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Additional Reading on West Virginia Women's History

Compiled by the West Virginia State Archives
Published Works

Baker, Juliette Boyer. West Virginia State History of the Daughters of the American Revolution. No publisher [1928].

Brennan, Margaret. A Century of Service to Mothers & Babies. Wheeling, WV: Florence Crittenton Home & Services, 1995.

Bulla, Patricia Clark, ed. My Dearest Husband: The Letters of Amacetta Laidley Summers to George W. Summers, 1842-1843. Charleston: University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies Foundation [1990].

Comstock, Jim. West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Supplemental Vol. 25: West Virginia Women. Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974.

Farr, Sidney Saylor. Appalachian Women: An Annotated Bibliography. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1981.

Fifteen Years of State Legislation Impacting Women, 1970 through 1984. Charleston, WV: Legislative Services, 1984.

Giesen, Carol A. B. Coal Miners' Wives: Portraits of Endurance. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995.

Harvey, Vera Andrew. The Silver Gleam: Pageant and History of the West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs in Celebration of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary, 1904-1929. Charleston, WV: n.p., 1929.

Hensley, Frances S., ed. Missing Chapters II: West Virginia Women in History. Charleston: West Virginia Women's Commission, 1986.

Hiscoe, Helen B. Appalachian Passage. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Humphreys, Gertrude. Adventures in Good Living. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing Co., 1972.

Johnson, Mrs. Ned, comp. and ed. Mountaineer Memories: 1883- 1983. No publisher, no date.

Lee, Virginia. Fifty Years of the West Virginia Division, American Association of University Women. Commercial Printing Co., 1973.

Lester, Ann. A Flame of the Lord's Kindling: One Hundred Years of Women's Work Among the Christian Churches of West Virginia, 1874-1974. Published by the author, 1974.

Lewis, Virgil Anson. Life and Times of Anne Bailey: The Pioneer Heroine of the Great Kanawha Valley. Charleston, WV: Butler Printing Co., 1891.

Missing Chapters: West Virginia Women in History. Charleston: West Virginia Women's Commission, 1983.

Moore, Marat. Women in the Mines: Stories of Life and Work. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Mount de Chantal. Centenary of the Covenant of the Visitation. Wheeling, WV: Mount de Chantal, 1948.

Norris, Randall and Jean-Philippe CyprŠs. Women of Coal. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

Scarborough, Ruth. Belle Boyd, Siren of the South. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1983.

Steel, Edward M., ed. The Correspondence of Mother Jones. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985.

Steel, Edward M., ed. The Speeches and Writings of Mother Jones. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.

Task Force on Women's History Project of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Women Came Early: A History of Women in the West Virginia Conference. [S.]: The Task Force, 1986.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Federal Reformatory for Women, Alderson, West Virginia. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Prisons, ca. 1950.

West Virginia University Women's Centenary Project. WVU Women: The First Century. Morgantown: Women's Centenary Project, 1989.

Winn, Sallie Kiger, ed. The Civil War Diary of Mrs. Henrietta Fitzhugh Barr, 1862-63. Marietta, OH: Marietta College, 1963.

Wintz, William D., ed. Civil War Memoirs of Two Rebel Sisters. Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 1989.

Worthy, Adrienne C. West Virginia Women: In Perspective, 1870- 1985. Charleston: West Virginia Women's Commission, 1985.


Alderson, Emma Frances. "My Life: Emma Cornelia Alderson, 1938." West Virginia History 7(January 1946): 109-140.

Bickley, Ancella R. "Midwifery in West Virginia." West Virginia History 49(1990): 55-68.

Davis, Curtis Carroll. "The Civil War's Most Over-Rated Spy." West Virginia History 27(October 1965): 1-9.

Davis, Curtis Carroll. "Helping to Hold the Fort, Elizabeth Zane at Wheeling, 1782: A Case Study in Renown." West Virginia History 44(Spring 1983): 212-225.

Eagan, Shirley C. "`Women's Work, Never Done': West Virginia Farm Women, 1880s-1920s." West Virginia History 49(1990): 21- 36.

Effland, Anne Wallace. "Exciting Battle and Dramatic Fininsh: The West Virginia Woman Suffrage Movement 1867-1916." West Virginia History 46(1985-1986): 137-158.

Effland, Anne Wallace. "Exciting Battle and Dramatic Finish: West Virginia's Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment." West Virginia History 48(1989): 61-92.

Effland, Anne Wallace. "A Profile of Political Activists: Women of the West Virginia Woman Suffrage Movement." West Virginia History 49(1990): 103-114.

Foulk, Virginia. "Women Authors of West Virginia." West Virginia History 25(April 1964): 206-210.

