Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DC, Here we come!

We haven't quite packed our bags yet, but we are already getting ready for the 2010 SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. We're excited about our program for the Women's Collections Roundtable, as well as the panel we are sponsoring: Beyond the Ivory Tower: Archival Collaboration, Community Partnerships, and Access Issues in Building Women's Collections. We hope you will attend our roundtable meeting and bring your ideas about programming related to women's collections for the 2011 conference and energy to get involved with WCRT through our leadership or by contributing to our blog.

*Please note updated order of events- presentations from speakers will be first, followed by the business meeting.

Women's Collections Roundtable Meeting Agenda
3:15-5:15pm, August 11, 2010
Washington, DC
Meeting Room: Virginia AB

3:15: Welcome and introductions
Co-Chairs: Danelle Moon and Kelly Wooten; Vice-Chairs: Cassie Schmitt and Meghan Lyon

3:30: Presentations
  • Allida Black, Research Professor of History and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, will speak about her work as the project director of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt, president, Alexander Street Press, will highlight the press's women's history databases

4:30: Business Meeting

  • Report on WCRT Blog- call for submissions
  • Discuss building WCRT membership- recruitment strategies
  • Chicago 2011- Ideas for panels for WCRT endorsement or speakers for our meeting (Proposals due October 1!)- Hidden women’s collections (Newberry Library)?
  • Election of new leadership and discussion of online elections for 2011 (Want to nominate someone, including yourself? Email wcrt.saa at gmail dot com!)
  • Report from SAA 2011 Program Committee Representative
  • Report from SAA Council Liaison
Light refreshments will be served, generously sponsored by Alexander Street Press.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grant Update from San Jose State University

San Jose State University has completed a two-year grant project, funded by the NHPRC, to catalog and process our backlog of university records and manuscript collections. We have posted 73 new collection inventories on the Online Archives of California. Many of the collections document the diverse history of women in the region, including the women who attended the early Normal School from 1862 to early 20th century. Other collections that tie to women's experience include the Glenna Matthews Oral History Collection and the South Bay Second Wave Feminist Oral History Collection.

SJSU also received a detailed processing grant from the NHPRC, which will result in detailed collection inventories for the John C. Gordon Photographic Collection and the Ted Sahl Photographic Collection. Both document local history from the early 20th century to the present. The Sahl collection includes rich photographic essays of the Farm Workers Strikes in California, Anti-Nuclear Protest at Livermore Lab, and the LGBTQ community in San Jose.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Hello All,

Women's History Sources is a collaborative blog that serves as a current awareness tool for anyone who is interested in primary sources at archives, historic sites and museums, and libraries.

The blog will be international in scope. See the "About this Blog" link for more information.

The group of contributors will include a good mix of archivists, historians (faculty and graduate students), curators and librarians.

If you are interested in being a contributor, Contact Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Women's History


Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, is in the process of editing a multi-volume encyclopedia in American women’s history. Going well beyond Notable American Women, this reference work, which will be published by Facts on File, will include not just biographical entries, but will cover organizations, concepts, and ideas central to understanding the history of women in America.

Several hundred entries remain unassigned and we are currently looking for writers for these articles. Unfortunately only a modest honorarium is available. Unassigned entries can be viewed here:

The deadline for this work will be August 10, 2010. If you're
interested in responding, please reply to:

Friday, June 04, 2010

WSAM-International Call for Primary Sources

Thomas Doblin and Kathryn Sklar are looking for resources that they can add to their new Women and Social Movements-International Database. Please contact Tom or Kitty, if you have any sources you can contribute:

For a large digital archive project, “Women and Social Movements, International, 1840-2010,” we seek copies of the following proceedings of meetings of international women’s organizations. The archive will be co-published by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and Alexander Street Press beginning in fall 2010.

The database will eventually include 150,000 pages of primary material related to women and social movements internationally. About 50-60,000 of these pages will consist of lengthy runs of proceedings published by various women’s organizations. We have identified about 600
proceedings of women’s international organizations. Of these we have found copies of about 400 for scanning and inclusion in the database.

These remaining 95 continue to elude us. Can you help us find these rare items in your library or repository? We would be very grateful for any leads you can offer. Thank you in advance.

Tom Dublin & Kitty Sklar, Co-Editors
Women and Social Movements, International, 1840-2010
State Univ. of New York at Binghamton

Please email your response to: tdublin@binghamton.edu