Women's Diary Writing: A Resource Guide

Whitley, Peggy. American Cultural History: The 19th Century. Lone Star College, Kingwood. 2008 [some pages updated as recently as July 2011].
American Cultural History: The 19th Century is created and updated by Betty Sutton, Sue Goodwin, Becky Bradley, Sheila Welling, and Peggy Whitley of Lone Star College, Kingwood, and hosted on the College's library website. The site is comprised mainly of short essays, images, and links relating to 19th century American history. Many of the links lead to other .edu-hosted websites, as well as full-text books and articles. This site is a great overview for many aspects of 19th century American history and culture, and provides a large number of web resources for further research. The site is updated by page on a regular basis, and is listed in INFOMINE.

Bunkers, Suzanne L. Suzanne L. Bunkers. Minnesota State University, Mankato. 10 April 2011.
Suzanne L. Bunkers is a leading scholar in the field of American women's diaries and autobiography. She has edited several diaries, and has authored and edited books and articles on women's diaries. She also researches diaries from the reader's perspective – how to read them, interpret them, and represent them. Bunkers regularly updates her site, which is hosted on the Minnesota State University, Mankato website. She provides several full-text articles and conversations on her site, and a list and description of many of her own publications. Bunkers also provides an excellent bibliography of sources on diary writing, autobiography, and anthologies of primary sources.

Mintz, S. A Chronology of American History: 19th Century. Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston. 12 April 2012.
This page provides a detailed timeline of events in American history during the 19th century. The website is updated very frequently, as much as several times a week. On the parent site (mentioned below), researchers have access to primary documents, an interactive timeline, reference materials, resources for educators, and interactive activities, among many other services. Students can create their own multimedia exhibits with materials and information from the site. Digital History and A Chronology of American History: 19th Century are hosted by the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston. The site is listed by INFOMINE, and is linked to by many other .edu-hosted websites.

The parent site, Digital History, is an excellent resource for American history, primary sources, and secondary sources. I would highly recommend using the site for an interactive, informative experience.

Civil War Diaries and Letters. The University of Iowa Libraries, University of Iowa. 2012.
Civil War Diaries and Letters is a site hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries, and contains an ongoing public transcription project. The site contains digitized versions of Civil War diaries, letters, images, and other documents from University of Iowa's Special Collections. Researchers can view individual items, along with public-written, librarian-edited transcriptions and librarian-created metadata. The site provides related digital collections held by the University of Iowa Libraries, a link to a Special Collections Civil War exhibit, and a link to the transcription project. The transcription project, one of the first major "crowdsourcing" digital undertakings, aims to transcribe and make available every Civil War diary and letter that the University of Iowa Special Collections holds. Students, educators, and researchers can practice reading 19th century handwriting, while at the same time learning valuable primary source information about the Civil War. As of 11 April 2012 there have been 10,081 pages transcribed. The Civil War Diaries and Letters site and the transcription project site are updated frequently, and provide a great resource to those interested in diary writing, correspondence, and the Civil War.

Documenting the American South. The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 12 April 2012.
This site is host to a collection of digital documents, all of which contribute to the history of southern America. The site is created and maintained by the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is updated as often as several times a week. The website includes sixteen thematic collections of material, but the documents can also be searched by author, subject, title, and geographic region. Users can view digital images of each document, an in the case of longer texts, download a file. The website also provides additional resources for researchers, educators, and students. The site is listed by INFOMINE, and linked to by many other .edu-hosted websites.

Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869. The Library of Congress. 8 August 2002.
This site was created from the combined effort of Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, the Church Archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Utah State Historical Society, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Churchill County Museum in Fallon, Nevada, and Idaho State University. It was supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition and was sponsored by the Utah Academic Library Consortium. The site mainly provides primary source documents, a large part of which are diaries. There are images of document pages, but most sources are transcribed in plain HTML. The site was last updated in 2002, but because it hosts most of its own content, the site does not have many dead links. It provides excellent material for scholars interested in the western migration in 19th century American history. The site is listed by INFOMINE, and hosted by the Library of Congress.

The parent site, American Memory, is created and run by the Library of Congress. The site is regularly updated, and is a useful resource for researchers, educators, and students interested in American history and culture.

Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War. The University of Maryland Libraries, University of Maryland, College Park. 2011.
This site is a digital exhibit created as a counterpart to the exhibit located in Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The exhibit is curated by Special Collections librarian Elizabeth Novara, and was researched and compiled by Novara and several graduate student assistants. The exhibit chronicles the lives of Maryland women during the Civil War. The site offers a unique perspective on the Civil War, and educates visitors on the basics of historical research. The site provides many digital images of rare and manuscript materials, and has transcriptions of selected letters, diary entries, and other documents. Novara and her assistants also provide a list of print and digital resources for researchers, as well as a bibliography for the exhibit. The site was created in 2011, and I believe it will be a static site for the foreseeable future. Because most of the material and links throughout the site link directly to University of Maryland Special Collections holdings, the site should continue to function for many years. The libguides provided through the site are regularly updated by campus librarians. The site is hosted through the University of Maryland Libraries' website.


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