Women's Studies Section

Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
Documenting the American South
Primary Source Types for Women's Studies  TEXT
Diaries / Letters / Personal Papers
Government Documents
Oral Histories
Periodicals - Journals
Broadsides / Posters

Spoken Word Recordings

Subjects for Women's Studies Advice Literature
African American Women
Civil War (United States), 1861-1865
Economic Status
Family Studies
Gender Roles
Labor / Employment
Law / Legal Status / Public Policy
Literature - Fiction
Literature - Poems
Personal Narratives
Social History
Women's Clubs
Women's Rights
Women's Suffrage
World War, 1914-1918
Archive is Ongoing / Completed Ongoing; See New Additions page for updates
Coverage Dates late 18th century - 20th century
Collections Listed in "Description" section below
Publisher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Academic Affairs Library
URL http://docsouth.unc.edu
Date Searched January 2007


Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of primary source materials on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. The collection is based primarily on holdings in libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is organized into ten thematic collections:

Each thematic area includes an introduction which summarizes scope and content for that collection.

Women's Studies Content

Women are well represented in Documenting the American South. Highlights are found in:

  • The Church in the Southern Black Community
    • Slave narratives and observations by other African American writers cover issues of women’s participation in the church, women's contributions through missionary societies, civic work and advocacy, and women’s writings in religious periodicals.

  • First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
    • Women's narratives cover a wide range of experiences/perspectives brought about by the timultuous changes in North Carolina culture, economics, politics, and society during this time period.

  • The North Carolina Experience
    • Resources for education, marriage and gender roles, suffrage, African American women, women’s clubs, and activism

  • North American Slave Narratives
    • Women are well represented in these narratives of fugitive and former slaves

  • The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865
    • Diaries and personal correspondence reflect what life at home was like during the Civil War, particularly increasing work loads and responsibilities for women

  • Oral Histories of the American South
    • Audio files and transcripts of interviews with women, many of whom were political or professional trailblazers


The database uses the Google search engine for searching the collections simultaneously, and there is the option to search several individual collections. Each collection offers various browsing capabilities, and browsing of the author, title, and subject indices is available for the database as a whole.
Truncation yes (automatic)
Boolean yes (AND, NOT, OR)
Phrase Searching yes (" ")
Help Screens/Quality no
Controlled Vocabulary yes (Library of Congress Subject Headings)
Keywords in Context within results list, not within document

Archive Review:
Marcia Barrett
The University of Alabama

Last updated: January 16, 2007

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