Greene, Janet W. "Strategies for Survival: Women's Work in the Southern Coal Camps." West Virginia History 49(1990): 37- 54.

Hall, Grace M. "Anne Bailey in West Virginia Tradition." West Virginia History 17(October 1955): 22-85.

Hardin, William H. "Elizabeth Kee: West Virginia's First Woman in Congress." West Virginia History 45(1984): 109-124.

Hensley, Frances S. "Women in the Industrial Work Force in West Virginia, 1880-1945." West Virginia History 49(1990): 115- 124.

Hintzen, William. Betty Zane, Lydia Boggs, and Molly Scott: The Gunpowder Exploits at Fort Henry."West Virginia History 55(1996): 95-109.

Howe, Barbara J. "`Home Work' and Nineteenth-Century West Virginia Women." Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review 18(1989): 16-26.

Howe, Barbara J. "The Status of Women's History Research in West Virginia." Ronald L. Lewis and John C. Hennen, Jr., eds. West Virginia History: Critical Essays on the Literature. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1993, 149-184.

Howe, Barbara J. "West Virginia Women's Organizations, 1880s- 1930, or `Unsexed Termagants . . . Help the World Along.'" West Virginia History 49(1990): 81-102.

Jenrette, Jerra. "Labor-Management Conflict in the Eastern Panhandle: Perfection Garment Comapny Battles the ILGWU" West Virginia History 52(1993): 109-126.

Johnson, James P. "Death, Grief and Motherhood: The Woman Who Inspired Mother's Day." West Virginia History 39(January and April 1978): 187-194.

Kreiser, Christine M., ed. "`I wonder whom God will hold responsible': Mary Behner and the Presbyterian Mission on Scotts Run" West Virginia History 53(1994): 61-94.

Lady, Claudia Lynn. "Five Tri-State Women During the Civil War: Day-to-Day Life." West Virginia History 43(Spring 1982): 189- 226.

Lady, Claudia Lynn. "Five Tri-State Women During the Civil War: Views on the War." West Virginia History 43(Summer 1982): 303-321.

Laughlin, Virginia. "Parkersburg: History of the City from Time of its Settlement to Present in Gripping Narrative from the Pen of the Late Miss Kate Harris, from the Parkersburg Dispatch- News of February 16, 1913." West Virginia History 25(July 1964): 241-264.

Melosh, Barbara. "Recovery and Revision: Women's History and West Virginia." West Virginia History 49(1990): 3-6.

Parson, Debra Harmon. "West Virginia Women at Work: A Pictorial Sampler." West Virginia History 49(1990): 125-138.

Pudup, Mary Beth. "Women's Work in the West Virginia Economy." West Virginia History 49(1990): 7-20.

Rose, David W. "The Committee of the Hundred." Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review 15(1985): 2-22.

Rose, David W. "Prostitution and the Sporting Life: Aspects of Working Class Culture and Sexuality in Nineteenth Century Wheeling." Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review 16(Spring- Summer 1987): 7-31.

Rose, David W. "The Trial of Alice Bradford: A Study in the Politics of Prostitution in Wheeling, W. Va." Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review (Autumn-Winter 1986):

Scholten, Pat Creech. "The Old Mother and Her Army: Agitative Strategies of Mary Harris Jones." West Virginia History 40(Summer 1979): 365-374.

Spindel, Donna J. "Women's Legal Rights in West Virginia, 1863-1984" West Virginia History 51(1992): 29-44.

Stutler, Boyd B. "The Kinnan Massacre." West Virginia History 1(October 1939): 30-48.

"A True Narrative of the Sufferings of Mary Kinnan." West Virginia History 1(October 1939): 49-56.

Vossler, Kathryn Babb. "Women and Education in West Virginia, 1810-1909." West Virginia History 36(April 1975): 271- 290.

Waugh, Lillian J. and Judith G. Stitzel. "`Anything but Cordial': Coeducation and West Virginia University's Early Women." West Virginia History 49(1990): 69-80.

Woods, Roy C. "Women in West Virginia's Scheme of Education." West Virginia History 21(October 1959): 22-34.


West Virginia University Public History Program. "Women of West Virginia."

Dissertations and Theses

Cather, Willa Louise. "Portrait of Dr. Louise McNeill Pease, West Virginia Educator." Ph.D. Dissertation, West Virginia Unviersity, 1988.

Gonzales, Suronda. "Talking Like My Grandmothers: Spanish Immigrant Women in Spelter, West Virginia." M.A. Thesis, West Virginia University, 1991.

Jenrette, Jerra. "The Textile Industry in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle." Ph.D. Dissertation, West Virginia University, 1996.

Shifflet, Katherine Hancock. "Politicans' Attitudes Toward the Equal Rights Amendment: A Study of the West Virginia and Virginia State Legislatures." M.S. Thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979.

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