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The Washington College of Law (WCL) was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett. WCL was incorporated in 1898 and merged with American University in 1949. WCL was the first law school founded by women for women. Ellen Spencer Mussey was the first woman dean of a law school.

The Washington College of Law Historical Collection from the Pence Law Library contains class schedules, correspondence, newspapers, programs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks documenting its history from 1851-1960. In addition, there are materials relating to the 1902 Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic in Washington, D.C., Kappa Beta Pi (a legal sorority), and WCL founder, Ellen Spencer Mussey, and her family. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs, and programs featuring alumni, students, and events. (description excerpted from site)


The archivists at Rutgers University have begun to digitize and edit the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who were the foremost advocates of women’s suffrage (right to vote) in the United States. This digital collection is a work in progress with a relatively limited selection of documents and texts. But as they work, the project’s creators have also provided some insight into the process of documentary editing. Users will likely come away with a great deal of knowledge about how such a collection is chosen, edited, and presented.

This digital collection highlights the history of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1850 as the first medical school for women. The collection includes personal writings, publications, and images on a wide array of subjects such as campus life, race relations, public health, and war.

This project provides access to a variety of sources on the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 70s, in general, and documents the activities of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, in particular.

This collection highlights the experiences and contributions of eight women activists of the twentieth century. The social movements in which they engaged range from feminism to peace to civil rights.

This digital project consists of 38 interviews with individuals engaged in the fields of population planning and reproductive health. Reflecting a variety of professional and national perspectives, the project explores major trends in the field from 1965-2005.

This digital collection provides full-text versions of several key literary works by African-American women writers of the nineteenth century. The works include fiction, poetry, and biographies.

This collection focuses on women’s contributions to the American economy from 1800-1930. The collection covers a diverse group of women and documents their engagement in a variety of occupations from agriculture to domestic labor to the professions of law and medicine.

This digital project highlights selections from the personal papers of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The collection presently includes selected articles, columns, correspondence, and speeches.

This digital project highlights the experiences of women during the American Civil War. Offering diaries, correspondence, photographs, and prints, the collection has especially good coverage of southern women.

This digital project focuses on the Women’s Liberation Movement of the mid-twentieth century. It provides access to sources on a variety of topics related to feminist activism, and source types range from theoretical writings to minutes from grass roots meetings.

This collection traces the history of home economics from the middle of the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth, providing full-text versions of relevant books and journals on the subject.


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