The Open Collections Program of Harvard University Library recently announced the completion of its first on-line collection: “Women Working, 1800-1930,” & it is promising, indeed.
Featuring approximately 500,000 pages and images documenting women’s roles in theU.S. economy between 1800 and the Great Depression, including working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the work place, and social issues: digitized pages and images of selected rare and historical books, institutional papers, personal papers, diaries, and photographs from Harvard’s network of libraries, archives, and museums.
The collection is completely free and available to anyone with access to the Internet. The second Open Collection, entitled “Emigration and Immigration, 1789-1930” will become available in Spring 2006, and a third Open Collection on contagion and infectious disease between ca.1700 and 1930 is also forthcoming.
Projects such as this & the Library of Congress’ American Memory Project make me happy to be a historical researcher in the 21st century….