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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.


Bibliographies and reference works

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


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

Conduct, etiquette and advice manuals

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


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

Diaries and autobiographies

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


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

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.

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.

Politics, suffrage and the labour movement

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


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

Women's societies

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