Everyday Life and Women in America, c.1800-1920

From Duke University and the New York Public Library

An unparalleled resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Outstanding Academic Title 2009

Everyday Life and Women in America, c.1800-1920 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.

Material 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 emphasising contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1800-1920


  • 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

Source Archives

  • The New York Public Library
  • The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Duke University Libraries

Material Types

  • Rare Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Broadsides

Editorial Board

  • Judith Mattson Bean, Texas Woman's University
  • Amy Blair, Marquette University
  • Laura Micham, Duke University
  • Alison Piepmeier, College of Charleston
  • Nancy M. Theriot, University of Louisville


  • Political and Social Issues
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Family
  • Popular Fiction & Sensational Literature
  • Children's Prescriptive Literature
  • Periodicals
  • Women
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Cookery
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Work
  • Farming

Key Features

  • Thematic Areas showcasing some of the collection’s highlights
  • Introductory guide to Town Topics; the periodical Town Topics chronicled the New York social world during the height of the Gilded Age
  • Contextual essays written by leading academics and collection specialists
  • An interactive chronology charting key dates in nineteenth and early twentieth century American history
  • Subject search directories providing key subjects found within the documents


Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

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