This discussion of the division's resources centers around seven areas of strength both in the Library's rare collections and for many aspects of women's history. These topics are linked below and in the menu on the left. Each sectionwill guide you through the collections, offer examples of what a reader will find there, and point out what is unique in our holdings.
- Domestic Sphere includes women's domestic and family roles, including cooking, child-rearing, and medicine are documented in books, magazines and newspapers published for women, and the extensive children's book collection.
- Religion and Spirituality can be studied in many early imprints, including sermons and captivity narratives.
- Reform Efforts for which the Library's collections are particularly strong in abolition and suffrage.
- Newspapers, Scrapbooks, Pamphlets & Other Ephemera as collected by and about women.
- Women in Popular Culture is documented as both creators and subjects of mass culture.
- Collections Formed by Women as collectors of traditional rare book collections, including Americana and cookery, as well as compilers of more humble scrapbooks.
- Literary works