 1930-1974.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 62 (1 microfilm reel)
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection 122 (Print items located in Archives)

Records of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin organization formed to unite community women’s groups to work cooperatively for the improvement of the courts and public institutions and to increase awareness of civic issues.

Women’s National Indian Association: Annual Meeting and Report, 1883-1938.
(MC) E 0126 (26 fiche)

Indian’s friend.
(MC) E 065, v.1:no.4 (1888)-v.63:no.2 (1951).
(Official organ of the Women’s National Indian Association, 1888-1901.)

Women who were interested in the cause of American Indians founded the Women’s National Indian Association in the late 19th century. Amelia S. Quinton, an early and active member, wrote a short history of the Association for the 1893 Columbian Exposition: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/eagle/congress/quinton.html  Read a contemporary historian’s account of the WNIA, “Nineteenth Century Women and Reform: The Women’s National Indian Association” in American Indian Quarterly : Winter 90, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p.1 , 18 pp.

Young Women’s Christian Association ( Milwaukee, Wis.) Records, 1892-1961.
Milwaukee Micro 4 (2 microfilm reels)
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection BH (print material available in Archives)

The microfilm contains minutes of the Board of Managers, annual meetings, Board of Trustees, and Board of Directors from 1898-1921.


American Periodicals, 1741-1900.
(MF) AP 1. Series I, II & III (2,800 reels)
(MFC) Z6951 .A4x. Index.

Herstory 1, 2, and 3 plus supplements.
The International Women’s History Periodical Archive
(MF) HQ 69–75 (70 reels)
(MFC) HQ 1426 .W651x v.1-2. Index.

This publication includes 821 newsletters, journals, and newspapers on women’s issues that were produced by civic, professional, religious, and political groups.

Selected Periodicals from the General Collection.

(MF) HQ 08Club Women(MF) HQ 05Revolution
(MF) HQ 013Coming Nation(MF) AP 037Stiletto
(MF) HQ 017Equal Rights(MF) JK 03Suffragist
(MF) HQ 09Keystone(MF) HQ 07UNA
(MF) HQ 010Ladies Garment Worker(MF) HQ 04Voice of Women
(MF) HQ 011Lady's Friend(MF) JK 05Western Woman Voter
(MF) HQ 012Life and Labor(MF) HQ 015Woman Rebel
(MF) HV 01Lily(MF) JK 07Women Voter
(MF) JK 08National Citizen/Ballot Box(MF) HQ 016Woman Worker
(MF) HQ 03Other Woman(MF) HQ 09Woman's Column
(MF) HQ 013Progressive Woman(MF) JK 04Woman's Protest
Underground Press Collections, 1963-1985.
(MF) AN 014 (476 reels)
(MFC)AI1.U5x. Listing of contents, 1963/85.

Underground Press Collection, Hoover Institution Supplement.
(MF) AN 036 (16 reels)
(MFC) AI 1 .U52x 1988. Guide to the microfilm collection.

These collections consist primarily of 1960s and ’70s newspapers published by the era’s underground and radical groups, including some from the women’s liberation movement.

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