September 20, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Works by Civil War Era African American Women

These digitized works were written by and about African American women who lived during the U.S. Civil War and include autobiographies, biographies, children’s books, novels, poetry, speeches and more. The authors and the works are listed below; click the section headers to access links to the online works. Some authors also have related resource links. Autobiographies & BiographiesSarah H. Bradford 1818-1912Harriet, the Moses of Her People 1886 Scenes in the Life of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman’s Work

Look carefully at the photograph above and respond to the following questions.What do you notice first? What else do you see? What details can you point to? What might those details tell you about this woman and what she is doing? What might those details tell you about why this photo was taken, or the purpose it might have served? What questions do you have?Now review the bibliographic record for this image, then this set of related images. Were any of your previous … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Esther Bubley

Esther Bubley images +2,000Esther Bubley biographical information & collection guideWomen Come to the Front: Esther Bubley background information & select imagesLadies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016Women Photojournalists Picture This January 8, 2016Documenting America, 1935-1943: The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photo Collection streaming webcastEsther Bubley Photography Archive  … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan photosBetty Friedan The Feminine Mystique 1963A Conversation with Betty Friedan streaming webcast'The Revolution Is Not Over' Betty Friedan on Women Changing America Library of Congress Information Bulletin April 2005 - Vol. 64, No. 4109 HRES 695 IH: Honoring the life and accomplishments of Betty Friedan109 HCON 475 IH: To congratulate the National Organization of Women on its 40th anniversaryFirst Measured Century: Interview: Betty Friedan PBSBetty … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Women, Gender, Feminism, Education

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.Chicago Women’s Clubs reform (Insane Asylum, Chicago Fire, Juvenile Court, discrimination)Annals of the Chicago Woman's Club … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: Taking a Stand – World History Topic Ideas

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2017 theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.The Boxer Rebellion: Standing Against WesternizationChinese, American, and European Resistance to the Japanese Occupation of NankingSino-Japanese War primary source set Sino-Japanese … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perceptions & Roles of American Women

Enduring understandingTime, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues.Essential questionHow have perceptions of women in America and their roles in society evolved over time?Lesson prepReview and read all primary sources. Prepare primary sources for online or paper analysis. Have packs of sticky notes (three different colors) available.Lesson planDivide students into three or six groups and instruct each group complete one of the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: When Women are Jurors

Zoom into a more detailed image of this illustration. Study carefully the expressions--both facial and body--of each woman in this illustration. Use one adjective and one verb to describe each woman based on your analysis of their expressions.The full title of this illustration is "Studies in expression. When women are jurors." This 1902 illustration provided a social commentary on women acting as jurors in U.S. courtrooms. What do you think was the attitude of the illustrator towards women … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gibson Girls

From the Library of Congress: An acclaimed master of pen-and-ink drawing, Charles Dana Gibson (1867–1944) came of age when the expansion of women's roles and increasing social mobility were changing America. After training at the Art Students League in New York City and in Europe, Gibson began to create satirical illustrations based on his observations of upper-middle-class life for such mainstream magazines as Life, Collier's Weekly, Harper's Weekly, Scribner's, and Century. In the 1890s he … [Read more...]