Query From Nicole A. Tateosian Nicole.Tateosian@mail.trincoll.edu 21 Mar 1997
I am a graduate student at Trinity College and I am currently doing research on women who wanted to become educated during the mid -1880s. I am looking for primary sources: why women wanted education, what their plans were with their degrees, what was the relationship of education to motherhood. Does anyone have any advice as to various primary sources, such as letters or diaries?
>From Nancy Marie Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org 24 Mar 1997
A good place to start would be the archives for women's colleges. Mt. Holyoke specifically collects in the area of women and education, and I would suspect that they would have leads for other places. Several years back they sponsored a series of conferences on women and education. The proceedings/papers were collected and edited by 2 people: perhaps Florence Howe, but definitely John Farragher.
>From Clare Ansdell email@example.com 24 Mar 1997
I would have thought that three excellent sources for the material that you require are very close to you at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. I have been in contact with the archive librarians there, over another project, and they have proved most efficient and helpful.
>From Theresa M. McBride firstname.lastname@example.org 25 Mar 1997
You should check out the web site for the Worcester Women's History Project, which is an accumulation of documentation related to the early national women's rights movement. The Worcester convention of 1850 was the first national women's rights convention, and one of the central themes of the 1850 convention, and a persistent issue throughout this early period of the women's rights movement was the issue of education and specifically of women's admission to medical schools. The web site can be reached at: