September 2012

News from the Archives provides readers with news concerning U.S. Women's History from archives and repositories with collections and projects of interest. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact Tanya Zanish-Belcher at

American Antiquarian Society: Student Name Index Project
The goal of the Student Name Index is to develop a database which includes every name in the eighteenth and nineteenth century school and college catalogues in the collections of the American Antiquarian Society through 1877. To date, the index includes 264,301 names from 1,006 school catalogues from some 71 educational institutions. A number of female academies such as Mount Holyoke, Ipswich, Cortland, Townsend are included and this project is the only database with 'gender' as a search filter. A list of schools indexed can be accessed through 'Examples' next to 'School' on the Search Page. There are 41,823 female entries primarily students, as well as 2,610 female teachers:

For further information, please contact:

Rich Morgan, Director
Student Name Index Project

American Antiquarian Society/Morgan Library of Ohio Imprints

4425 Glenbrook Road

Willoughby, Ohio 44094

fax 440-951-9423

Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education (Bryn Mawr College)

This newly launched web site explores the history of women's access to higher education. In addition to selected materials digitized and thematic exhibits from the Bryn Mawr archives, the site also serves as a portal to primary documents illustrating broader themes in women's history. The Center has collaborated with Temple University to develop online lesson plans utilizing primary sources as part of the Cultural Collaboration Fieldwork Initiative.

The Center has also put out a call for papers for its March 22-23, 2013 conference, 'Women's History in the Digital World.' As noted in the press release, the conference will "bring together scholars working on women's history projects with a digital component, exploring the complexities of creating, managing, researching and teaching with digital resources."

Please email abstracts (200 words max) and a bio (100 words max) to by December 14th, 2012.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Redmond, Director

Discovering American Women's History Online:

This site provides access to over 600 collections of primary sources relating to women. The database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s. There are currently over 600 digital collections included in the database, and researchers can search using a variety of browser options and topics, including subject, time period, and primary source type.

This site has been recognized by the ABC_CLIO Online History Award (2009) and the ACRL WSS Significant Achievement Award (2009).

For further information, please contact:

Ken Middleton
Digital Initiatives Librarian and Professor
Box 013, Walker Library
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 904-8524

Society of American Archivists: Women's Archives Reader (Forthcoming, 2013)

The SAA's Women's Archives Reader will include a variety of previously published work on women's collections and archives, in addition to the following new articles:

Mary Caldera, "The Lesbian in the Archives: An Overview of the History, Themes, and Challenges"

Virginia Corvid, "Building Community through Self-expression: Zines as Archival Materials"

Karen Mason, "'A Grand Manuscripts Search':The Women's History Sources Survey at The University of Minnesota, 1975-1979"

Danelle Moon, "Documenting the 'Problem that had no Name"—Second Wave Collecting in the 21st Century"

Beth Myers, "I Am My Sisters Keeper: Women's Archives, a Reflection"

Fernanda Perrone, "From Annals to Heritage Centers: The Archives of Women's Religious Communities"

Janice Ruth, "Collecting, Describing, and Promoting Women's History at the Library of Congress"

Taronda Spencer, "Documenting African American Women in Archives In Historically Black Colleges and Universities"

Susan Tucker, "Tacitly the Work of Women: Personal Archives and the Public Memory of Families"

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, "'A Culture of Concealment': Perspectives on Recordkeeping for Human Reproduction"

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