Women in the United States in the 19th Century

This a a selective guide to library and other resources on women in the United States in the nineteenth century

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Databases, Indexes & Full Text Sources




Reference Works

ABC-Clio Companion to Women’s Progress in America. 1994.

Compendium of alphabetically-arranged entries covering court cases, organizations, individuals, events, and publications associated with women’s public achievements. Mugar HQ1410 F76 1994.

American Women’s History: An A to Z of People, Organizations, Issues, and Events. 1994.

An encyclopedia of women, organizations, and events, emphasizing women in nontraditional roles rather than those who achieved fame in gender-stereotyped occupations. Mugar HQ1115 W4 1994.

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. 3 vols. 2001.

Arranged alphabetically with lengthy articles on all aspects of life in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Use the table of contents in volume 1, or the systematic outline of contents and detailed subject index in volume 3 to locate your topic. Mugar Ref. X E169.1 E626 2001.

Encyclopedia of Women in American History. 3 vols. 2002.

“This illustrated set examines the unique influence and contributions of women in every era of American history, from the colonial period to the present. It not only covers the issues that have had an impact on women, but also traces the influence of women’s achievements on society as a whole.” Mugar Ref. X HQ1410 E53 2002.

Handbook of American Women’s History. 2nd ed. 2000.

Entries focus on the organizations, concepts, and individuals important to American women’s history. Mugar Ref. X HQ1410 H36 2000.

Women’s Rights in the United States: A Documentary History. 1994.

Anthology of primary documents on women’s rights, including speeches, court decisions, and statutes. Mugar HQ1236.5 U6 W68 1994.

Women’s Studies Encyclopedia. 3 vols. Revised and expanded ed. 1999.

Arranged alphabetically from “Abolitionism” to “Zhenotdel” (the women’s section of the Soviet Communist Party), entries contain information about women from all disciplines of study. While many entries discuss women elsewhere in the world, the primary focus is on women in the U.S. Mugar HQ1115 W645 1999.


Chronology of Women Worldwide: People, Places and Events That Shaped Women’s History. 1997.

Chronologically-arranged history of women in the world, emphasizing explanations and significance of events. Also contains myths and legends about women, excerpts of important documents concerning women, and a list of women-related events for each day of the year. Mugar Ref. X HQ1121 C617 1997.

Chronology of Women’s History. 1994.

Inclusive list of landmarks in women’s history between 20,000 BC and 1993, arranged in ten categories, by time period. Mugar HQ1121 O47 1994.

NAWSA Timeline: One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview.


Timetables of Women’s History. 1994.

Presents achievements of women from ancient times to the present. Includes biographical entries. Mugar Ref. X HQ1121 G74 1994.

The Women’s Chronology. 1994.

From 3 million BC to 1993, this work records landmarks in women’s history. The 13,000 entries are grouped by category in an easy-to-read format. There is a detailed subject index. Mugar HQ1122 T73 1994.

Women’s Firsts. 1997.

Arranged thematically (e.g., activism, military), this work describes first-time accomplishments, honors, awards, and other landmark “firsts” of women worldwide, from ancient times to the present, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Also includes a calendar of “firsts” from 1562 AD and an index by year from 2300 BC. Mugar Ref. X CT3203 W66 1997.

Biographical Sources

African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. 1993.

Contains biographical sketches of approximately 300 women from the Colonial period to the present. Includes appendix listing women by career. Mugar E185.96 A45 1993.

Biographies of American Women: An Annotated Bibliography. 1990.

Contains entries for 1391 biographies of 700 American women, published since the early 1800s. Includes appendix arranged by profession or category. Mugar Z7963 B6 S88 1990. Storage: Use Request Form.

Black Women in America. 2nd ed. 3 vols. 2005.

Includes biographical essays on individual black women, both historical and contemporary, and entries on general topics such as Abolition and the Harlem Renaissance. Mugar Ref. X E185.86 B542 2005.

European Immigrant Women in the United States: A Biographical Dictionary. 1994.

Contains biographies of 234 European immigrant women who contributed to shaping the U.S. in such areas as the arts, politics, social work, religion, and medicine. Mugar E184 E95 L58 1994.

Notable American Women, 1607 – 1950: A Biographical Dictionary. 3 vols. 1971.

Biographical sketches of 1359 American women who lived between 1607 and 1950. Mugar Ref. X CT3260 N57.

Notable Black American Women. 1992.

Contains biographical essays on 500 black American women of historical and contemporary significance. Mugar E185.96 N68 1992.

Women in Particular: An Index to American Women. 1984.

Contains brief biographical information on more than 20,000 American women. Includes sources for further information. There are field/career, religious affiliation, ethnic/racial, and geographical indexes. Mugar HQ1412 H47 1984.