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Women's History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The SCRC invites you to explore manuscripts, university archives, rare books, and artifacts related to women and to engage with the achievements, struggles, and representations of women throughout history.

Social Movements

Abolitionist Movement

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Search the SCRC's Collection Guides database for more manuscript and university archives collections related to women's involvement in the Abolitionist Movement. Some suggested subject headings include:

Women's Suffrage

Color postcard illustrating a woman dressed and ready to leave the house as her husband holds and cares for two crying babies. A sign on the wall reads, "Votes for Women."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One postcard depicts a reversal of traditional gender roles at home, a common anxiety evoked in this collection.

 

Paper broadside advertising School Bond Election, Tuesday, October 19. The broadside outlines the proposed budget for a school waiting to be built on the Williamsburg Palace Green. Broadside also announces that this is the first Williamsburg election in which women can vote. Signed by City Council Chairman, School Superintendent, and a school board member.

"This is the first election in which the women of Williamsburg will have the suffrage," this 1920 broadside reads.

 

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Search the SCRC's Collection Guides database for more manuscript and university archives collections related to women's involvement in the Temperance Movement. Some suggested subject headings include:

Temperance Movement

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Search the SCRC's Collection Guides database for more manuscript and university archives collections related to women's involvement in the Temperance Movement. Some suggested subject headings include:

 

Civil Rights Movement

Medallions from the Independent Order of Saint Luke, featuring portraits of Maggie L. Walker and Mary Prout.

Medallions (Farrar Family Papers) from Independent Order of Saint Luke, featuring portraits of Maggie L. Walker (left) and Mary Prout (right).

 

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Search the SCRC's Collection Guides database for more manuscript and university archives collections related to the Civil Rights Movement. Suggested search keywords include:

  • "Civil Rights"
  • "Southern Christian Leadership Conference"
  • "African Americans" + "segregation"

LGBTQ+ Rights

Quotes attributed to and illustrations of Audre Lorde. Selections from The Life and Times of Butch Dykes, a contemporary zine.

Excerpts from Issue 1, Volume 5 of The life and times of butch dykes, highlighting the life and legacy of poet and activist Audre Lorde.

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Search the SCRC's Collection Guides database for more manuscript and university archives collections related to women's involvement in movements for LGBTQ+ rights. Suggested subject headings include: