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Women and gender studies: Biographies, bibliographies

This page is a brief guide to reference sources for women & gender studies held by the British Library. It is a select list only, concentrating on bibliographies, biographies, and other finding aids. Much relevant material will also be found in our online catalogues. Items marked by an asterisk are not on open access. 

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Adamson, Lynda G. Notable women in world history, a guide to recommended biographies and autobiographies.
Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood Press, 1998
HLR920.72
 
American women in the twentieth century, a selective guide to materials in the British Library. Edited by Jean Kemble. The guide includes both monographs and periodical articles. The Eccles Centre for American Studies, 2003
HLR Enquiry Desk
 
Banks, Olive. The biographical dictionary of British feminists Vol.1. 1800-1930, Vol 2., a supplement,1900-1945. New York; London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.
HLR305.4
 
*Bell, Maureen. A dictionary of women in the book trade, 1540-1730. Loughborough University of Technology, 1983
2719.X.18746
 
Bell, Peter. Index to biographies of women in Boase's Modern English biography. [Containing...concise memoirs of persons who have died between the years 1851-1990; with an index of the most interesting matter.]
Edinburgh: P.Bell, 1986.
HLR920.041
RAR920.041
 
Bell, Peter (compiler). Victorian biography, a checklist of contemporary biographies of British women and men dying between 1851-1901. With an introduction by Colin Matthew.
Edinburgh: P. Bell, 1993.
HLR920.041
 
Bell, Peter (compiler). Victorian women, an index to biographies & memoirs.
Edinburgh: P.Bell, 1989.
HLR920.72
 
*Booy, David. Autobiographical writings by early Quaker women. (17th and 18th century)
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004
m04/35098 DSC
 
*Campion, P.(compiler) The honourable women of the Great War and the women's (war) who's who. Bournemouth: printed by w. Mate & Sons, 1919, [1920]
P.523/312
DSC wq1.4646
 
Clarke, Jennifer. In our grandmothers' footsteps, photographs by Joanne Parkin.
London: Virago, 1984.
HLR920.72 Enquiry Desk
 
Commire, Anne. Women in world history: a biographical encyclopedia. Detroit; London: Yorkin Pu., c1999-c2002
HLR920.72
 
Commire, Anne. Dictionary of women worldwide: 25,000 women through the ages. Detroit, Mich.;London: Thomson Gale, c2007
HLR920.72
 
Crawford, Anne.[et al.] The Europa biographical dictionary of British women, over 1000 notable women from Britain's past. London : Europa, 1983
HLR920.72
 
*Davis, Elizabeth. The autobiography of Elizabeth Davis, a Balaclava nurse, daughter of Dafydd Cadwaladyr. Edited by Jane Williams. 2 vol. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1857
10816.c.19
 
Dictionary of British women's organisations, 1825-1960. London: Woburn Press, 2001
OPL301.412
 
*A dictionary of employments open to women, with details of wages, hours of work and other information. By Mrs Philipps. London: The women's Institute, 1898.
08416.i.5
 
Dimand, Robert [et al.] A biographical dictionary of women economists. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2000
HLR330.092
YC. 2001.a.12039
 
Directory of Indian women today. New Delhi, India International Publications. 1976
OIH920.054
 
*Directory of women teachers and other women engaged in higher and secondary education for girls. 1913 [etc.] A reference book of secondary education for girls. London: Year Book Press, 1913, [1912], etc.
HLM920.041( Microfiche)
PP.2506.aly
 
*Douglas-Chin, Richard. Preacher woman sings the blues, the autobiographies of nineteenth-century African American evangelists. Columbia, London: University of Missouri Press
YC.2001.a.11559
 
Dunbar, Agnes B.C.  A Dictionary of saintly women. 2 vol.
London: George Bell & Sons, 1904, 05.
HLR270.0922
 
*Dunford, Penny. A biographical dictionary of women artists in Europe and America since 1850. Mew York, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990
HLR709.22
YV.1990.b.483
 
Ewan, Elizabeth (et al) The biographical dictionary of Scottish women, from the earliest times to 2004. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006
HLR920.72
 
Fenwick, Gillian. Women and the Dictionary of national biography, a bibliography of DNB volumes 1885-1985 and Missing persons. Aldershot: Scholar, 1994.
HLR920.72
 
*Foerstel, Karen. Biographical dictionary of Congressional women.
Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood Press, 1999
YC.1999.b.915
 
*Fudge, William Kingston. Principal women of America. Being the biographies of approximately one thousand five hundred American women who stand pre-eminent in their country (and the Dominion of Canada)...1930-31(-1940).
London: Mitre Press, 1932-40
010604.d.5
 
*Goodfriend, Joyce D.; Christie, Claudia M. Lives of American women, a history with documents. Lanham, [London]: University Press of America, 1988
YC.1990.a.2006
 
Haan, F.de, Daskalova, K and Loutfi, A. (eds.) A biographical dictionary of women's movements and feminisms : Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, Central European University Press, 2006
HLR305.42
 
Hendry, M.and Uglow, J.(eds.) The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of women's biography. 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
HLR920.72
 
A historical dictionary of British women. Rev.ed. London: Europa, 2003
HLR920.72
 
Holt, Constance Wall. Welsh women, an annotated bibliography of women in Wales and women of Welsh descent in America. Metuchen, N.J.; London: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
HLR920.72
 
