Notable American Women, 1607–1950

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Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary is a three-volume biographical dictionary published in 1971. Its origins lay in 1957 when Radcliffe College librarians, archivists, and professors began researching the need for a version of the Dictionary of American Biography dedicated solely to women.[1]: xi 

Significance[edit]

Notable American Women was the first major modern reference book of women's biographies, although the genre was common in earlier eras, such as the 1804 A Biographical Dictionary of the Celebrated Women Of Every Age and Country by Matilda Betham.[1] It appeared when Women's studies in U.S. universities had created great interest in understanding women's past.[2] Upon its publication it was viewed by scholars as a magnificent contribution to understanding the role of women in U.S. history.[3]

Writing of the changes in perspective on biography inspired by Notable American Women, 1607–1950 Susan Ware observed, "1,359 entries showed the range and depth of women’s contributions to American life, a pointed correction to women’s near-total exclusion from existing biographical dictionaries at the time and a dramatic spur to further research."[4]

Updates[edit]

Notable American Women: The Modern Period : a Biographical Dictionary updated the set for subjects who died between 1951 and 1976. The work for that volume was a joint project of Radcliffe College and Harvard University Press funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.[2]

In 2004 volume 5 was issued: Notable American Women : a Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century.[5]

Women included in Volumes 1-3[edit]

Abolitionists[edit]

Actresses and Theatre Managers[edit]

Anthropologists and Folklorists[edit]

Architects and Interior Decorators[edit]

Art Collectors and Patrons[edit]

Art Critics and Historians[edit]

Art Educators[edit]

Astronomers[edit]

Authors (by literary period)[edit]

1607-1820[edit]

1821-1860[edit]

1861-1900[edit]

1900-1950[edit]

Biologists[edit]

Botanists and Horticulturists[edit]

Chemists and Physicists[edit]

Children's Authors[edit]

Circus Performers[edit]

Civil War Figures[edit]

Classicists[edit]

College Administrators[edit]

Composers[edit]

Dancers[edit]

Educational Reformers[edit]

Educators of the Handicapped[edit]

Explorers and Travelers[edit]

Feminists[edit]

Film Actresses and Directors[edit]

Geographer and Geologists[edit]

Hawaiian Nobility[edit]

Health Reform Advocates[edit]

Heroines[edit]

Historians[edit]

Historical Preservationists[edit]

Home Economists[edit]

Illustrators[edit]

Indian Captives[edit]

Indian Reform Advocates[edit]

Indian Women[edit]

Inventors[edit]

Kindergartners[edit]

Labor Leaders[edit]

Labor Reformers[edit]

Lawyers[edit]

Lecturers and Orators[edit]

Librarians[edit]

Literary Scholars[edit]

Magazine Editors[edit]

Mathematicians[edit]

Ministers and Evangelists[edit]

Missionaries[edit]

Missionary Society Leaders[edit]

Mormon Women[edit]

Music Educators and Patrons[edit]

Naturalists[edit]

Negro Women[edit]

Newspaperwomen[edit]

Performing Musicians[edit]

Nurses[edit]

Painters[edit]

Peace Advocates[edit]

Performing Musicians[edit]


Philanthropists[edit]

Philosophers[edit]

Photographer[edit]

Physicians[edit]

Political Figures[edit]

Advisers and Appointees[edit]

Congresswomen and Senators[edit]

Other Elected Officials[edit]

Party Workers[edit]

Propagandists[edit]

Printmakers[edit]

Prison Reformers[edit]

Psychologists[edit]

Religious Educators[edit]

Religious Founders and Leaders[edit]

See also Ministers and Evangelists; Missionaries

School Founders and Administrators[edit]

Sculptors[edit]

Settlement House Leaders[edit]

Social and Civic Reformers[edit]

See also Health Reform Advocates; Laborers; Settlement House Leaders

Social Economists[edit]

Social Leaders[edit]

Social Workers[edit]

Socialists and Radicals[edit]

Temperance Advocates[edit]

Suffragists[edit]

Temperance Advocates[edit]

Translators[edit]

Welfare Work Leaders[edit]

See also Social Workers

Wives of the Presidents[edit]

Women's Club Leaders[edit]

Women included in Volume 4[edit]

Agriculture and Rural Life[edit]

Anthropology and Folklore[edit]

Architecture[edit]

See also Landscape Architecture

Art[edit]

See also Photography

Astronomy[edit]

Aviation[edit]

Biology[edit]

Birth Control[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

See also Medicine: Researchers; Nutrition

Botany[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Children's Literature[edit]

Civil Liberties[edit]

Civil Rights[edit]

Classics and Archaeology[edit]

Community Affairs[edit]

Conservation[edit]

Cookery[edit]

Dance[edit]

Demography[edit]

Economics[edit]

Education[edit]

College Founders and Administrators[edit]

School Founders and Administrators[edit]

Writers and Researchers[edit]

Other[edit]

See also Physical Education

Engineering and Industrial Design[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Exploration[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Feminism[edit]

Film[edit]

Geology[edit]

Government and Politics[edit]

Appointees[edit]

Congresswomen[edit]

