Finding Printed Sources


Autobiography, diaries, etc.


Kaplan, Louis, James Tyler Cook, Clinton E. Colby, and Daniel Carl Haskell. A Bibliography of American Autobiographies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1961. xii, 372 p.; 25 cm. [Baker Business: Z1224.K3; Schlesinger: Ref. 016.92 K17b; Widener: RR 1712.6]

American Autobiography, 1945-1980: A Bibliography. Barbara Tobias, Mary Louise Briscoe, Lynn Z. Bloom, editors. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982. xiv, 365 p.; 29 cm. [Continues Kaplan (above).] [Schlesinger: Ref. 016.92 B85a; Widener: RR 1712.6.4]

Arksey, Laura, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed. American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals. 1st ed. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research, c1983-c1987. 2 v.; 29 cm. [v. 1=Diaries written from 1492 to 1844; v. 2=Diaries written from 1845 to 1980. Expansion and revision of a work by William Matthews: American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of American Diaries Written Prior to the Year 1861. Includes extracts published in magazines as well as books.]

Goodfriend, Joyce D.The Published Diaries and Letters of American Women: An Annotated Bibliography. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, c1987. xiv, 230 p.; 24 cm. (G.K. Hall women's studies publications) [In chronological order with a name index. Most of the diaries are also found in Arksey (above), but this includes letters.]

First Person Female American: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Autobiographies of American Women Living after 1950. Ernest L. Rhodes, Carolyn H. Rhodes, Mary Louise Briscoe, editors. Troy, N.Y.: Whitston Pub. Co., 1980. xlix, 404 p.; 24 cm. (American notes & queries supplement; v. 2) [Schlesinger: Ref. 016.92 R47f; Widener: WID-LC HQ1412.Z99 F57 x]

Davis, Gwenn, and Beverly A. Joyce. Personal Writings by Women to 1900: A Bibliography of American and British Writers. London; New York: Mansell, 1989. xx, 294 p.; 26 cm. (Bibliographies of writings by American and British women to 1900; v. 1) [Widener: RR 1712.10]



Davis, Gwenn, and Beverly A. Joyce. Personal Writings by Women to 1900: A Bibliography of American and British Writers. 1st University of Oklahoma Press ed. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. xx, 294 p.; 25 cm. ["First published in Great Britain by Mansell Publishing Limited ... London."] [Schlesinger: Ref. 016.82 D261p]

Addis, Patricia K. Through a Woman's I: An Annotated Bibliography of American Women's Autobiographical Writings, 1946-1976. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. xiv, 607 p.; 23 cm. [Ref. Z7963.B6 A32 1983]

Cline, Cheryl. Women's Diaries, Journals, and Letters: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1989. xxxviii, 716 p.; 23 cm. (Garland reference library of the humanities; vol. 780) [The annotations are often very brief and the topical index is not easy to use; use the name index to find materials.] [Schlesinger: Ref. 016.92 C641w; Widener: WID-LC CT3230.Z99 C55x 1989]



North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950. [The current release 1 includes documents to 1920. When completed (summer 2002), the NAWLD will include the writings of some 1,500 women represented in approximately 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries, and some 4,000 pages of previously unpublished materials.] Harvard Library E-Resource.


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Early American Imprints, Series I: 1639-1800 [This resource is based on the microform collection of books, pamphlets, and broadsides issued in America from 1639 to 1800, recorded in Charles Evans's American Bibliography and Roger P. Bristol's Supplement to Charles Evans' American Bibliography, which includes material on virtually every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America. If a printed work was published in the United States (or deals with the U.S. and was printed in another country, this is the place to look for it.] Harvard E-Resource.

Early American Imprints, Series II: 1801-1819 [This resource provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first 19 years of the nineteenth century.] Harvard E-Resource.

Google Book Search [This version of Google Book Search allows users to search the full text of all books available in Google Book Search (whether contributed by Harvard, another library, or the publisher), with a Find at Harvard University link displayed on every item in a search result set.]

Making of America [A digital text project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This site is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th-century imprints.]