September 2008


Editors : Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin
Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton

In This Issue

This is our third issue of 2008 and it comes as part of a wholesale reworking of the architecture of Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. With the appearance last year of the first releases of the Scholar s Edition, we realized that we needed to dramatically update the underlying programming that makes the WASM database accessible to users. Beginning with this issue, you will find that document projects, book reviews, full-text sources, and our Scholar s Edition databases are fully integrated and accessible through common indexing and searching.

The particularly exciting addition with this issue is the online publication within the Scholar s Edition of the first three volumes of Notable American Women , the leading biographical dictionary in U.S. women s history. We have incorporated Notable s biographies into the database, permitting users to link the sketches with document projects or full-text sources pertaining to the same individuals. We will be adding volumes four and five over the course of the next year, providing coverage of women leaders active in the second half of the twentieth century. It is an important addition that will complement our interest at WASM in contemporary feminism.

We are also publishing two new document projects and our normal array of reviews and news from the archives. Our document projects address important issues concerning the intersection of race and gender in the twentieth century. One project, authored by Edith Holbrook Riehm, examines the activism of white churchwomen in the emergence of the civil rights movement after World War II. Focusing on Dorothy Tilly and the Fellowship of the Concerned, the project reveals the gendered approach southern white churchwomen took in supporting the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Our second project explores the place of women in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in the 1920s. Keisha Benjamin draws upon the women s pages of The Negro World , arguing that they offered a substantial platform for Black women to share their views on the issues that concerned them most. In the process Benjamin demonstrates that women played a critical, but little appreciated, role in the Garveyite movement.

This issue also includes four book reviews and our regular feature, News from the Archives. This section provides news about collections and projects of interest from archives and repositories. 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 the editor of the new section, Tanya Zanish-Belcher , Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.

The full-text sources in this issue mark our fourth installment of publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000. We are grateful to the National LWV and many state and local branches for granting us permission to publish these materials online. We expect to publish another 3,000 pages of League materials in the coming year as we continue to document a leading women s social movement in the post-suffrage decades.



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