Dear Society members and guests:

I just returned home from a terrific, energizing conference, “Women in the Archives,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Maine Women Writers Collection and held at the University of New England in Portland, ME. I requested participants to share with us some of the archives that they have found particularly valuable and interesting, and I compiled the list that follows. The list focuses on northeastern U.S. sources, which reflects the conference's location. I am hoping that the conversation and resource sharing that began this past weekend can continue here on the Society webpage as well as at our October conference in Philadelphia, and I invite you to share your favorites and to expand the geographical range and institutional scope of this preliminary compilation. Please feel welcome to add entries to this list by sending them to Donna Campbell ( or If you could include a brief annotation and any contact information, that would be very helpful.

All best—

(See also the list of assignments for archives.)
Archival resources for study in American women’s writing (open-source only)

American Antiquarian Society:

Brown University Farnham Archives of Brown and Rhode Island Women:

Brown University Pembroke C enter for Teaching and Research on Women:

Brown University Pembroke Center Archives, Feminist Theory Papers: (Amy Greer, Archivist)

Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation : (Angela Todd, Archivist/Research Scholar:

Hamilton College Library Communal Societies Collection: (Christian Goodwillie, Curator)

Harriet Wilson Project:

Harvard University, Open Collections Program, “Women Working, 1800-1930” (digitized): (Megan Sniffin-Marrinoff, Archivist and Co-Director)

Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America:

Hunt Institute for Botanical Gardens (Collections of Women in the HI Archives)
Contact: Angela Todd []

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine:

Library of Congress American Memory Project (digitized):

Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society:

Maine Women Writers Collection: (Cally Gurley, Curator:

Massachusetts Historical Society:

Museum of Chinese in America:

New England Osteopathic Heritage Center: (Gay Marks, Archivist)

Northeast Historic Film:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection:

Smith College, Sophia Smith Collection of American Women’s History Archives (Director, Sherrill Redmon:

Stanley Museum Archives, Kingfield, ME (for photographer Chansonnetta Stanley): (H. James Merrick, Archivist)

University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Sequoyah Research Center, American Native Press Archives:

University of Maine, Fort Kent, Acadian Archives (on Franco-Americans and Acadians of the upper St. John valley):

University of Maryland Special Collections: (Liz McAllister, Curator of Historical Manuscripts: )

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Women Veterans Historical Collection: (Curator, Beth Ann Koelsch: )

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Special Collections and Rare Books (includes Women’s Collection, which has special strengths in women’s detective fiction, girls’ books, and physical education; and the Children’s Literature Collection): ( Head of Special Collections, William Finley: )

University of Tulsa Special Collections:

University of Wisconsin, Cairns Collection of American Women Writers, 1650-1920 (about 10,000 items): (Susan Barribeau: )

Westbrook College History Collection: (Roberta “Bobby” Gray, Public Services Librarian)

Wheaton College, Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections (for History of Women’s Education, Women in Massachusetts, Family, Children):

Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives: (Mary Caldera, Archivist: )


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