Monday, November 19, 2007

The Women Working digital collection

The Women Working digital collection provides digitized books, pamphlets, magazines and photographs documenting the role of women in the US economy between 1800 and the Great Depression. Created by the Open Collections Program at the Harvard University Library, Women Working offers original source material and is a great place to go for information about working conditions, health, social issues, policy and much, much more.

Some examples of material I found while browsing the collection include: the official Girl Scouts handbook (1920); the diary of a farmer (1887); a pamphlet “in favor of female physicians” (1850), and an Abercrombie and Fitch style catalog (1913) from which ladies could order bathing tights.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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