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HIS 4378:American Women's History Since 1865: Autobiographies/Biographies

Resources and strategies for discovering and using historical, social, visual, and textual materials to learn about America's women's rights movement.

American National Biography

American National Biography (ANB) is the first place to look for detailed yet brief biographies of deceased Americans.  In addition to the biography itself, the bibliography is useful for directing you to the best first-stop resources and will tell you if and where the person's personal papers and archives exist.  You'll also be directed to any reliable online resouces.  ANB may not be as useful for earlier periods of American history, especially women and minorities. Click on the box below to go to ANB.

"A Visit from the Old Mistress" by Winslow Homer, 1876

The original of this painting is at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

Women's History in ANB

The box below is a link to a selected overview articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History as well biographies of key individuals in women's history from the American National Biography.  A good place to start your research.

Biographies by Occupation or Subject

Since many biographies focus on an individual's influence within his or her profession, don't overlook scholarly encyclopedias such as Oxford Art Online or scholarly reference works on a specific field, like Scribner's Writers.  The information in these sources will likely provide you with a good evaluation of influences on or by your person and will lead you to more specific sources in disciplines you might not be familiar with such as art, literature, science, etc.

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