Women's Studies

Research Source

A breadth of printed and manuscript sources, providing a multitude of perspectives on the changing roles of women in history.

This collection offers access to the works and legacy of many notable and influential women, but also a chance to hear the voices of forgotten and ordinary women.

Highlights include:

  • Papers and rare printed works of important female writers and thinkers
  • Life writing and autobiographies of a range of 18th and 19th century women
  • The papers of Sylvia Pankhurst, suffragette, political activist and campaigner
  • Diaries and correspondence of aristocratic women, giving insights into the social, political and cultural history of rich and powerful women of the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Women’s travel writing - manuscript and printed accounts of women travellers, missionaries, tourists and women living across the British Empire

Key Data

Period Covered

  • c.1740-1960


  • Women’s Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Social History
  • Cultural History
  • Life writing and autobiography
  • Everyday life and domesticity
  • Women’s suffrage
  • Travel writing
  • Empire
  • Education
  • Political activism and campaigning

Material Types

  • Government files
  • Personal writings, diaries and journals
  • Correspondence
  • Rare printed books

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