Women and the Industrial Revolution
- BPL (Boston Public Library) at the Internet Archive
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- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
"Search America's historic newspapers pages from - or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present." From the Library of Congress.
- Encyclopedia Virginia: Women's History
Individual histories with photographs. Example: Rosa L. Dixon Bowser and Anna Maria Mead Chalmers.
- Harvard University Open Collections Program: Women Working 1800 - 1930
"Women Working, 1800–1930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University." Superb site. Check out the Women Working Timeline. Also of tremendous value available online: The living wage of women workers: a study of incomes and expenditures of 450 women in the City of Boston by Louise Marion Bosworth ; prepared under the direction of the Department of Research, Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Boston; edited with an introduction by F. Spencer Baldwin. 1911. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:145202. Of additional help: Browse Materials by Topic: Types of Work.
- Library of Congress: Industry and Labor Union Journals
"The business world was historically a man's arena, but trade and industry journals, especially in the fashion and clothing industries, yield frequent glimpses of women within this male-dominated realm."
Multiple resources to check including photographs.
- Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners: Digital Collections
"Although much of this material is monographs and pamphlets, a significant portion is manuscript material(personal and organizational papers), photographs, posters, ticket stubs, broadsides, etc."
- Massachusetts Historical Society
Check out the Object Archive to recognize changes occurring with the First and Second Industrial Revolutions in America. For example Souvenir of a "Splendid Exhibition": Cupid as Drawn by Maelzel's Automaton, the Juvenile Artist and "All this may be very 'unlovely,' but it is I": A Margaret Fuller Letter as Edited by Her Friends.
- Mill Labor at Slater Mill
Examines the use of children and young women as workers. Statistics and graphs.
- Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls
"...an account of her [Robinson} earlier life as female factory worker (from the age of ten in 1834 to 1848) in the textile Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts."
- National Archives: Immigration Records (Ship Passenger Arrival Records)
Immigration records, also known as "ship passenger arrival records," may provide genealogists with information such as: one's nationality, place of birth, profession, name and address of relatives they are joining in the U.S., amount of money they are carrying, etc.
- National Women's History Museum Online Exhibits: A History of Women in Industry
Examines the changes in the country from an agricultural, rural society to the move to the cities and industries. Numerous photographs of working women of different backgrounds from different areas of the country.
- Teaching History: Everyday Life in the 19th Century
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A Woman's Work is Never Done
|Women--Social conditions, Women--History--19th century, Women--History||English||BR|
Fighting From the Homefront: the Role of Women in the Civil War
|American Civil War--Family life, American Civil War--Women||English||1470|
The Civil War Home Front
|American Civil War--Family life, Wisconsin--History||English||1210|
The Northern Homefront
|American Civil War--Family life||English||1220|
Mary Walton: Anti-Pollution Devices
|Pollution control industry, Women inventors||English||1210|
Wake Up, America
|Industrial revolution, United States--Economic conditions--To 1865||English||BR|
A Growing National Economy
|United States--Emigration and Immigration, Industrial revolution||English|
Factory Inspection Legislation
|Factories, Labor laws and legislation||English||1350|
Working Heroes -- Men and Women Who Shaped America's Labor Movement Be sure to check the Timeline, too.
|Labor unions, Labor movement||English||1200|
Household Appliances and Women's Work
1892-1895: 1893 Chicago's World Fair
|World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)||English||1390|
Women's History and Heritage Month: Victorian Womanhood, In All Its Guises
|Women's History Month||English||1080|
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