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Everyday Life and Women in America, c1800-1920

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This collection is an unparalleled resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

It comprises thousands of fully searchable images of rare books, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes.

Everyday Life & Women in America, c1800-1920 is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.


  • Fully-searchable access to 75 rare periodicals ranging from Echoes of the South (Florida) and the Household Magazine (North Carolina) to Lucifer the Lightbearer (Chicago), The Heathen Woman's Friend (Boston) and Women's Work (Georgia).
  • A full run of Town Topics: The Journal of Society from the New York Public Library, 1887-1923, an essential source of articles and commentary on art, music, literature, society, gossip and scandal.
  • Strong coverage of prescriptive literature and manuals for domestic management, telling us much about the organisation of the American home.
  • A rich collection of rare pamphlets.
  • Hundreds of monographs illuminating all aspects of family life.