Everyday Life & Women in America, c.1800-1920

July 09, 2021

Grinnell College Libraries has access to Adam Matthew's Everyday Life & Women in America showcasing unique primary source material for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Everyday Life & Women in America comprises thousands of fully searchable images of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social, and gender issues; religion; race; education; employment; marriage; sexuality; home and family life; health; and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban, and rural cultures.


Unique primary sources cover the following themes:

  • political and social issues
  • race
  • religion
  • family
  • popular fiction and sensational literature
  • children's prescriptive literature
  • periodicals
  • women
  • fashion and beauty
  • cookery
  • medicine
  • education
  • work
  • farming

In Thematic Areas you can read short introductions to the major thematic areas of the collection.

Interactive and Secondary Teaching Aids

  • Thematic Areas showcasing some of the collection’s highlights
  • introductory guide to Town Topics; the periodical Town Topics chronicled the New York social world during the height of the Gilded Age
  • contextual essays written by leading academics and collection specialists
  • an interactive chronology charting key dates in 19th and early 20th century American history
  • Subject search directories providing key subjects found within Everyday Life & Women in America

Questions? Contact a librarian or request a Library Lab.

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