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Women's studies

A guide to library and archive sources on women's history from the 15th to 20th centuries.

Sources include biographies, newspapers, diaries, children's literature, conduct manuals and fashion journals.


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Bibliographies and reference works

A range of secondary sources on British women's history and writing.

Hester Lynch Piozzi


Accounts of the lives of notable women from the 17th-20th centuries.

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Children's literature

Books and comics from the 19th-20th centuries.

Conduct manual

Conduct, etiquette and advice manuals

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

Memoir of Elizabeth Kenning, with extracts from her remains. Liverpool Female Penitentiary. Ladies' Committee. Liverpool: D. Marples, 1829


Women as victims and perpetrators in books, broadsides and ballads, 18th-20th centuries.


Online resources featuring 12th-20th century primary sources.

Page of Kenning's diary

Diaries and autobiographies

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

University crest


Sources relating to women teachers and girls’ education, 19th-20th centuries.

French fashions


18th-19th century magazines, journals and ballads on fashion and dress.

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Health and medicine

Works on women’s health and medical treatment, 16th-20th centuries.

International affairs

A range of material relating to women's lives around the world, 19th-20th centuries.

Lady's Pictorial

Journals and magazines

Women’s journals and magazines from the 17th-20th centuries.

Literature and journalism

Literary works by female novelists and journalists, 18th-20th centuries.

Morfydd Owen's marriage certificate


Musical scores and papers of women musicians, 18th-20th centuries.

Woman's Dreadnought

Politics, suffrage and the labour movement

Political papers on women’s issues, 19th-20th centuries.

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Books and papers of female travellers, 17th-20th centuries.

Sketch titled 'a sweet girl graduate'

University history

Papers on the history of female students at Cardiff University, 19th-20th centuries.

Women's societies

Women's societies

19th-20th century sources relating to women’s societies.