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The breadth and depth of the Manuscript Division's holdings preclude compiling an exhaustive list of women's history sources. Instead, the pages listed in the navigator bar on the left attempt to identify the division's major collecting areas and to describe some of the significant women's papers in each category. Many collections could easily have appeared in more than one category, reflective of the many roles and interests of their creators, but such overlap was resisted in favor of highlighting the collection's main emphasis.
Collections of men's papers are also included, but since virtually every collection in the division contains at least some correspondence with women, references to men's papers are generally limited to the most relevant examples within each topic.
When the name of a collection is cited for the first time, it appears in boldface, within corresponding links to the Library of Congress Online Catalog at the end of page under the heading "Manuscript Resources Referenced". Be sure to check the catalog record to find links to additional resources, including finding aids and digital content, when available. When the name of a collection is cited an additional time(s) in the guide, a link is provided to the original page in the guide where the collection appears with a direct link or a linked “(see: [Subject])” reference.
Microfilm editions of original manuscript materials held in other repositories, many of which are now available through the subscription database ProQuest History Vault, are not always described in these topic pages. See the Related Microfilm page of this guide for information. Links to other related resources, including relevant web guides, digital exhibitions, and print material are available on the Electronic Resources page. Suggestions for how to continue a search for related material may be found in the Search Tips page.
In order to make the most effective use of the Manuscript Division's collections, it is helpful before visiting to:
See Visiting the Manuscript Reading Room for information about planning a research visit.