WCRT Bibliography

Women's Collections and Archival Theory and Practice:  A Selected Bibliography

Compiled by Elizabeth A. Novara and the WCRT

Last Updated: October 2015



This is a selected bibliography of published works that discuss archival theory and practice in relation to women’s archives and/or individual women’s archival collections. The bibliography also includes compilations of women’s resources in archival repositories. Publications that concentrate primarily on book collections or are largely works of historical research on women and gender are not included in this bibliography. The bibliography is organized by type of publication (books; book chapters; journal articles; theses and dissertations; and websites) and then alphabetically by author’s last name. This is by no means an exhaustive list of sources. If you have suggestions for improvements or additions, please post to the Women’s Collections Roundtable (WRCT) discussion list or contact anyone on the current leadership of the roundtable. The WCRT promotes the preservation and research use of records documenting women and networks archivists with holdings concerning or created by women. All archivists and other individuals interested in documenting women's history are welcome to contribute.


Accardi, Maria T. Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2013.

Bishop, Beverly D., and Deborah W. Bolas. In Her Own Write: Women's History Resources in the Library and Archives of the Missouri Historical Society. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1983.

Bly, Lyz, and Kelly Wooten. Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century. Los Angeles: Litwin Books, 2012. 

Buss, Helen M., and Marlene Kadar. Working in Women's Archives: Researching Women's Private Literature and Archival Documents. Waterloo, Ont: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001. 

Chauduri, Nupur. Sherry J. Katz, and Mary Elizabeth Perry, eds. Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources.  Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Cvetkovich, Ann. An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Dever, Maryanne, Ann Vickery, and Sally Newman. The Intimate Archive: Journeys Through Private Papers. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009.

Eichorn, Kate. The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Mary Elizabeth Fiorenza, and Michael Edmonds. Women's History: Resources at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison, Wis. (816 State St., Madison 53706-1488): The Society, 1997.

Hildenbrand, Suzanne. Women's Collections: Libraries, Archives, and Consciousness. New York: Haworth Press, 1986. 

Hinding, Andrea, and Ames S. Bower. Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1979.

Keilty, Patrick and Rebecca Dean, eds. Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2013.

Melnyk, Olenka.  What’s Cooking in Women’s History: An Introductory Guide to Preserving Archival Records About Women. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Northern Alberta Women’s Archives Association, 1993. 

Morra, Linda M. and Jessica Schagerl, eds.  Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women's Archives. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012.

Myers, Patricia A.  Preserving Women’s History: An Introductory Guide to Preserving the Records of Women’s Lives.  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: 2002.

Olson, Hope A., ed. Information Sources in Women's Studies and Feminism. Munich: K.G. Saur, 2002.

Thomas, Evangeline, Joyce L. White, and Lois Wachtel. Women Religious History Sources: A Guide to Repositories in the United States. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1983.

Tom, Mary Lee. Directory of Repositories Collecting Records of Women’s Organizations, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, July 1994.

Wieringa, Saskia Eleonora, ed. Traveling Heritages: New Perspectives on Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Women's History. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2008. 

Zanish-Belcher, Tanya, and Anke Voss, eds.  Perspectives on Women's Archives. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.

Book Chapters

Chmielewski, Wendy.  “Women’s History Archives.” In Archival Information: How to Find It, How to Use It, edited by Steven Fisher, 65-83. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 

Greening, Anna. "Archival Materials." In Information Sources in Women's Studies and Feminism, edited by Hope A. Olson, 3-21. Munich: K.G. Saur, 2002. 

Lerner, Gerda. “Women Among the Professors of History: The Story of a Process of Transformation.” In Voices of Women Historians: The Personal, The Political, The Professional, edited by. Eileen Boris and Nupur Chaudhuri, 1-10. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Mayhill, Laura.  “British Feminism and the Historical Imagination,” in Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History, ed. Antoinette Burton (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006), 232-250. 

Journal Articles

Beattie, Diane L. “An Archival User Study: Researchers in the Field of Women’s History.” Archivaria 29, (Winter 1989-90): 33-50.

Beattie, Heather. “Where Narratives Meet: Archival Description, Provenance, and Women’s Diaries.” Libraries and the Cultural Record 44, no. 1 (2009): 82-100.

Brown, Lauren.  “Present at the Tenth Hour: Appraising and Accessioning the Papers of Congresswoman Marjorie S. Holt.”  Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship 2 (Fall 1987): 95-102.  

Cameron, Gail, and Doherty, Teresa.  “‘Who Takes the Eye Takes All’: Visual Culture in the Women's Library Collections.” Art Libraries Journal 32, no. 1 (January 2007): 20-24.

