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Digital Resources Celebrating Women’s History

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Women’s History Month is coming to a close this week, but the research never stops at the library. Below is a selection of digital resources available through Fordham’s libraries and beyond covering women’s history, from oral histories to protest photographs.

Oral Histories at Fordham

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Heralded as a feminist research method focusing on the lives of everyday people, Fordham is home to a rich assortment of oral history projects. Our Digital Collections platform hosts stories and observations by women in the following collections:

Historical Collections by Subscription

Fordham subscribes to many databases with a broad range of historical content. While many of our historical databases cover the lives of women, we wanted to plug these specific resources for Women’s History Month:

  • ARTstor provides access to loads of historical content connected to feminist movements, from photographs to famous works of art. Check out ARTstor’s blog post for Women’s History Month highlighting specific collections within their platform.

Historical Open Access Collections

Librarians love open access collections because that means more people can enjoy them! The following collections have caught our attention this past month:

  • Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative collection documenting Black women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement from the 1850s to 1960. This resource includes photographs, correspondence, speeches, event programs, publications, oral histories, and other artifacts.
  • The Catholic News Archive provides free access to Dorothy Day’s writings from The Catholic Worker newspaper. Use the search limiters to read the digitized articles with Dorothy Day as the author.
Sample search for Dorothy Day in the The Catholic News Archive.
  • The Digital Transgender Archive is a collaboration of more than fifty colleges, universities, organizations, public libraries, and private collections to increase the accessibility of transgender history. This resource includes a DTA Starter’s Guide for anyone who is new to trans history and research.
  • Catching the Wave: Photographs of the Women’s Movement from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard offers digitized photographs from Bettye Lane and Freda Leinwand covering the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. Many of the photographs feature activism on the streets of New York City.
“ERA Demonstration” by Freda Leinwand showing women holding a banner for the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women via Catching the Wave: Photographs of the Women’s Movement.

There Is Always More!

We could go on and on talking about resources because there is always more to find through libraries. Those listed above are only a small selection. You can always ask a librarian to help you search for the content that fits your research needs. Be sure to check out the resources listed here (and more!) on the research guide for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

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