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Hartford History Center Resources: Women's History

Materials available for research

Women's History in Hartford

Original Material

Manuscript Collections

Italian Mothers Club scrapbook, 1931-1966

Italian Mothers Club (Hartford, Conn.)

Call Number 

MS 1931 ITALIAN

 

Business and Professional Women's Club

Business and Professional Women's Club (Hartford, Conn.)

Call Number 

MS 1919 BUSINESS

 

Union for Home Work (Hartford)

Annual reports, constitution and by-laws

1876 – 1882, 1885 – 1887, 1899 – 1917

Call Number

MS 1876 UNION

 

Hartford Woman’s Club (formerly The Motherhood Club)

Annual reports:

1912 – 1922 (The Motherhood Club), 1922 – 1926, 1928 – 1929, 1932 - 1933

Yearbooks: 1938 – 1939, 1940 – 1941, 1967 - 1968

Fiftieth Anniversary publication 1896 – 1946

Call Number

MS 1912 HARTFORD

 

Gwen Reed collection

Call Number 

MS 1936 REED

Pamphlets

Pamphlet Collection

1807 Algar, Elizabeth. Tis All of the Best, Exemplified in the Character of Mrs. Simpson…

1813 Hartford Female Beneficent Society.  The Act of Incorporation and the By-Laws of the Society. Hartford, Hale and Hosmer, 1873.

1813 A Treatise on Unlawfulness of Marrying a Brother’s Wife Together with Remarks on the Marriage of a Wife’s Sister. Peter B Gleason and Co., 1813.

1839 Report on the Proceedings on the Petition of Mrs. Sarah Jarvis, for a Divorce from Her Husband, Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis…before a Committee of the Legislature of Connecticut.

1846 Brace, John P. Lectures to Young Converts Delivered to the Pupils of the Hartford Female Seminary.

1873 Connecticut Industrial School for Girls.  Annual Report, Third.

1884-1886 Woman’s Aid Society of Hartford. Annual Report, 6th – 8th.

1887 The Housekeepers Friend.  J. Mandlebaum and Sons, Fancy and Furnishing Goods.

1889 Connecticut Women’s Temperance Society. Convention. 16th. Proceedings.

1889 Steele’s School for Young Ladies. Catalogue 1889 – 1890.

1890 The Widow’s Home. Hartford.

1893 The Widow’s Society.  Memorial Sketches.

1898 Nott, Samuel. The Widows’ Homes…

1902 Women’s Christian Association (Hartford, Conn.). Annual Report 35th.

1911 Three Plays for the Benefit of the Shelter for Women at Unity Hall

1913-14 Connecticut Congress of Mothers for Child Welfare.  Yearbook, 1913-1914.

1930 Hartford. Girl Scouts…Camp Merritt.

1935 Girls’ Club of the Two Hartfords.  The Glorious Venture.

1935 Hartford Society of Woman Painters.  Annual Exhibition. 7th (Feb. 9-28, 1935).

1971 Polish Women’s Alliance of America.

1973 Women’s Liberation Center, Inc. “Women’s Voice of Greater Hartford, volume 2, number 2, February.

1974 Women’s Legislative Review. Alert, volume 11, no. 2 (April 1974).

1974 Connecticut. Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. Did You Know That…

1974 Hartford College. Counseling Center for Women. Bulletin #3 (winter/spring 1974).

1974 National Secretaries’ Association.  Hartford Chapter. Hart-line. 25th Anniversary, 1949-1974.

1975 Connecticut. Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. Day Care in Connecticut—Problems and Perspectives.

1975-76 Women in Communications, Inc. Directory of Professional Members.

1976 National Organization for Women.  Shoulder to Shoulder…Regional Conference, March 19-21, 1976.

1980 Girl Scouts of America.  Conn. Troup 84. Warburton Community Girl Scout Troup 84 Honors Women Leaders.

Hartford Imprints

Hartford Imprints

 

A Handbook of the Law for the Use of Connecticut Women

Horn, H. Harcourt (Henry Harcourt), 1845-

Call Number 

HI 1928 HORN

Publication Date 

1928

 

Legal Disabilities of Married Women in Connecticut

Hickox, George A.

Call Number 

HI 1871 HICKOX

Publication Date 

1871

 

Woman Physiologically Considered: as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce

Walker, Alexander, 1779-1852.

Call Number 

HI 1854 WALKER

Publication Date 

1854

 

Tales of Woman's Trials

Hall, S. C., Mrs., 1800-1881.

Call Number 

HI 1850 HALL

Publication Date 

1850

 

The Pictorial Book of Anecdotes and Incidents of the War of the Rebellion, Civil, Military, Naval and Domestic: with Famous Words and Deeds of Women, Sanitary and Hospital Scenes, Prison Experiences

Devens, R. M. (Richard Miller)

Call Number 

HI 1866 DEVENS

Publication Date 

1866

 

Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: Comprising the Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battle-fields

Edmonds, S. Emma E. (Sarah Emma Evelyn), 1841-1898, author.

