Digital Collections

Here we introduce you to a selection of online sources and digital collections dealing with transatlantic cultural history. All collections are free of charge. We do not take responsibility for the contents of external websites.

Collections regarding Gender and Women's History



Women in Civil War


  • Documenting the American South – First Person Narratives: hat viele Tagebücher von Südstaaten Frauen wie beispielsweise Mary Boykin Chesnut oder Virginia Clay 

Man kann die Seite auch thematisch durchsuchen und sie haben sehr viele Dokumente (nach Staat und Thema aufgeschlüssselt) zu Frauen in den Südstaaten z.B. Harriet A. Jacobs (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897 and Lydia Maria Francis Child, 1802-1880, edited by Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself. 


  • Clara Barton Papers

“The papers of nurse, educator, philanthropist, and lecturer Clara Barton (1821-1912) consist of 62,000 items (81,608 images), most of which were digitized from 123 reels of previously produced microfilm. Spanning the years 1805-1958, with the bulk dating from 1861 to 1912, the collection contains correspondence, diaries and journals, reports, addresses, legal and financial papers, organizational records, lectures, writings, scrapbooks, biographical material, printed matter, memorabilia, and other papers.  They relate primarily to Barton's work providing relief services during the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War in Europe, her founding in 1881 and subsequent leadership of the American National Red Cross, and her establishment in 1905 of the National First Aid Association of America. In addition to her roles as "Angel of the Battlefield" and Red Cross founder, the papers also reflect to a lesser degree Barton's work as a teacher in Massachusetts and later at one of the first public schools in New Jersey, as a government clerk and one of the first female federal employees, as the director of a woman's prison, and as an advocate for women's suffrage and other progressive causes.” 



Women's history in the USA


  • National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection

“The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection is a library of nearly 800 books and pamphlets documenting the suffrage campaign that were collected between 1890 and 1938 by members of NAWSA and donated to the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress on November 1, 1938. The bulk of the collection is derived from the library of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of NAWSA from 1900-1904, and again from 1915-1920. Additional materials were donated to the NAWSA Collection from the libraries of other members and officers, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. Livermore.” 


  • Mary Church Terrell Papers

“The papers of educator, lecturer, suffragist, and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) consist of approximately 13,000 documents, comprising 25,323 images, all of which were digitized from 34 reels of previously produced microfilm.  Spanning the years 1851 to 1962, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1886-1954, the collection contains diaries, correspondence, printed matter, clippings, and speeches and writings, primarily focusing on Terrell's career as an advocate of women's rights and equal treatment of African Americans. […] Terrell was one of the founders in 1896 and the first president of the National Association of Colored Women.  Among the groups featured in the Correspondence series in the papers are the National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman's Party, and International League for Peace and Freedom.  Her Progressive Era involvement with moral and educational issues is illustrated in records from the National and International Purity Conferences she attended and in correspondence concerning her participation in programs on behalf of the YWCA and the War Camp Community Service in World War I.  Documented in correspondence and clippings files are her two terms on the District of Columbia School Board.  As the first black woman on the board, she was the recipient of revealing letters from school officials and others on the problems of an urban, segregated school system.” 


  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers


“The papers of suffragist, reformer, and feminist theorist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) cover the years 1814 to 1946, with most of the material concentrated between 1840 and 1902. Consisting of approximately 1,000 items (4,164 images), reproduced on five reels of recently digitized microfilm, the collection contains correspondence, speeches, articles, drafts of books, scrapbooks, and printed matter relating to Stanton and the woman's rights movement. Documented are her efforts on behalf of women's legal status and women's suffrage, the abolition of slavery, rights for African Americans following the Civil War, temperance, and other nineteenth-century social reform movements. Highlights of the collection include an official report and contemporary newspaper clippings relating to the historic 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, New York; drafts of Stanton's memoirs Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences, 1815-1897; and a draft of her controversial The Woman's Bible, which nearly splintered the suffrage movement when published in 1895.” 


  • Women Working, 1800-1930 An exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression 


  • African American Women (includes letters written by slaves)