Women’s History Month: Navigating Women’s History at Hornbake

March is Women’s History Month, and for researchers and scholars looking for primary source material on Women’s History, Hornbake Library contains a wealth of information. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has a particularly strong focus on nineteenth-century women, women in the 1970s, women in Maryland politics, women in athletics (university and nationwide), and women in broadcasting.

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Liz Novara, Curator for Historical Manuscripts at SCUA, has recently made available a new LibGuide on Women’s Studies. The LibGuide is a valuable resource to navigate the wide variety of primary and secondary source material available at Hornbake and allows researchers to navigate collections by distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, digitized material, subject areas, and relevant social media posts. Recently, SCUA also acquired a collection of political buttons illustrating key organizations and issues involved in women’s civil rights movements, such as Education, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the American Association for University Women.

Women buttons

This resource is in addition to two additional guides to women’s resources in SCUA: Women in Maryland and Women and the American Civil War. These LibGuides emphasize material available in the University of Maryland Libraries’ collection, but general Internet sources are also included. Hornbake library houses collections from the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and individual papers collections of Maryland women politicians. These collections are especially useful for researchers looking to focus on women’s political and civic activism in Maryland.

Links to LibGuides:

Women’s Studies 

Women in Maryland

Women and the American Civil War 

To find out more information about how SCUA’s collections can help you find out more about Women’s History, email us at AskHornbake@umd.edu.

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