Call Number 

HI 1865 EDMONDS

Publication Date 

1865

 

Women of the War: Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice

Moore, Frank, 1828-1904.

Call Number 

HI 1866 MOORE

Publication Date 

1866

 

My Story of the War: a Woman's Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience as Nurse in the Union Army, and in Relief Work at Home, in Hospitals, Camps, and at the Front During the War of the Rebellion. With Anecdotes, Pathetic Incidents, and Thrilling Reminiscences Portraying the Lights and Shadows of Hospital Life and the Sanitary Service of the War.

Livermore, Mary A. (Mary Ashton), 1820-1905.

Call Number 

HI 1888 LIVERMORE

Publication Date 

1888

 

Darkness and Daylight; or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life. A Woman's Story of Gospel, Temperance, Mission, and Rescue Work...

Campbell, Helen, 1839-1918.

Call Number 

HI 1892 CAMPBELL

Publication Date 

1892

 

Ten Years in Washington: or, Life and Scenes in Our National Capital, as a Woman Sees Them

Clemmer, Mary, 1839-1884.

Call Number 

HI 1882 CLEMMER

Publication Date 

1882

 

The Mormon wife; a Life Story of the Sacrifices, Sorrows and Sufferings of Woman. A Narrative of Many Years' Personal Experience

Ward, Maria.

Call Number 

HI 1873 WARD

Publication Date 

1873

 

My Opinions and Betsey Bobbet's. Designed as a Beacon Light, to Guide Women to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, but Which May be Read by Members of the Sterner Sect, Without Injury to Themselves or the Book

Holley, Marietta, 1836-1926.

Call Number 

HI 1873 HOLLEY

Publication Date 

1873

 

Abby Smith and Her Cows

Smith, Julia E., 1792-1886.

Call Number 

HI 1877 SMITH

Publication Date 

1972,1877

 

Woman on the American Frontier: a Valuable and Authentic History of the Heroism, Adventures, Privations, Captivities, Trials, and Noble Lives and Deaths of the "Pioneer Mothers of the Republic"

Fowler, William Worthington, 1833-1881.

Call Number 

HI 1880 FOWLER

Publication Date 

1880,1876

 

On the State House Steps

Potter, Mary Redfield.

Call Number 

HI 1896 POTTER

Publication Date 

1895-1896

 

History of the Work of Connecticut Women at the Worlds̕ Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.

Connecticut. Board of Lady Managers. World's Columbian Exposition.

Call Number 

HI 1898 CONNECTICUT BOARD OF LADY MANAGE

Publication Date 

1898

 

Our Famous Women; an Authorized Record of the Lives and Deeds of Distinguished American Women of our Times; an Entirely New Work, Full of Romantic Story, Lively Humor, Thrilling Experiences, Tender Pathos, and Brilliant Wit, with Numerous Anecdotes, Incidents, and Personal Reminiscences

Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911.

Call Number 

HI 1884 PHELPS

Publication Date 

1883-1884

 

Letters on Female Character; Addressed to a Young Lady, on the Death of her Mother

Cary, Virginia, 1786-1852.

Call Number 

HI 1831 CARY

Publication Date 

1831

 

The History of Lucy Clare: as Related by a Clergyman, Being Intended for the Use of Young Women

Sherwood, Mary Martha, 1775-1851.

Call Number 

HI 1828 SHERWOOD M

Publication Date 

1828

 

The Friendly Instructor; or, A Companion for Young Ladies, and Young Gentlemen: in Which Their Duty to God and Their Parents, Their Carriage to Superiors and Inferiors, and Several Other Very Useful and Instructive Lessons are Recommended in Plain and Familiar Dialogues

Harrison, Elizabeth, active 1724-1756.

Call Number 

HI 1807 HARRISON

Publication Date 

1807

 

A Mirror for the Female Sex: Historical Beauties for Young Ladies, Intended to Lead the Female Mind to the Love and Practice of Moral Goodness: Designed Principally for the Use of Ladies' Schools

Pilkington, Mrs. (Mary), 1766-1839.

Call Number 

HI 1799 PILKINGTON

Publication Date 

1799

 

Letters to a Young Lady, on a Variety of Useful and Interesting Subjects: Calculated to Improve the Heart, to Form the Manners, and Enlighten the Understanding. "That our Daughters May be as Polished Corners of the Temple."

Bennett, John.

Call Number 

HI 1792 BENNETT

Publication Date 

1791

 

American Cookery: or, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, & Vegetables: and the Best Modes of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards & Preserves: and all Kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to Plain Cake: Adapted to this Country, & all Grades of Life

Simmons, Amelia.

