I have no idea if the research-based post I’ve been trying to write for Women’s History Month is actually going to get finished before 31 March. So, here are some resources (all free to access), focusing mostly on primary sources, to help you go write one of your own instead.
Literary historians are often particularly well served online, and there’s a growing range of great online primary source websites for women writers of the period, including:
Women Writers Resource Project, “a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century”.
Four seventeenth-century women poets – texts, bibliographies, biographies and resources for Margaret Cavendish, Aemilia Lanyer, Katherine Philips and Lady Mary Wroth.
British Women Romantic Poets, an “online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women” (written between 1789 and 1832).
Well, there are plenty of crime and legal history sources:
Other social/cultural history highlights include:
The Woman Controversy, early 17th-century pamphlets on women misbehaving (and men misbehaving in womanish ways).
Martha Ballard’s Diary – the diary (over 1400 pages) kept by a late-eighteenth-century midwife and healer in Massachusetts.
Women’s wills – a small collection of Gloucestershire women’s wills.
Also likely to contain material of interest to women’s historians:
That’s just a sample of the best open access sources I’m aware of. If I’ve missed anything you particularly like, just leave a comment with a link (but not for subscription-only resources, please)…