Monday, April 13, 2009

New content in Women and Social Movements

Alexander Street Press has recently announced a new release of the database Women and Social Movements in the United States. The new release brings the collection to over 35,000 documents (nearly 150,000 pages of text) and includes a new interface.

Stanford provides access to the Scholar's Edition of Women and Social Movements. New contentincludes:

Two new document projects (for a total of over 90 projects) are included:

How Did Women’s Antislavery Fiction Contribute to Debates about Gender, Slavery, and Abolition, 1828-1856?, by Holly M. Kent.

How Did American and Japanese Gender Hierarchies Shape Japanese Women’s Participation in the Transnational WCTU Movement in the 1880s?, by Rumi Yasutake.

According to the release from Alexander Street Press,

"Owners of the Scholar’s Edition will also gain access to more than 72,000 pages of additional State Commissions on the Status of Women, as well as the fifth volume of the biographical dictionary, Notable American Women , which is now complete.
This release also introduces “document archives,” which bring additional primary source documents to the collection. Like the document projects which have been in the collection all along, document archives are primary source documents organized by topic. The difference is that the archives contain less scholar commentary and more primary source documents, giving historians and their students the opportunity to form their own interpretation of the sources. In other words, the archives present primary sources without the pedagogical apparatus. Each archive is prefaced by just a brief introductory essay, but no abstract or annotated sources (as users will find in the more scholarly document projects).

The first document archive is featured in this release and was assembled by scholar Jana Brubaker. The archive focuses on Elizabeth Glendower Evans, a noted Boston reformer in the first third of the twentieth century. This archive contains 79 documents."