- Abell, L. G., Mrs. The Skilful Housewife's Book; or,
complete guide to domestic cookery, taste, comfort and
economy. New York: D. Newell, . E 12mo #6152
- This slim volume addresses "the science of life" in its moral,
physical, and economic aspects. Includes medical information, moral
hints, gardening tips, parenting advice, and 659 recipes.
C, D, H, MO, R
- American Lady. A Hand-Book of Etiquette for Ladies.
New York: Leavitt and Allen, 1847. E 12mo #6028
- A tiny volume with dozens of tips on dress, conversation,
parties, dining, correspondence, and servants. E, F, M,
- Arthur, Timothy Shay. Advice to Young Ladies on their
Duties and Conduct in Life. Boston: Phillips and Sampson,
1848. E #19425
- "Right modes of thinking are the basis of all correct action.
This [is] a most important truism, and one which every young lady
should regard as the foundation upon which her whole character
should be laid." E, F, H, M, R
- Dixon, Edward H. Woman and Her Diseases, From the Cradle to
the Grave... New York: Charles H. Ring, 1848. E 12mo
- Advocating the idea that "woman should be instructed in the
laws of her own existence," Dixon examines the causes, symptoms,
and treatment of women's health problems. H
- Fowler, Orson Squire. Love and Parentage, Applied to the
Improvement of Offspring... New York: Fowler and Wells, 1844.
E 12mo #6178
- "We are under a moral obligation...to become parents, and thus
fulfill this high function, this exalted destiny of us all; nor can
they attain the perfect stature of men and women, who do not."
H, M, MO, S
- Fry, Caroline. A Word to Women; the love of the world, and
other gatherings. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1840. LSC
- A "collection of short pieces" with a Christian perspective on
women's conduct, social role, and education. E, ED,
- Godey's Lady's Book [serial]. Philadelphia: L.A.
Godey, 1844. E Pam qG579M, v.29 no.9) Library has: v.26-27; v.29
no.9; v.40-43; v.55-56; v.58-60; v.62-77.
- This magazine contains beautiful engravings, sheet music,
poetry, and fiction, including The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe.
- Hawes, Joel. A Looking-Glass for Ladies, or, The Formation
and Excellence of the Female Character. Boston: William D.
Ticknor, 1845. E Pam 12mo #7089
- This essay written by a Connecticut pastor examines the
characteristics and influence of a "virtuous woman" and discusses
the "inspired standard of female excellence." E, ED, M, MO,
- The Mother's Guide in Physical Education: or, prevention
better than cure. Greenfield, Mass.: Merriam & Mirick,
1846. E M918G
- The author argues that children should be "taught to act the
part of wisdom - to prefer health to pleasure - and intellectual
enjoyment, to sensual gratifications." H, MO
- Webster, Thomas. An Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848. LSC 640 W384E
- This "invaluable compendium of useful knowledge, on subjects
which intimately relate to domestic happiness" contains nearly
1,000 engravings. C, D, H, SR
Throughout this bibliography, these subject letter codes are
used to identify works relating to a particular topic. The guide is
displayed at the bottom of each page.
- C = Cookery
- CH = Children's prescriptive literature
- D = Domestic management
- E = Etiquette/conduct
- ED = Education
- F = Fashion/beauty
- H = Health
- M = Marriage
- MO = Motherhood
- N = Narrative/fiction/poetry
- P = Political and social issues
- PA = Pastimes
- R = Religious life/morality
- RF = Reference works
- S = Sexuality
- SR = Servants
- W = Work/employment outside the home