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Guide to sources for women's history and gender studies

Angela Brazil, The Luckiest Girl in the School, 1916


A range of secondary source bibliographies and reference works on British women's history and writing are available in the Arts and Social Studies Library.


Biographies of the lives of women from the 17th-20th centuries.

Children's literature

Gendered books and comics from the 19th-20th centuries.

Conduct manuals

Examples of women's conduct, etiquette and advice manuals from the 17th-19th centuries.


Books, broadsides and ballads relating to women as both victims and perpetrators of crime, 18th-20th centuries.


Online resources featuring primary sources from the 12th-20th centuries.

Diaries and autobiographies

Memoirs, diaries and commonplace books, 17th-20th centuries.


Sources relating to women teachers, and girl's education, 19th-20th centuries.


Journals, magazines and ballads on fashion and dress, 18th-19th centuries.

Health and medicine

Charles Estienne, La dissection des parties du corps humain, 1546

Historical works on women's health and medical treatment, including the history of midwifery, gynaecology and obstetrics; the history of nursing as a profession, including several works by Florence Nightingale; and reports of the Medical Officer for Cardiff, including data on maternity and child welfare. Sources range from the 16th-20th centuries.

International affairs

A range of material relating to women's lives around the world, 19th-20th centuries. Newspapers from Indian women's organisations, Spanish Civil War sources related to women, sources relating to women in Australia, European Union and United Nations reports on women, and papers of female slavery abolitionists.

Journals and magazines

A wide range of women's journals and magazines from the 17th-20th centuries, from society pages to radical suffragette magazines.

Literature and journalism

Literary works by women from the 18th-20th centuries, including the papers of Ann Griffiths (poet), Joan Reeder (journalist), Maria Edgeworth (novelist), Felicia Hemans (poet), Mary Tighe (poet), and Lady Sidney Morgan (novelist). Information on female applicants to the Royal Literary Fund, and women writers published by Longmans. 


Musical scores and papers from Morfydd Llwyn Owen (1891-1918), Grace Williams (1906-1977), and Nancy Storace (1765-1817).


Press cuttings from Welsh newspapers on women's issues, 1989-1995.

Politics, suffrage and the labour movement

Richard Allestree, The ladies calling: In two parts. Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1673

Political papers from the British Labour Party and Newport Labour Party on women's issues; papers of the Labour MPs Ellen Wilkinson and Marion Phillips; the diary of social reformer Beatrice Webb; archives of the Women's Labour League, journals by Sylvia Pankhurst, and a range of suffragette magazines. Sources range from the 19th-20th centuries.


Books by and papers belonging to female travellers, 17th-20th centuries.

University history

Papers relating to the history of female students at Cardiff University and its predecessors, 19th-20th centuries.


Sources on witchcraft and those accused of its practice (commonly women), in Europe and America, 15th-19th centuries.

Women's societies

Sources relating to women's societies, 19th-20th centuries.