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American Women: Resources from the General Collections

Motherhood & Parenting

Harris & Ewing, photographer. Twins become mothers together for second time in less than two years. Washington, D.C., April 7. 1939. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Books on how to be a good mother are plentiful. These works supply materials for investigating attitudes both historic and contemporary toward women, children, family life, the gendered division of labor, the wage gap, and more. In Advice to a Mother on the Management of Her Children, the popular author Pye Henry Chavasse proclaimed in 1898 that a child “is the source of a mother's greatest and purest enjoyment, that he [sic] is the strongest bond of affection between her and her husband.”

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Below are some Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that will lead to both fiction and non-fiction resources on the topic of motherhood through selected browse searches in the Library of Congress Online Catalog:

Hine, Lewis Wickes. Grandmother and Child Visiting...July 1918. American National Red Cross Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

According to Merriam-Webster, parenting can be defined as
- the raising of a child by its parents
- the act or process of becoming a parent
- the taking care of someone in the manner of a parent

Children are not always cared for by their biological mother or parents. In researching this topic, you will find resources which talk more broadly about parenting, with our without the emphasis on the gender of the parent.

Browse by Subject Heading

Below are some Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that will lead to both fiction and non-fiction resources on the topic of parenting through selected browse searches in the Library of Congress Online Catalog:

The following titles represent resources which may prove useful in your search for information about motherhood and parenting. Each title links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

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