Alexandria Library, Special Collections: Guide to Women's History Resources: Other Materials

Other Materials

Davis Collection 41 VF People-Groups 1991-1 VF People-Smith
Manuscript Materials   ||   Photographs   ||   Vertical Files   ||   Web Resources

For other manuscript materials relating to women, please see the March 1991 Fireside Sentinel article "Women's History at Lloyd House" or our Archive and Manuscript Collections Index.

Alexandria Antique Arts Association Collection   Minutes, membership rosters, newsletters and clippings about the club, which was founded in 1971 by Orva Heissenbuttel.   Box 134
Beverly Hills Women's Club Papers   Account books, yearbooks, guestbooks, correspondence, minutes and by-laws.   Box 298
Boush/Asher Family papers   Among other things, this collection includes correspondence between Nathalie Boush Asher and her husband G. Gordon Asher during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.   Box 234
James S. Hallowell Collection   Includes regulations and catalogs from the Alexandria Female Seminary, which was founded by Hallowell and in operation between 1848 and 1860. Also contains an 1863 diary kept by Mary Hallowell.   Box 132
Ramsay Papers   Includes diaries kept by Rebecca Ramsay Reese, 1927 - 1954.   Box 12
Vertical Files   These files, which are made up of individual items that are not part of a larger collection, include several items of interest. Some subject headings to try are Diaries, Organizations and Schools, among others.   Boxes 240- 240A
Voter Registration Books   Voter registrations for white and African-American women covering the 1920s through the 1950s. Portions of the registrations are also available on microfilm (MF 00431).   Box 105A-105M

Special Collections has over 10,000 photographs, many of which depict women. Many of the collections have been indexed by subject; good headings to check include People, Children, Festivals, Holidays, and Recreation. Individual collections that contain many pictures of women include the Tisara Collection, the Society of the Lees of Virginia Collection, and the Green-Cummings Collection. View our Photo of the Month exhibit and our Photographs Collection Index to look at photos online.


Many of our vertical files, which are collections of pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other ephemeral material about commonly-researched topics, have information relating to the study of women's history. Some of the relevant topics are listed below; when visting the library, ask to see the topic index.

Biography-Brent, Margaret
Biography-Custis, Eliza Parke
Biography-Lee, Anne Hill Carter
Hospitals (including School of Nursing and Hospital Auxiliary)
League of Women Voters
Orphan Asylum and Female Free School
Red Cross
Salvation Army
Slavery-Slave Pen
American Women's History: A Research Guide
Excellent resource, with many links to women's history sources all over the Web.
Arlington County Department of Libraries: Subject Guide: Women
Describes archival materials available on women's history in Arlington.
H-SAWH Discussion Network: Women and Gender in the U.S. South
A discussion group sponsored by the Southern Association for Women Historians and H-Net, a site supporting humanities and the social sciences. The site contains an archives of the group's discussion list, reviews of relevant books, and other information.
H-Women Discussion Network
Also sponsored by H-Net, the H-Women site focuses on women's history in general. In addition to discussion logs and reviews, the site contains bibliographies, a list of syllabi and dissertations, and a list of manuscript resources.
National Women's History Project
An organization that provides teachers and parents with educational materials relating to women's history. The site has resources and suggestions for teaching women's history, as well as links to information about notable women.
Virginia Tech Women's History Guide
A list of manuscript collections relating to women which are held by the Special Collections Department at Virginia Tech.

Last Modified: Tuesday, 03-Jul-2001