Bibliography and web sites on Virginia women's history
Ayers, Edward L and Willis John C., eds. The Edge of the South: Life in
Nineteenth-Century Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991.
Ayers, Edward L., Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American
Civil War. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2000.
Comment: A book that connects to the Web site.
Barber, Edna Susan. "'Sisters of the Capital' : White Women in Richmond,
Virginia, 1860-1880. Ph. D. diss., University
of Maryland, 1997.
Berlin, Ira et al., eds. Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About
Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom.
New York: The New Press, W.W. Norton, 1998.
Blesser, Carol, ed. In Joy and in Sorrow: Women, Family, and Marriage in the
Victorian South, 1830-1900. New
York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Brown, Kathleen M., Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs:
Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
Clinton, Catherine and Silber, Nina, eds. Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil
New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Clinton, Catherine. The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the old South.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.
Clinton, Catherine, ed. Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the
Civil War South.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Davis, Angela Yvonne, Women, Race & Class. New York: Vintage Books,
Douglas, Susan J. Where the Girls Are : Growing Up Female with the Mass
New York: Times Books, 1994.
Comment: Not about Virginia, but has great commentary on popular culture and rise of the feminist movement.
Faust, Drew Gilpin. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in
American Civil War Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
Fischer, David Hackett. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Foster, Michele. Black Teachers on Teaching. New York: New Press, W.W.
Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White
Women of the Old South. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Green, Elna C. Southern Strategies: Southern Women and the Woman
Suffrage Question. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd. Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill
World. Chapel Hill: University of North
Carolina Press, 1987.
Halttunen, Karen. Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of
Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1982.
Comment: Not about Virginia, but great discussion of 19th century dress for women.
Jeffrey, Julie Roy. Frontier Women: "Civilizing" the West? 1840-1880.
New York: Hill and Wang, 1998.
Jones, Jacqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and
the Family from Slavery to the Present
New York: Basic Books, 1985.
Lassiter, Matthew and Lewis, Andrew B., eds. The Moderates' Dilemma:
Massive Resistance to School Desegregation
in Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998.
Lebsock, Suzanne. A Share of Honor: Virginia Women, 1600-1945 / essay by
Lebsock; checklist and catalogue entries
by Kym S. Rice for the Virginia Women's Cultural History Project, 1984.
Lebsock, Suzanne. The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a
Southern Town, 1784-1860 New York: Norton, 1985
Morgan, Edmund Sears. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of
New York: Norton, 1995.
Comment: While only indirectly about women, Morgan's description of early Jamestown is excellent.
Norton, Mary Beth. Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the
Forming of American Society.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
Comment: Not focused on Virginia, but has a great account
of the Thomas/Thomasina Hall affair.
Pember, Phoebe Yates. A Southern Woman's Story: Life in Confederate
Richmond, Including Unpublished
Letters Written from the Chimborazo Hospital, ed. Bell IrvinWiley. Wilmington, N.C.: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1991.
Pratt, Robert A. The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond,
Virginia, 1954-1989. Charlottesville:
University Press of Virginia, 1992.
Rountree, Helen C. Pocahontas's People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia
Through Four Centuries. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
Scott, Anne Firor. The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930.
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.
Stevenson, Brenda E. Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the
New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Treadway, Sandra Gioia. Women of Mark: A History of the Women's Club
of Richmond, Virginia, 1894-1994
Richmond, VA: The Library of Virginia, 1995.
Ulrich, Laurel. A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her
New York : Knopf, 1990.
Comment: Not about Virginia, but excellent on women's life and work in frontier Maine.
Varon, Elizabeth R. We Mean to Be Counted: White Women & Politics in
Antebellum Virginia. Chapel Hill: University
of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Wheeler, Marjorie Spruill. New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the
Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Anne Clay Crenshaw and the Women's Suffrage Movement in Virginia
VCU Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, 1999.
National Women's History Project
Official web site of the National Women's History Project: Originator of Women's
History Month. Functions of the N.W.H.P.: Clearinghouse for for U.S. women's history information; Issues a seasonal catalog\
of women's history posters, books and materials.
Army Women's Museum
The Army Women's Museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets historically significant properties related to
service of women across all branches and organizations of the United States Army from inception to present day.
Virginia Foundation for Women
Founded in 1994, the Foundation provides professional and personal support for women.
Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War
The University of Virginia Fine Arts Library, 1997
Internet Women's History Sourcebook
This sourcebook attempts to present online documents and secondary discussions which reflect the various ways of looking
at the history of women within broadly defined historical periods and areas.
American Women's History: A Research Guide
Best source for finding digital collections by topic. Also includes bibliographies and brief reviews of recent books, as well as links
to biographical sources and online journals.
E-Texts and Women's History
Where to find e-texts illuminating women's history.
Multimedia Sites in U.S. Women's History
An excellent, full service website for initatiating research projects.
IAWA International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech
The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985, is a joint program of the College of
Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Virginia Center for Digital History
Alderman Library, University of Virginia