“Wonder Woman for President–Wonder Woman 1000 Years in the Future!” Wonder Woman no. 7 (Winter 1943).
We’re excited to announce that our research guide, American Women: Resources from the Serial & Government Publications Collections, is now available online! Part of the American Women Series from the Library of Congress, this guide is adapted and expanded from the original print guide American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States (Library of Congress, 2001).
Newspapers, Periodicals, Government Documents, and Comic books are rich resources for the study of women’s history and they document the place of women in society and acknowledge society’s recognition of women as audience and as contributors.
“Round the World with Nellie Bly–The Worlds Globe Circler,” New York World (New York, NY), January 26, 1890, p. 21.
From women as producers of the news to factual (and fictional) representations of women, the resources listed in this guide provide unique insights into women’s history through primary source materials. The guide is organized by type of material: News, Periodicals, Government Publications, and Popular Culture. Some featured sections include:
- Women in the News Business highlights the major contributions of women to the newspaper industry since its beginnings in the United States in the 18th Century and the gradual emergence of women as reporters, columnists, editors, and CEO’s.
Using the Periodical Collections provides helpful search strategies and directions for locating periodicals both by, for, and about women, that are held both in the Serial & Government Publications Division as well as throughout the Library.
Edward Penfield. Harper’s [for] June. 1897. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
- Since 1972, Federal Advisory Committees have produced reports and other materials on women’s issues in the United States, and document their development over time.
- The Library of Congress is a depository library for the United Nations, which has a variety of programs that highlight women’s issues, promote human rights and gender equality, and monitor women’s involvement in economic and social issues around the world. Official UN records, reports, studies, and statistical compendia include a wealth of information about American women, placing them and U.S. policies toward women’s issues within a larger context.
Schutz Group Photographers (Washington, D.C.). “1st International Congress of Working Women called by the National Womens’ Trade Union League of America,” Washington, D.C., October 28, 1919. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.
“Wonder Women of History–Carrie Chapman Catt,” Wonder Woman no. 26 (December 1947).
Comic Books and Pulp Fiction materials offer unique opportunities to consider how women were and are portrayed in some of America’s most popular media. They also provide a record of the changing nature of women artists, editors, publishers, and writers in a historically male dominated field.
We hope this guide is useful to you as you either begin or continue your research using our primary source materials! Questions? Get in touch with us via Ask-a-Librarian anytime or through our chat service Monday – Friday noon-4 p.m. EST.
In honor of Juneteenth, we highlight our Headlines and Heroes blogs focusing on African American history and culture, ranging from a look at fugitive slave ads to our acquisition of a rare comic book series, Negro Romance.
It’s hard to believe that our blog, Headlines and Heroes, is turning two! Since May 4th, 2018 we’ve had a chance to share some of our favorite comic finds, highlights, and the just plain cool with you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them. Although the […]
This piece was co-written by my colleague Megan Halsband. To celebrate the 220th anniversary of its founding, on Friday, April 24, 2020, the Library of Congress is highlighting some of the many gifts and resources we have been able to provide because of your contributions. Your creativity and knowledge help us build our Web Archiving collections […]
Good news everyone – the first webcomics dataset is available here!!! Wait, what? As a part of the Library’s work to explore our web archives, my colleagues at LC Labs and the Web Archiving Team have made a dataset generated from content harvested from the Library of Congress’s web archive of qwantz.com (Dinosaur Comics!). So […]
Events in Rosa Parks’ life are chronicled in newspapers and comic books and reinforce her well-justified iconic status. At times, though, their simplified coverage perpetuates the myth of Parks as the quiet seamstress who was too tired to stand to give up her seat.
Take a look at some of the amazing items that we acquired during 2019! From a 300 year-old newspaper to rare comic books.
Dr. Daniel Peretti, Assistant Professor of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the author of “Superman in Myth and Folklore” (University Press of Mississippi, 2017), as well as other essays on folklore, myth, and popular culture. His current research focuses on Santa Claus, ritual, and the traditions of Christmas. Here Dr. Peretti answers […]
From falling furniture to forest fires, the U.S. government works to get information to citizens on the best ways to be safe and prepared. But in a society with overwhelming amounts of media, how do you get information to the people who need it most? You make it go viral.
The following guest post was also written by Marissa Ball, Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Section in the Researcher and Reference Services Division; Peter Armenti, a reference specialist in the Researcher and Reference Services Division; and Ashley Cuffia, a science reference specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On October 24, 2019, […]