Women's Studies Section
Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
|New Deal Network|
Primary Source Types for Women's Studies
|Interviews / Press Conferences / Speeches|
|Periodicals - Journals|
Broadsides / Posters
Subjects for Women's Studies
|African American Women|
|Birth Control / Reproductive Rights|
|Labor / Employment|
|Law / Legal Status / Public Policy|
|Politics and Government|
|World War, 1939-1945|
Archive is Ongoing / Completed
|Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute|
Sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute,
the New Deal Network covers the public works and arts projects
of the New Deal and the Great Depression of the 1930s. This site contains
some 20,000 items, mostly primary source materials, gathered from the
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, the National Archives and
Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and other sources. The
majority of materials are found in the
New Deal Document Library and the New
Deal Photo Gallery. The Document Library is made up of letters, newspaper
articles, personal narratives, speeches, and other texts; the Photo Gallery
contains over 5000 Great Depression era images.
Women's Studies Content
Resources in the Documents Library include writings of Eleanor Roosevelt on the political rights of women, court decisions and opinions on labor law involving women, women’s issues in the Works Progress Administration, and a number of brief autobiographies written in 1935 by young women attending the Student League for Industrial Democracy Summer Leadership Institute.
There are numerous photographs of women in the Photo Gallery, mostly, but not entirely, white women. The majority of the images fall into the categories of work, education, job training, and schools and camps for unemployed women. There is a series of photographs from Carbon Hill, Alabama, an area particularly hard hit by the Depression, that show New Deal relief and funding programs. Women are depicted as beauty shop operators, domestic aides, and librarians and are also shown in social settings.
Discovering the extent of women’s studies materials in this database takes some persistence. The basic search engine searches everything included in the New Deal Network, meaning results will include things such as lesson plans and bibliographies in addition to primary source materials. There is no option to limit searching to the Documents Library or the Photo Gallery. Combining a search term with “photo” will retrieve primarily items from the Photo Gallery (i.e., “women AND photo”).
There are a number of options for browsing the Documents Library – subject heading, date, author, publisher, and collection – which helps give one a sense of the scope of this collection. The only option for browsing the Photo Gallery is by subject, and individual records show interesting subject headings (for example, “Schools and Camps for Unemployed Women”) that do not appear in the subject index. Unfortunately, none of subject heading links within individual records is active.
Acronyms in the various indexes are not spelled out, leaving the user to puzzle over items such as NYA (National Youth Association) or OWI (Office of War Information).
Archive Review:Susan White
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