Other Elected Officials[edit]

Party Workers and Officials[edit]

Wives of Presidents[edit]

History[edit]

Home Economics[edit]

Housing Reform[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Labor[edit]

Landscape Architecture[edit]

Law[edit]

Librarianship[edit]

Literature[edit]

Editors and Publishers[edit]

Scholars[edit]

Translators[edit]

Writers[edit]

Magazine and Journal Editing[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Physicians[edit]

Researchers[edit]

Military[edit]

Music[edit]

Nursing[edit]

Nutrition[edit]

Peace[edit]

Penology and Criminology[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Photography[edit]

Physical Education[edit]

Physics[edit]

Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis[edit]

Public Health[edit]

Religion[edit]

Settlements[edit]

Socialism and Radicalism[edit]

Social Reform[edit]

Social Research[edit]

Social Welfare[edit]

Social Work[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Sports[edit]

Suffrage[edit]

Antisuffrage[edit]

Temperance and Prohibition[edit]

Prohibition Repeal[edit]

Theater[edit]

Women's Organizations[edit]

American Association of University Women[edit]

League of Women Voters[edit]

National Association of Colored Women[edit]

National Council of Negro Women[edit]

National Federation of Business and Professional Women[edit]

National Woman's Party[edit]

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom[edit]

Women's Trade Union League[edit]

YWCA[edit]

Other[edit]

Women included in Volume 5[edit]

Advertising/Public Relations[edit]

Anthropology/Folklore[edit]

Archaeology/Classics[edit]

Architecture[edit]

Art[edit]

Art Collectors/Dealers[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Aviation[edit]

Biochemistry[edit]

Biology[edit]

Birth Control/Family Planning[edit]

Botany[edit]

Business/Entrepreneurship[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Child Advocacy/Education[edit]

Children's Literature[edit]

Civil Rights[edit]

El Congreso de Pueblos de Habla Española[edit]

Mexican American Political Association[edit]

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People[edit]

Southern Christian Leadership Council[edit]

Southern Conference on Human Welfare[edit]

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee[edit]

Community Activism/Local Government[edit]

Computer Science[edit]

See Mathematics

Conservation/Environmentalism[edit]

Conservatism[edit]

Consumer Affairs[edit]

Crafts/Decorative Arts[edit]

Dance[edit]

Economics[edit]

Education: General[edit]

Engineering/Technology[edit]

English/Literary Theory[edit]

Fashion/Textile Design[edit]

Feminism[edit]

Film[edit]

Food[edit]

Gardening[edit]

Government: Appointed Officials (State and Federal)[edit]

History[edit]

Home Economics[edit]

See Nutrition

Housing Reform[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Labor[edit]

Law and Judiciary[edit]

Librarians/Archivists[edit]

Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science[edit]

Medicine: Physicians and Health Care Activists[edit]

Military[edit]

Museums/Curators[edit]

Music: Classical[edit]

Music: Popular[edit]

Nursing[edit]

Nutrition/Home Economics[edit]

Peace[edit]

Penology and Criminology[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

Philosophy[edit]

Photography[edit]

Physics[edit]

Political Science[edit]

Politics: Elected Officials/Activists/Volunteers[edit]

Psychiatry/Psychoanalysis/Psychiatric Social Work[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Public Health/Women's Health[edit]

Publishing/Editing[edit]

Radicalism/Socialism[edit]

Radio/Television[edit]

Religion/Spirituality[edit]

Social Work[edit]

Socialite/Hostess[edit]

Sociology[edit]

Sports/Physical Education/Recreation[edit]

Theater/Vaudeville/Comedy[edit]

Women's Health. See Public Health

Women's Organizations[edit]

American Association of University Women[edit]

Coalition of Labor Union Women[edit]

League of Women Voters[edit]

National Consumers' League[edit]

National Council of Negro Women[edit]

National Federation of Business and Professional Women[edit]

National Organization for Women[edit]

National Woman's Party[edit]

National Women's Political Caucus[edit]

Planned Parenthood Federation of America[edit]

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom[edit]

Women Strike for Peace[edit]

Women's Trade Union League[edit]

Young Women's Christian Association[edit]

Other[edit]

Writers/Poets[edit]

Zoology[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Notable American Women: a biographical dictionary completing the twentieth century. (2004). Ware, Susan (editor), Stacy Braukman, Assistant Editor. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass. ISBN 067401488X.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S., eds. (1971). Notable American Women, 1607–1950; A Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
  2. ^ a b Sicherman, Barbara; Green, Carol Hurd, eds. (1980). Notable American Women: The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-62733-8. OCLC 834112895.
  3. ^ Miller, Roberta Balstad (January 1974). "Women and American history". Women's Studies. 2 (1): 105–113. doi:10.1080/00497878.1974.9978340.
  4. ^ Ware, Susan (Winter 2010). "Writing Women's Lives: One Historian's Perspective". Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 40 (3): 413–435. doi:10.1162/jinh.2010.40.3.413. S2CID 145478898.
  5. ^ Braukman, Stacy Lorraine; Ware, Susan, eds. (2004). Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01488-6. OCLC 937332808.