The International Women's Periodicals is a collection of fifty-two magazine and journal publications dating from 1786 through 1940. Written primarily for women by both men and women, these periodicals offer a wide array of views about the roles of women in society and business. Suffrage and anti-suffrage writing, domesticity columns, and literary genres from poetry to serialized novels are included in these periodicals.

The periodicals gathered here have been selected for their rarity and value to students and scholars in women's studies, American studies, European studies, advertising, journalism, religion, fashion, and even culinary arts.

This collection is from the archives of Primary Source Microfilm and the original collection was edited by Kristin H. Gerhard, Associate Professor and Librarian, Iowa State University.

Due to licensing restrictions from Primary Source Media, the creator and copyright holder of the files that make up this digital collection, the International Women's Periodicals collection is limited to the Cornell Community , only.

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  • International Women's Periodicals: Late 18th Century to the Great Depression 

    Gerhard, Kristin H. (Primary Source media, 2007)
    This article was originally presented as part of the International Women's Periodicals website provided by Primary Source Media. When this site was taken down, the content was purchased by the Cornell University Library ...
  • About the International Women’s Periodicals 

    Unknown author (Cornell University Library, 2007)
    This article consists of materials that were originally presented part of the "About" pages of original International Women's Periodicals website. It has detailed information about the International Women's Periodicals ...

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