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American Women Symposium


June 19-20, 2003
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor
Thomas Jefferson Building

Webcasts of all the symposium proceedings are available. To watch streaming video of the speakers' presentations and discussions with the audience, select the View Webcast links from the Webcast of Proceedings page

On Thursday and Friday, June 19-20, 2003, the Library of Congress sponsored a free, two-day symposium titled, "Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History." The event highlighted current research in the field of American women's history, showcased the Library's magnificent multiformat holdings, and explored in particular the sources and methodologies being used by academic scholars, filmmakers, journalists, theatrical performers, museum curators, children's book authors, and others who are uncovering and presenting the story of American women's experiences to a variety of audiences.

Cover image of American Women, a new book from the Library of CongressThe panelists, reflecting the diversity of the Library's researchers, described interesting sources and where to find them, discussed new and creative ways of interpreting familiar sources, contemplated the effects of the electronic revolution on women's history research, and suggested how the nation's library can sustain and promote cutting-edge research in the field of women's history.

The symposium capped a multiyear effort to identify and publicize the Library's holdings in American women's history, which included the December 2001 publication of the 456-page American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States and the June 2003 release of a companion American Women Web site that serves as a gateway to conducting research in the Library's vast online and traditional resources in American women's history. The print version of American Women is available from major booksellers, through the University Press of New England, and from the Library of Congress Sales Shop.

Funding for the symposium and film series was made possible by grants from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division Benjamin Fund and the James H. Billington Endowment.

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