Databases: Women and social movements library

Women and social movements library

The Women and Social Movements websites were launched in December 1997 at the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton, with the online appearance of Women and Social Movements in the United States (WASM). The site published "document projects," an innovative format for historical study. Each document project has a title that poses a new historical question, assembles 20-30 primary sources that address the question, and offers a scholarly essay that interprets the documents as a group. WASM's collection of document projects grew rapidly until the site became an online database and journal in 2004, co-published twice annually by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and Alexander Street. WASM in the US became a peer-reviewed journal and in addition to document projects began publishing 5,000 pages annually of Primary Source Sets, as well as book reviews, news from archives, and occasional scholarly essays. Resources on the site explore American women's history since the late 17th century, with a particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.