A brief guide to Oral history and other first-hand accounts of women held by the British Library. It is a select list only, and some databases will only be available if you are in a subscribing institution.
|*Agosin, Marjorie. Uncertain travelers: conversations with Jewish women immigrants to America. |
Hanover, N.H.; London: University Press of New England, 1999.
|*Clarke, Patricia & Dale Spender. Life lines, Australian women's letters and diaries, 1788-1840. |
St. Leonards. N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1997.
|Cline, Cheryl. Women's diaries, journals, and letters, an annotated bibliography.|
New York; London: Garland, 1989.
|Day in, day out, memories of North Manchester from women in Monsall Hospital.|
Manchester: Gatehouse Project, 1988.
|*Doing our bit, New Zealand women tell their stories of World War Two. Edited by Jim Sullivan. |
Auckland: Harper Collins publishers, 2002.
|Generations of memories, voices of Jewish women. Jewish Women in London Group. Includes bibliography. |
London: Women's Press, 1989.
|Gluck, Sherna Berger & Patai, Daphne. (eds.) Women's words, the feminist practice of oral history. Includes index.|
New York, London: Routledge, 1991.
|*Harvey, Brett. The fifties, a women's oral history. |
London: HarperCollins, 1993.
|Horsbrugh-Porter, Anna. (ed.) Memories of revolution, Russian women remember. Interviews by Elena Snow and Frances Welch. |
London: Routledge, 1993.
|Davis, Gwen & Joyce, Beverley. (compilers). Personal writings by women to 1990, a bibliography of American & British writers. |
London: Mansell, 1989.
|Inventing ourselves, lesbian life stories. Hall Carpenter Archives Lesbian Oral History Group. |
London: Routledge, 1989.
|*Last, Nella. Nella's last war, a mother's diary, 1939-45. Edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming. |
London: Sphere, 1983, c1981.
|McCook, Kathleen de la Pe:na. Women of color in librarianship, an oral history.|
Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.
|Padel, Una & Stevenson, Prue. (compilers). Insiders, women's experience of prison.|
London: Virago, 1988.
|Roberts, Elizabeth. A woman's place, an oral history of working-class women 1890-1940. Includes index.|
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984.
|Smith, Anne. Women remember, an oral history. London: Routledge, 1989.|
|Summerfield, Penny. Reconstructing women's wartime lives, discourse and subjectivity in oral histories of the Second World War.|
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998
|The times of our lives, Women in Medway, Vol. 1, from 1900 - 1939; Vol. 2, from 1939.|
A collection of memoirs and experiences. Gillingham: AIM Publications,1989.
|*Women's language and experience, 1500-1940, women's diaries and related sources.|
- Part 1: Sources from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire County Record Offices. Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1996-
|- Part 2: Sources from Birmingham Central Library and Birmingham University library. Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1996|
|- Part 3: Sources from Suffolk County Record Office and Cambridge University Library, a listing and guide to part 3 of the microfilm collection. Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1999|
|- Part 4: Sources from the National library of Scotland and the National library of Wales|
The Oral History Collections of the Sound Archive contain a large and interesting selection of unpublished material which deals with women's issues. The Fawcett Society Interviews (C468) and Leaders of National Life (C408) offer in-depth interviews with many prominent and influential women in British society.
Artists' Lives (C466),
Work-related issues can be explored through collections such as
Several other collections deal specifically with issues of sexuality and women's health:
Women's political activism is explored through collections such as the
The following include the oral testimonies of women
|Glasgow Women's Suffrage Movement, 1902-1933|
|Part of the British Online Archives database. The records of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Society for Women's Suffrage cover the organisation and achievements of a non-militant suffrage society. The movement was essentially a child of the Scottish Council for Women's Trades. These papers on suffrage are also unusual in that they are not written from a London viewpoint and their coverage extends beyond the dissolution of many of the more militant societies in 1918.|
|British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950|
|Includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women. It is the largest collection of British and Irish women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled. Spanning more than 300 years, it brings the personal experiences of female researchers, students, and general readers.|
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