Women’s Writing & History


British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries (Alexander St., 2005)

Database with 100K+ pages of letters and diaries penned by 500 women between 1558 and 1945


A Celebration of Women Writers (Mary Mark Ockerbloom, 1994- )

Early, expansive aggregator of websites featuring texts by and info on hundreds of women writers


Collective Biographies of Women (U. of Virginia/NINES, 2004- )

Alison Booth’s annotated bibliography of books in English offering brief biographies of at least 3 women


Corvey Women Writers on the Web (Sheffield Hallam U., 2001)

Searchable bibliography of women’s texts from 1796-1834 in Corvey Collection (see “Euro. Lit, 1790-1840” below)


Defining Gender (Adam Matthew, 2010)

Collection of ephemeral documents on gender, leisure, and consumer culture in 18c/19c UK


European Literature, 1790-1840: Corvey Collection (Gale NCCO, 2012)

Scans of Corvey library’s 9,500 English, French, and German titles, mostly popular novels by or for women


Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period (Alexander St., 2007)

Stephen Behrendt’s scholarly edition of 80+ vols. of Irish women’s poetry from 1768 to 1842


The Lady’s Magazine: The Emergence of a Genre (U. of Kent, 2016)

Index and other resources for studying magazine’s entire 1770-1818 run; created by Jennie Batchelor-led team


NEWW Women Writers Database (Huygens Inst., 2014- )

Database for studying the publication and reception of European women writers through 1914


The Poetess Archive (Texas A&M U., 2007)

Laura Mandell’s database with texts by late-Romantic “poetesses” and intro to annuals featuring their work


Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period (Alexander St., 2002)

Nancy Kushigian and Stephen Behrendt’s scholarly edition of 60 vols. of poetry by Scottish women


Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing (Kirstyn Leuner, 2012- )

Introduction to and catalog of 19c Britain’s largest collection of Anglophone women’s writing


Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana U., 2003)

E-texts of lesser-known women writers from 1830-1930; TEI and other updates scheduled for 2018


Women in the Literary Marketplace, 1800-1900 (Cornell U. Library, 2002)

Online exhibit based on MSS and books in library’s collections


Women Romantic-Era Writers (Adriana Craciun, ca. 2005)

Dormant but useful list of websites devoted to Romantic-era women’s writing


Women: Transnational Networks (Gale NCCO, 2013)

Primary sources showing intersections of gender and class in US and Europe during long 19c


Women Writers in Context (WWP at Northeastern U., 2017- )

Scholarly “exhibits” on texts and themes in the WWO (see below); open-access but WWO texts behind paywall


WWO: Women Writers Online (WWP at Northeastern U., 1999- )

375 transcribed works written in English by women between 1450 and 1850 (subscribers-only area of WWP)


WWP: Women Writers Project (Northeastern U., 1988- )

Leading digital hub for research on women’s writing pre-1850 (formerly at Brown U.; partially open-access)


Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues & Identities (Gale, 2017)

Digitized MSS and periodical articles related to 19c/20c women’s movement in UK and US