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Use the resources below in tandem with the resources provided on the other pages (tabs) of this History guide to research women in American history. You may also want to consult the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Guide.

Biographical Dictionaries

Primary Source Content Examples

The Mansfield Library owns thousands and thousands of books, ebooks, serials (journals, magazines, etc.) and microfilm that contain primary source content, including transcriptions or reproductions of personal papers (such as letters and diaries) to support researching women's history in America. You can find these using OneSearch, and examples are below.



Archival Resources

Select the "Archives and Special Collections" tab at the top of the page to find further information on UM and other archival collections.

University of Montana Archives and Special Collections

Women in Montana

Archives and Special Collections has many manuscript collections, oral histories, and photography collections created by or related to women in Montana and Missoula, in particular. Writers, professors, politicians, wives, teachers, ranchers, doctors, conservationists, mothers, poets, students, historians, pioneers, smokejumpers, postmasters, activists, and a filmmaker are all represented in the records. There are also collections created by women’s social and civic organizations and materials generated by various University of Montana women’s clubs and departments founded by or directed toward women.

Oral Histories

Interview project topics include: women and feminists in Montana; forestry, land use and conservation, and the environment; Montana politics and politicians; smokejumping; homesteading and fur trapping in Montana; and University of Montana history. The majority of our oral history interviews can be found searching OneSearch (use "oral history" as one of your search terms).



History 371 & 471 Student Sample Papers

HSTA 371

HSTA 471


Select the other tabs at the top of the page (e.g., Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, U.S. and Canadian History) for further database recommendations.


Journals published by state historical societies often contain transcripts of primary source accounts of individuals lives in, and activities of, that state. Below are some examples.

Web Resources

Be sure to look at resources provided on the "Primary Sources" tab linked above, in addition to the resources below.

Civil Rights