The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture is a broad-based women's history archives and library and is an integral part of Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Notable collection strengths include Southern women, girl culture, domestic culture, women authors and publishers, lay and ordained church women, women artists, the history of feminist theory and activism, women's sexuality and gender expression, and women of color:
Women in the American South from the 18th century to the present;
Women's political activities: especially women's organizational activities in the South from the 19th century to the present, and local and national feminist activism from the 1960s to the present;
Women's sexuality, gender identity, and expression;
Women and religion: especially in Protestant churches and specifically in Methodist churches;
Women artists including an extensive collection of artist's books by women;
Girl culture including extensive collections of zines by girls (and women);
Literary women including the records of publishers as well as the published works and papers of writers such as Susan Ketchin, Mab Segrest, Peggy Payne, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Kathy Acker and numerous others;
Women's work in industry as documented in company records: especially textile mills in the South, and in the organizational records of the CIO, the Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth, and the Southeast Women's Employment Coalition;
Women's domestic and social life: especially in the rural and urban South, includes a wide range of prescriptive literature, personal diaries and letters, and family papers; and
Women's education, primarily in the 19th and early 20th century South.
The depth and breadth of manuscripts materials relating to women and gender are reflected in our Subject Guides. More specific subject areas such as the Women's Movement, Civil War women, sexuality, and women and education are highlighted in these guides.