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Guide to Susan Groag Bell's An Annotated bibliography of British Women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 : research and reference materials, 1986-1998
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    Title: Susan Groag Bell's An Annotated bibliography of British Women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 : research and reference materials,
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1998
    Collection number: Special Collections M0918
    Creator: Bell, Susan Groag
    Extent: 15.75 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Susan Groag Bell, 1997 and 1998.

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    [Identification of item] Susan Groag Bell's An Annotated bibliography of British Women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 : research and reference materials, M0918, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Susan Groag Bell is a historian and Affiliated Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She has published numerous books and articles on women's history. Working with Barbara Kanner, a Los Angeles historian and specialist in British women's bibliography, volunteer readers were asked to read and assess autobiographies written or published by British women between 1780 and 1950, completing detailed questionnaires (366 questions) about the women which were developed by Bell and Kanner. "British" women were defined for the project as women who spent a considerable part of their lives in Britain, including women who were born there but later lived or became citizens elsewhere. The dates were chosen to insure full coverage of the 19th century. Roughly one thousand titles were included in the study. Thematic indices were used for such issues as work patterns, professions, lifestyles, spirituality, and politics. The work was funded in part by an NEH grant. As of the current date, 1997, research is still ongoing. Barbara Kanner has published a bibliography of the autobiographies and Bell is continuing to supervise and organize the completion of the questionnaires.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes the questionnaires, together with the original NEH grant proposal and correspondence.

    Access Terms

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    British literaturey20th century.
    Women -- Autobiographies.
    Women -- Great Britain.