American Women Historians, 1700s-1990s: A Biographical Dictionary

American Women Historians, 1700s-1990s: A Biographical Dictionary

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0313296642

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From Hannah Adams, born in 1755, to Vicki Ruiz, born in 1955, this book profiles some 200 women historians. Between Hannah Adams, who began compiling historical information while working as a bobbin lace weaver, and Vicki Ruiz, a third generation Chicana hailed for pioneering inclusive multicultural women's history, the reader will encounter women of diverse backgrounds, motivations, and accomplishments. They come from a variety of occupations, including public history, academia, archival work, and popular history writing and a variety of fields, including biography, art history, military history, and history based on issues of region, gender, race, ethnicity, class, or sexuality.

Neglected by the very field they have practiced, these women provide compelling and impressive examples of the historian at work. Selection for inclusion in this volume was based primarily on publications, but other criteria were considered as well, including participation in defining a field of study, influence on other historians or related scholars, cross-disciplinary achievements, and contributions to the work of others. Many of the women were firsts, such as Louise Phelps Kellogg, the first woman president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (now the OAH), and Mary Frances Berry, the first black woman to become chancellor at a major research university. This book offers contemporary historians, and all readers, the opportunity to explore women historians' motivations, accomplishments, and above all, rich legacies.

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pursue a teaching degree at the Miner Normal School. Porter earned her degree and took a job as a librarian at Miner and then as a cataloguer at the Carnegie Library at Howard University. At Howard, her primary responsibility was to build a collection on African Americans for the Library of Negro Life and History. While at Howard, Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in 1928. In 1930 she left Howard to attend Columbia University, where she received a master of library science degree in 1932. She was

she recounted in her best-selling autobiography, The Road from Coorain. In the book she recalls growing up on Coorain, a sheep station named by the aboriginal people of Australia to mean ‘‘windy place.’’ Her father, of Scottish descent, raised thousands of sheep on this land granted to him as a veteran of World War I. Her mother, of English descent, was a trained nurse and a ‘‘modern feminist,’’ according to her daughter, who made of their isolated outback ranch a comfortable and charming home.

first recipient of the Candace Award of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, was named Distinguished Woman of North Carolina, and won the Oliver Max Gardner Award of the University of North Carolina, for the ‘‘greatest contribution to the human race.’’ In her service outside the academy, Edmonds served as president of Links, a women’s service organization, in a period during which they raised $1 million in support of the United Negro College Fund. She has also held civic positions with the Southern

the Eighteenth Century. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992; paperback, 1995. Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: A Comparison of St. Dominique and Cuba. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971; paperback, Louisiana State University Press, 1996. ADDITIONAL SOURCES Frey, Sylvia R. Rev. of Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century, by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. American Historical Review 98 (Apr. 1993): 454–456.

the policy of Louis XVI and his minister of foreign affairs in aiding America’s fight for independence. Kite, who had a study room in the Library of Congress for years, was instrumental in placing photostats of documents from the French Revolution in the library. For this she was awarded the Cross of Chevalier de la Le´gion d’honneur. She was also archivist for the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Elizabeth Kite died on January 6, 1954, in Wilmington, Delaware. ADDITIONAL

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