Guide to Women's History Materials
This guide describes manuscript and visual collections in the William H. Smith Memorial Library of the Indiana Historical Society that document experiences of women in Indiana, the Midwest and the Old Northwest Territory.
We have collected women’s history for many years, and in 1986, the Board of Trustees approved women’s history as one of the special collecting areas for the library. At about the same time, we began working with the Indiana Women’s History Archives Inc. (now the Indiana Women’s History Association), an organization founded in 1983. IWHA believed that the recent papers and records of Indiana women and women’s organizations were in danger of being lost for lack of a central repository to house them, and a survey funded by the Lilly Endowment confirmed that belief. Over the last several years, we have expanded our collecting goals in women’s history to include recent materials as well as materials documenting women’s history in the Hoosier state in earlier periods.
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