Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

The publication of the first volumes of Notable American Women in 1971 was a watershed event in women’s history. By uncovering and documenting the enormous contributions that women had made—previously overlooked or underappreciated—this important reference work changed the way historians thought and wrote about American history. For each subject, Notable American Women offers a substantial interpretive biographical essay by a distinguished authority that integrates the woman’s personal life with her professional achievements set in the context of larger historical developments.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I: 1607–1950, A–F

Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I: 1607–1950, A–F

James, Edward T.

This superb biographical dictionary covers the lives of exceptional women throughout three and a half centuries of American history. Here are artists, lawyers, reformers, educators, entrepreneurs, physicists, writers, pioneers, presidents’ ladies, film stars. Here are those known for their deeds and those famed for their looks—the genteel and the disreputable, the highborn and slave-born. Here are the famous in all areas of endeavor. Here also are many names rescued from obscurity.

2.Cover: Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume II: 1607–1950, G–O

Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume II: 1607–1950, G–O

James, Edward T.

This superb biographical dictionary covers the lives of exceptional women throughout three and a half centuries of American history. Here are artists, lawyers, reformers, educators, entrepreneurs, physicists, writers, pioneers, presidents’ ladies, film stars. Here are those known for their deeds and those famed for their looks—the genteel and the disreputable, the highborn and slave-born. Here are the famous in all areas of endeavor. Here also are many names rescued from obscurity.

3.Cover: Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume III: 1607–1950, P–Z

Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume III: 1607–1950, P–Z

James, Edward T.

This superb biographical dictionary covers the lives of exceptional women throughout three and a half centuries of American history. Here are artists, lawyers, reformers, educators, entrepreneurs, physicists, writers, pioneers, presidents’ ladies, film stars. Here are those known for their deeds and those famed for their looks—the genteel and the disreputable, the highborn and slave-born. Here are the famous in all areas of endeavor. Here also are many names rescued from obscurity.

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