Call Number 

HI 1937 SIMMONS

Publication Date 

1937

 

Homemaker's Guide, with Selected Recipes

America, Mrs., pseud.

Call Number 

HI 1954 AMERICA

Publication Date 

1954

 

Choice Receipts, Selected from the Best Manuscript Authorities…Published for the Benefit of Christ Church Fair

Call Number

HI 1872 CHOICE

Publication Date

1872

Vertical Files

Hartford History Center Vertical Files

Information about women and women’s history can be found under the following subject headings:

Arts & Entertainment

Authors/Literary

Biography

Business

Civic Organizations

Demographics

Education

Government

Government Services

Health & Medicine

History

Media

Neighborhoods

Religion and Churches

Social Issues & Organizations

Societies and Clubs

 

Audio Visual

Last of the Red Hot Mommas

Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966.

Call Number 

JAZZ VOCALS-T

Format: 

Audio disc

Publication Date 

1998

 

Sophie Tucker: Her Greatest Spicy Saucy Songs

Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966

Call Number 

AV 19UU TUCKER

Publication Date 

1956

 

Courageous Connections: Girls, Women, and Education

Debold, Elizabeth.

Call Number 

VIDEO - WOMEN'S INTEREST/C

Published Books

Books

His religion and Hers: a Study of the Faith of our Fathers and the Work of our Mothers

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935.

Call Number 

HQ1221 .G53 1926 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1976, 1923

 

Conversing with our International Visitors: Proceedings of the Seminar to Discuss Some Aspects of American Life ... Held at Storrs, Connecticut June 22, 23, 24, 1966

Woodhouse, Chase Going, 1890-1984.

Call Number 

E169.1 .C76

Publication Date 

1966

Matched words

Service Bureau for Women's Organizations.

 

In Memoriam: Alice Miller: Born February 12, 1846. Died January 24, 1916.

C. G. F. G.

Call Number 

CT226.5 .I6

Publication Date 

1942

 

The Character of a Virtuous and Good Woman: a Discourse, Delivered by the Desire and in the Presence of the Female Beneficent Society, in Hartford, October 4th, A.D. 1809

Strong, Nathan, 1748-1816.

Call Number 

BV4309 .S87 C52

Publication Date 

1809

 

Catalog of the Lorenz Collection of World War Autographs, Comprising Original Signed Photographs and Letters Contributed by Men and Women Who Were Active in the Great War ...

Lorenz, William Albert.

Call Number 

D503 .L871 1921 HCOLL OVERSIZE

Publication Date 

1921

 

Ready Reference: Published by Nathaniel Lyon Woman's Relief Corps No. 2, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic.

Woman's Relief Corps (U.S.). Nathaniel Lyon Corps No. 2 (Hartford, Conn.)

Call Number 

RC86 .W8

Publication Date 

1907

 

100 of the Best Recipes of the Women's Auxiliary

Hartford Hospital. Women's Auxiliary.

Call Number 

TX715 .H37

Publication Date 

1954

 

Personal Recipes

Baptist Church (Hartford, Conn.). Woman's Society.

Call Number 

TX715 .B27

Publication Date 

1954

 

Hartford Election Cake and Other Receipts: Chiefly from Manuscript Sources

Johnson, Ellen Wadsworth, -1896.

Call Number 

TX715 .J6

Publication Date 

1889

 

Sister Dora Cook Book: Containing More than Four Hundred Tested Receipts from our Best Housekeepers

Sister Dora Society (Hartford, Conn.)

Call Number 

TX715 .S52

Publication Date 

1886

 

Miss Beecher's Housekeeper and Healthkeeper: Containing Five Hundred Recipes for Economical and Healthful Cooking; also, Many Directions for Securing Health and Happiness...

Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878.

Call Number 

TX145 .B42

Publication Date 

1874

 

The American Woman's Home, or, Principles of Domestic Science: Being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful and Christian Homes

Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878.

Call Number 

TX145 .B415

Publication Date 

1869

 

Catharine Esther Beecher (Pioneer Educator)

Harveson, Mae Elizabeth, 1895-

Call Number 

LA2317 .B35 H3 1969 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1969,1932

 

Forerunner

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 editor.

Call Number 

HQ1101 .F6 1968 HCOLL VOL.1-7

Publication Date 1909-1916

 

Building Domestic Liberty: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Architectural Feminism

Allen, Polly Wynn, 1936-

Call Number 

PS1744 .G57 Z54

Publication Date 

1988

 

Letters to Young Ladies

Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Huntley) 1791-1865.

Call Number 

LC1441 .S6 1833 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1833

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Woman Crusader

Rouverol, Jean.