*International who's who of professional and business women, 1st edition, (1989)- Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1989-
ZC.9.a.2403
 
The International who's who of women. 5th edition. London: Routledge, 2006 (Earlier editions see closed access shelfmark below).
HLR920.72
ZC.9.b.5205
 
*Ireland, Norma Olin. Index to women of the world from ancient to modern times, biographies and portraits. Westwood, Mass., F.W. Faxon co. 1970
X.520/32812
 
*Jafe, Deborah. Ingenious women, from tincture of saffron to flying machines. Foreword by Sandi Toksvig, biography of women inventors. Stroud, Sutton,2003
YC.2003.a.12894
 
James, Edward Topping. (ed.) Notable American women 1607-1950. A biographical dictionary. 3 Vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [1971.]
HLR920.72
*The Jewish woman, an annotated selected bibliography, 1986-1993, with 1994-1995 recent titles list. Compiled by Ann S. Masnik. New York: Biblio Press, 1996
OIC305.486
 
*Kay, Ernest. Foremost women of the twentieth century.
Cambridge: International Biographical Centre, 1988
YC.1988.b.2411
*McDevitt, Theresa. Women and the American Civil War, an annotated bibliography. Westport, Conn. ; London: Praeger, 2003
DSC 1993.097580
 
Men and women of the time
British and Irish Biographies 1840-1940. No.35
HLM920.041 (Microfiche)
 
Meyers, Carol. Women in scripture, a dictionary of names and unnamed women in the Hebrew bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000
HLR220.92
 
*Ogilvie, Marilyn & Joy Harvey (eds.) The biographical dictionary of women in science, pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century. 2 vols. New York, London: Routledge, 2000
HLR509.22
YC.2000.b.1421
 
*Oldfield, Sybil. Collective biography of women in Britain 1550-1900,a select annotated bibliography.
London: Mansell,1990.
HLR920.72
YC.1999.b.2931
 
Oldfield, Sybil. Women humanitarians: biographical dictionary of British women active between 1900 and 1950. London: Continuum, 2001
HLR305.4
 
Parry, Melanie. (ed.) Chambers biographical dictionary of women.
Edinburgh: Chambers, 1996.
HLR920.72
 
Pennington, Reina. Amazons to fighter pilots, a biographical dictionary of military women. Westport, Connecticut, London: Greenwood Press, 2003
HLR355.008
 
*The Penguin biographical dictionary of women. London: Penguin, 1998
YA.1998.a.1783
d99/19297
 
Proffitt, Pamela. Notable women scientists. Detroit; London: Gale Group,1999.
HLR509.22
 
*Robinson, Doris. Women novelists 1891- 1920, an index to biographical and autobiographical sources.
New York; London: Garland, 1984.
X950/40544
 
Sakala, Carol. Women of South Asia, a guide to resources. New York: Kraus International Publications. 1980.
OIH954.001
 
Sicherman, Barbara. (et al.) Notable American women, the modern period, a biographical dictionary. Cambridge: Mass; London: Belknap, 1980.
HLR920.72
 
Sweeney, Patricia E. Biographies of British women, an annotated bibliography.
London: Mansell, 1996.
HLR920.72
 
Theakstone, J. Victorian & edwardian women travellers: a bibliography of books published in English. Mansield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing, 2006.
HLR910.4
 
Uglow, Jennifer (ed. & compiler). The Macmillan Dictionary of women's biography.
2nd edition. London: Macmillan, 1989.
HLR920.72
 
Uglow, Jennifer (ed.& complier). The Palgrove Macmillan dictionary of women's biography .4th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrove Macmillan, 2005
HLR920.72
 
Uterburger, Amy L. Women filmmakers & their films, with introductory essays by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Katrien Jacobs.
Detroit, London: St. James Press,1999
HLR971.43092
Ware, S. (ed.) Notable American women: a biographical dictionary: completing the twentieth century. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2004
HLR920.72
 
*Willard, Frances Elizabeth. A woman of the century... biographical sketches, accompanied by portraits, of leading American women. Buffalo: C.W. Moulton, 1893
10880.i.12
 
Who's who in America, a biographical dictionary of living women and men of the US 1899-1900 [etc.] Latest issue.
HLR920.073

Superseded editions

PP.2521.b.
 
Who's who of Indian women, international. Madras: National Biographical Centre, India-Asia, 1977.
OIH920.054
 
*Women: selected bibliography, 1988-1999, femmes: bibliographie selective, 1988-1999.
Text in English with French preface. Geneva: United Nations Library, [1999?]
YA.2000. b.1786
OPL301.412
 
*The World who's who of women. Contains nearly 6,000 biographies from all parts of the of the world. Vol. 1, etc. 1973-. Cambridge & London: Melrose Press, 1973-
X.0972/158
 
Zirin, Mary and Christine D. Worobec. Women and gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia. A comprehensive bibliography. Vol. 1, Southeastern and East Central Europe / volume editors, Irina Livezeanu with June Pachuta Farris...  Vol. 2, Russia, the non-Russian peoples of the Russian Federation, and the Successor States of the Soviet Union / volume editors, Mary Zirin  and Christine D. Worobec.  New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2007
HLR305.4
 

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