One of the programs for which I am the librarian at my institution is Women’s History. Students in this program base much of their work on primary sources. As such, I am constantly on the lookout for resources offering free feminist/gender studies primary documents.
Discovering American Women’s History is one such excellent open access source. Maintained by librarian Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University, the database “simplifies access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States.”
Users can browse the database by subject (a librarian’s dream), state, time period, primary source types, and all digital collections. Presently, time periods covered by the database range from the 1600s to 2009, and there are nearly 500 items in the database.
One of my favorite collections is a group of covers from lesbian pulp novels written between 1935-1965.