This list of full text historical databases includes digitized books, manuscripts, journal content, and archives (often in the same database). Often content spans centuries so titles are listed in alphabetical order.
Includes primary sources for the study of gender history, women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and the men’s movement. Highlights include:
Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945This link opens in a new
Covers years 1543-1945, bulk is 1880-1920. The collection is especially rich in women's journals, scholarly medical and sociological studies, and housekeeping and advice manuals. The journals of the suffrage era are a particular strength.
Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH)
HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines published between 1850 and 1950.
"Independent Voices chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. Consolidated for the first time, Independent Voices provides over 1,000 titles from the special collections of dozens of libraries. Independent Voices provides easy access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more."
Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700
Complete facsimile images of over 230 manuscripts written or compiled by women living in the British Isles during the 16th and 17th centuries. Contents include account books, advice, culinary writing, meditation, travel writing, and verse. Perdita manuscripts can be indexed by name, place, genre, and first lines of both poetry and prose
Twentieth Century Advice Literature : North American Guides on Race, Sex, Gender, and the Family
Brings together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century.
Witchcraft in Europe and AmericaA comprehensive collection offering a wide range of writings on the subject of witchcraft. The majority of texts are in Latin, English and German, although there are also selected items in French, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch and Spanish. Dates span 1500 to 1930.