Crawford, Miriam I.  “Women in Archives: A Program for Action.” American Archivist 36, no. 2 (April 1973): 223-232.

Gerrard, Morna. “Hear Them Roar: Challenge and Collaboration in Putting the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project on the Web.” Archival Issues: Journal of The Midwest Archives Conference 31, no. 1 (January 2007): 7-24.

Gilfoyle, Timothy J. “Prostitutes in the Archives: Problems and Possibilities in Documenting the History of Sexuality.” American Archivist 57, no. 3 (Summer 1994): 514-527.

Koelsch, Beth Ann. “Uses of Collections at UNC Greensboro Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project.” North Carolina Libraries 68, no. 1 (2010): 238-259.  

Lawrimore, Erin.  “Margaret Cross Norton: Defining and Redefining Archives and the Archival  Profession.” Libraries & the Cultural Record 44, no. 2 (2009): 183-200.

Lee, Hur-Li. “Activism in Library Development: Women’s Studies at Rutgers University, 1970- 1995.” Libraries & Culture 37, no. 4 (October 15, 2002): 339-362.

Lockwood, Elizabeth. “‘Imponderable Matters’: The Influence on New Trends in History on Appraisal at the National Archives.” American Archivist 53, no. 3 (Summer 1990): 394 405.

Mason, Kären M. and Tanya Zanish-Belcher. “Raising Archival Consciousness: How Women’s Archives Challenge Traditional Approaches to Collecting and Use, Or, What’s in a  Name?” Library Trends 56, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 344-359.

Mason, Kären & Tanya Zanish-Belcher. “A Room of One's Own: Women Archives in the Year 2000.” Archival Issues 24:1 (1999): 37-54.

Moseley, Eva S. “Sharing Archives of Women’s Organizations.” Society of American Archivists Newsletter (July 1988): 9.

Moseley, Eva S. “Sources for the “’New Women’s History.’” American Archivist 43, no. 2 (Spring, 1980): 180.

Moseley, Eva S. “Women in Archives: Documenting the History of Women in America.” American Archivist 36, no. 2 (April 1973): 215-222.

Novara, Elizabeth A. “Documenting Maryland Women State Legislators: The Politics of Collecting Women’s Political Papers,” American Archivist 76, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 196-214.

Olin, Ferris. “Institutional Activism: Documenting Contemporary Women Artists in the United States.” Art Libraries Journal 32, no. 1 (January 2007): 11-19.

Olson, Hope A. "How We Construct Subjects: A Feminist Analysis." Library Trends 56, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 509-541.

Peronne, Fernanda.  “Vanished Worlds: Searching for the Records of Closed Catholic Women’s Colleges.” Archival Issues: Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference 30, no. 2 (January 2, 2006): 119-149.

Sachs, Honor R. “Reconstructing A Life: The Archival Challenges of Women’s  History.” Library Trends 56, no. 3 (Winter 2008): 650-666.

Sieminski, Mary. “The Lycoming County Women’s History Project: Building and Archival Community.” Microform & Imaging Review 39, no. 2 (2010): 61-65.

Strong-Boag, Veronica. “Raising Clio's Consciousness: Women's History & Archives in Canada.” Archivaria 6 (1978): 70-82.

Su, Mila C. “Women Coaches, Personal Papers, & University Archives: A Case Study.” Archival Issues 20(1995): 155.

Taylor, Ula. “Women in the Documents: Thoughts on Uncovering the Personal, Political, and Professional.”  Journal of Women’s History 20, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 187-196.

Trojanowski, Herman J. “The Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro: The Oral History Segment.” North Carolina Libraries (Online) 67, no. 2 (October 15, 2009): 29-32.

Tucker, Susan, and Svanhildur Bogadottir. “Gender, Memory, and History: In One Culture and Across Others.” Journal of Archival Organization 6, no. 4 (2008): 1-23.

Voss-Hubbard, Anke. “‘No Documents--No History:’ Mary Ritter Beard & the Early History of Women's Archives.” American Archivist 58 (1995): 16-30.

Zangrando, Joanne Schneider, “Women in the Archives: An Historian’s View on the Liberation of Clio.” American Archivist 36, no. 2 (April 1973): 203-214

Theses & Dissertations

McDonald, A. S. “Out of the Hollinger Box and Into the Streets: Activists, Archives, and Under-documented Populations.” Master's Paper, University of North Carolina, 2008.


Alberta Women’s Archives Association

ACRL, Women & Gender Studies Section - Bibliography of Scholarship on Women & Gender Studies Librarianship and Archival Sites for Women and Gender Studies

University of Wisconsin Madison Libraries - Women's History Research in Archives

Women Archivists Roundtable - Resources for Women in Archives

Women’s Archives Directory, Loyola University of Chicago