Call Number 

B STO

Publication Date 

1968

 

The Mystic Key: or, The Asylum Secret Unlocked

Packard, E. P. W. (Elizabeth Parsons Ware), 1816-1897.

Call Number 

HQ1001 .P23 A3 1882

Publication Date 

1882

 

Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South

Valk, Anne M., 1964-

Call Number 

E185.61 .V35 2010

Publication Date 

2010

 

Women and Children First: the Horrible Hartford Circus Fire

Roy, Donald H.

Call Number 

F104 .H3 R69 2008

Publication Date 

2008

 

Beyond the Narrow Gate: the Journey of Four Chinese Women from the Middle Kingdom to Middle America

Chang, Leslie.

Call Number 

E184.C5 C445 1999 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1999

 

The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life: the Smiths--Abolitionists, Suffragists, Bible Translators

Housley, Kathleen L.

Call Number 

F104 .G5 H68

Publication Date 

1993

 

The Book of Women's Firsts: Break-through Achievements of Almost 1,000 American Women

Read, Phyllis J.

Call Number 

CT3260 .R428 REF J

Publication Date 

1992

 

Ella Tambussi Grasso: From Daughter of Emigrants to First Woman Governor of an American State

Serpa, Marcella.

Call Number 

F101.3 .G73 S47 2009

Publication Date 

2009

 

A Woman in Business: the Life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach

Hale, Virginia.

Call Number 

HC102.5 .A8 H34 2008

Publication Date 

2008

 

Crooked Road Straight: the Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan

Brown, Tina A.

Call Number 

RA644 .A25 B77 2008

Publication Date 

2008

 

Anna: a Woman of Spirit: the Life & Writings of Anna Howard Poole Swett, 1883-1962

Swett, Steven C.

Call Number 

CT275 .S9865 S94 2000

Publication Date 

2000

 

Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868

Primus, Rebecca, 1836-1932.

Call Number 

F189.R69 P75 1999 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1999

 

Connecticut Speaks for Itself: Firsthand Accounts of Life in the Nutmeg State from Colonial Times to the Present Day

Shuldiner, David Philip.

Call Number 

F94 .C775 1996 OVERSIZE HCOLL

Publication Date 

1996

 

Tempest-Tossed: the Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker

Campbell, Susan, 1959-

Call Number 

HQ1413 .H65 C36 2013

Publication Date 

2014

 

Connecticut Witch Trials: the First Panic in the New World

Boynton, Cynthia Wolfe, author.

Call Number 

KFC3678.8 .W5 B69 2014

Publication Date 

2014

 

A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies: Stories of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Connecticut

Thornton, Steve (Union organizer)

Call Number 

HD8083 .C6 T46 2013

Publication Date 

2013

 

The Status of Women in Connecticut: Politics, Economics, Health, Demographics

Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Call Number 

HQ1438.C8 S73 1998 HCOLL REF

Publication Date 

1998

 

Coming of Age: Four Centuries of Connecticut Women and Their Choices

Moynihan, Ruth Barnes.

Call Number 

HQ1438.C8 M6 1991 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1991

 

The Limits of Sisterhood: the Beecher Sisters on Women's Rights and Woman's Sphere

Boydston, Jeanne.

Call Number 

HQ1236.5 .U6 B69

Publication Date 

1988

 

Black Women of Connecticut: Achievements Against the Odds

McCain, Diana.

Call Number 

E185.93 .C7 B52 1984

Publication Date 

1984

 

African American Connecticut explored

Normen, Elizabeth J.

Call Number 

E185.93 .C7 A47 2013

Publication Date 

2013

 

Women and Economics: a Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935.

Call Number 

HQ1413 .G54 1935 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1966

 

Lives of Celebrated Women

Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860.

Call Number 

CT3202 .G88

Publication Date 

1854, 1852,1844

 

Remarkable Women of Hartford

Boynton, Cynthia Wolfe, author.

Call Number 

F104 .H3 B69 2014

Publication Date 

2014

 

Great Women in Connecticut History

Connecticut. Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

Call Number 

CT3260 .C8

Publication Date 

1986

 

Facts About the Status of Women in Connecticut

Connecticut. Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

Call Number 

HQ1438 .C8 C65

Publication Date 

1996-2019,1990-2019

 

Sophie: the Sophie Tucker Story

Freedland, Michael, 1934-

Call Number 

ML420 .T89 F7

Publication Date 

1978

 

Some of These Days; the Autobiography of Sophie Tucker

Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966.

Call Number 

PN1967 .T9 1945 HCOLL

Publication Date 

1945

 

Red Hot Mama: the Life of Sophie Tucker

Sklaroff, Lauren Rebecca, author.

Call Number 

ML420.T89 S55 2018

Publication Date 

2018