Participating Libraries

 

Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke University Libraries

The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture is a broad-based women’s history archives and library and is an integral part of Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library. Notable collections include Southern women, girl culture, domestic culture, women authors and publishers, lay and ordained church women, women artists, the history of feminist theory and activism, women's sexuality and gender expression, and women of colour:

  • Women in the American South from the 18th century to the present 
  • Women's political activities: especially women's organizational activities in the South from the 19th century to the present, and local and national feminist activism from the 1960s to the present
  • Women’s sexuality, gender identity, and expression
  • Women and religion: especially in Protestant churches and specifically in Methodist churches
  • Women artists including an extensive collection of artist’s books by women
  • Girl culture including extensive collections of zines by girls (and women)
  • Literary women including the records of publishers as well as the published works and papers of writers such as Anne Tyler, Josephine Humphreys, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, Susan Ketchin, Mab Segrest, Peggy Payne, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Kathy Acker and numerous others
  • Women's work in industry as documented in company records: especially textile mills in the South, and in the organizational records of the CIO, the Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth, and the Southeast Women's Employment Coalition
  • Women's domestic and social life: especially in the rural and urban South, includes a wide range of prescriptive literature, personal diaries and letters, and family papers
  • Women's education, primarily in the 19th and early 20th century South. 

The depth and breadth of manuscripts materials relating to women and gender are reflected in Guides to Women’s Studies Resources. More specific subject areas such as the Women's Movement, Civil War women, sexuality, and women and education are highlighted in these guides.

 

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library ranks alongside the British Library, Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque nationale de France as one of the world’s greatest libraries. The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. The four research libraries are the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, The New York Public Library for Performing Arts, the Science, Industry & Business Library, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The inclusion of Town Topics in the Everyday Life collection is possible through the generous participation of The New York Public Library, which owns an extensive run of this rare but important periodical. The periodical Town Topics chronicled the New York social world during the height of the Gilded Age, and it figures (both under its own name and under vaguely disguised titles) prominently in the fiction of numerous New York writers, such as Edith Wharton. Town Topics was both the public face (sometimes invited, often disdained) of the elite set and, more distressingly, as a “how-to” manual for the nouveaux riches, and as such may be studied not only as a mirror of society but as an aspirational “how-to” manual for the newly wealthy or the striving middle-class of the industrial era.  Alongside the domestic help manuals and periodicals in the Everyday Life collection, Town Topics offers a glimpse of a world that lay beyond the middle-class home, but that was always implicitly referenced in domesticity’s attempts to escape the market or increasingly by the end of the century to co-opt the market.