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Mail-Order Brides


I am conducting research on mail-order brides and am looking for scholarly work on the topic.  So far, the only scholarly piece that I have found was Marcia Zug's Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches.  I have come across other books regarding mail-order brides, but given spotty citations, I don't find them to be particularly reliable.  I have had success in finding information on picture brides (and am still open to more), but I am particularly interested in information on domestic mail-order brides.

Thank you for your help,

Advice literature and westward expansion

I am doing a research project on how cholera epidemics impacted westward expansion.  I am looking for primary sources that were written to be advice for settlers heading west.  First, is there a "technical" term for such a thing that would make searching easier?  Second, can anyone recommend some sources?

Thanks in advance!

Brenda Thacker