Major Research Tools

Digital Transgender Archive


Hub for trans-related archival materials. Focuses on materials produced or events that took place before 2000.

Gender: Identity and Social Change

Coverage: 19th-21st centuries

Primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present. Sources from from the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia.

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940


Archive of primary sources on the LGBTQ community, including historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals, publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work that attempts to cover the role women have played throughout world history. Includes entries on the role and status of women in various countries as well as articles on social and cultural phenomena.

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Full-Text, Reference

Reference source covering gender, feminist, queer, masculinity, and sexuality studies.

Women and Transnational Networks

Late 18th Century through 1920s

Collection of serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visual materials covering "social reform movements and groups, high and popular culture, literature and the arts, immigration, daily life, women's labor, and religion" through a transnational lens.

Women's Issues and Identities


Archive of primary sources documenting movements for women's rights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, including movements for suffrage and reproductive rights.

Women's Magazine Archive

Coverage: 1885-2005

Archive containing cover-to-cover, color issues of 11 of the leading women's interest magazines from the 19th century through the 21st: Better Homes and Gardens, Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Redbook, Seventeen, WIN News, and Women's Day.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World


United Nations report with information on changes in legal grounds for abortion between 1996 and 2013.

Alan Guttmacher Institute

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports on sexual and reproductive health issues, including abortion.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals


Provides digital access to a highly comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1912. Subject coverage includes: advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more. Produced by a partnership between EBSCO and the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).

American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices from the Inside


Collection of newspapers published in prisons by incarcerated persons. Still a work-in-progress, but will eventually include hundreds of prison newspapers from across the country from penal institutions of all kinds, with special attention paid to women's-only institutions.

American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices from the Inside

Database of hundreds of prison newspapers from across the U.S. representing penal institutions of all kinds, with special attention paid to women's-only institutions. From Reveal Digital, a library crowdfunded open access initiative.

Center for American Women and Politics

Data, Full-Text

News, data, and research reports on women in politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

Defining Gender

Coverage: 1410-1917

Primary source material from British archives focusing on gender, leisure, and consumer culture. Thematic areas within the collection are Conduct and Politeness, Domesticity and the Family, Consumption and Leisure, Education and Sensibility, and The Body.

Discovering American Women's History Online


Gateway to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States

Everyday Life and Women In America, c1800-1920


Collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and broadsides for the study of American social, cultural and popular history. Particularly rich in conduct-of-life and domestic management literature, offering insights into the daily lives of women and men in the nineteenth century.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Coverage: 1994-present

Index of journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Covers Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Provided by The University of Iowa Libraries.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia - Archive

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia of GLBTQ art, literature, film, music, and popular culture. The encyclopedia was closed and archived in 2015.

Gender Data Portal


A database of international gender statistics. From the World Bank.

Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections


Samplings of oral histories collected by the Lesbian Herstory Archive, which seeks to preserve materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Independent Voices


Open Access collection of over 1,000 alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals from the 1960s-80s focused on the following series: Feminism; LGBTQ; Ethnicity and Race; Campus/community; GI Press; Small literary magazines; Right-wing press.

Perdita Manuscripts

Coverage: 1545-1752

Digital facsimiles of manuscripts by early modern women writers from the UK and Ireland, covering topics ranging from daily life to religion to biography and more.

Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering the history of Jewish women. Includes thematic essays (e.g., abortion, Hadassah) as well as biographical entries.

SocINDEX with Full Text


Coverage: 1908-present.

Indexes journal articles, books, and conference papers in sociology. Includes a substantial amount of full text

Suffragists Oral History Project


Collection of oral histories documenting the activities of leaders and participants in the women's suffrage movement in the United States. From the University of California, Berkeley.

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

Coverage: 1835 - 1976

Diaries and correspondence, plus some illustrations, describing the motivations for and experiences of travel by 19th & 20th century American women to destinations across the globe.


Full-Text, Gateway

Resources, including laws and research, on gender-based violence.

Women in Politics: Bibliographic Database

Coverage: 1948-2015

Index of books and articles on women's participation in political life. Produced by the IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union).

Women in the National Archives

Full-Text, Index
Documents on the campaign for women's suffrage in Britain, 1903-1928 and the granting of women's suffrage in British colonial territories, 1930-1962. Also includes a detailed finding aid to women's studies resources in The British National Archives.

Women Working, 1800-1930


Digitized books, manuscripts, images, magazines, and catalogs from Harvard University libraries and museums on women in the U.S. economy from 1800-1930.

Women's Human Rights Resources

Gateway, Index

Covers international law as it relates to women's rights and women's issues. Includes references to scholarly articles, United Nations publications, reports from non-governmental organizations, and legal cases, plus annotated links to other web sites. From the law library at the University of Toronto.