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Women's History Month

2007 - Women in Jamestown and Colonial Virginia


In recognition of Women's History Month and the Jamestown 2007 celebration, the Old Dominion University Libraries is featuring an exhibit, "Women in Jamestown and Colonial Virginia."  The exhibit is available through the month of March 2007 in the main lobby of Perry Library.  

The exhibit includes images and textual materials illustrating the daily life and habits of Colonial and Native American women. Curated by Martha Higgins.

Selected Articles

Bernhard, Virginia. “Men, Women and Children at Jamestown: Population and Gender in Early Virginia 1607-1610.” Journal of Southern History 58:4 (1992): 599-618.

Bly, Antonio T. “The Rebel Within: Unruly Slaves, Women, and Children in Colonial Virginia.” Eighteenth Century Studies 39:1 (2005): 130-134.

Fausz, J. Frederick. “The Missing Women of Martin’s Hundred.” American History 33:1 (1998): 56-60.

McDaid, Jennifer Davis. “Living on a Frontier Part: Virginia Women Among the Indians, 1622-1794.” Virginia Cavalcade 42:3 (1993): 100-111.

Morgan, Edmund S. “The Labor Problem at Jamestown, 1607-1618.” The American Historical Review 76:3 (1971): 595-611.

Quitt, Martin H. “Trade and Acculturation at Jamestown, 1607-1609: The Limits of Understanding.” William and Mary Quarterly 52:2 (1995): 227-258.

Ransome, David R. “Shipt for Virginia: The Beginnings in 1619-1622 of the Great Migration to the Chesapeake.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 103:4 (1995): 443-458.

Ransome, David R. “Wives for Virginia, 1621.” William and Mary Quarterly 48:1 (1991): 3-18.

Ransome, David R. “Village Tensions in Early Virginia: Sex, Land, and Status at the Neck of Land in the 1620’s.” The Historical Journal 43:2 (2000): 365-381.

Robertson, Karen. “Pocahontas at the Masque.” Signs 21:3 (1996): 551-583.

Rountree, Helen C. “Powhatan Indian Women: The People Captain John Smith Barely Saw.” Ethnohistory 45:1 (1998): 1-29.

Smits, David D. “Abominable Mixture: Toward the Repudiation of Anglo-Indian Intermarriage in Seventeenth Century Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 95:2 (1987): 157-192.

Treadway, Sandra Gioia. “New Directions in Virginia Women’s History.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 100:1 (1992): 5-28.

Wawrzyczek, Irmina. “The Women of Accomack Versus Henry Smith: Gender, Legal Recourse, and the Social Order in Seventeenth Century Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 105:1 (1997): 5-26.

Microfilm and Microfiche

American Colonial Records: Virginia Research Publications: 19 reels. E 187.C6V5

Rolfe, John. Virginia in 1616. Richmond: Macfarlane and Fergusson, 1848. Library of American Civilization. Z1236.L53 no. LAC 40127

Selected Web Sites

Virtual Jamestown: Includes excellent primary sources such as court records, maps, and public records.    LINK

Also includes an interpretive essay Women in Early Jamestown

Colonial Settlement 1600’s-1763 Virginia’s Early Relations with Native Americans: Sponsored by the Library of Congress includes links to primary sources.   

Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region 1600-1925:digitized books including first person narratives, early histories and historical biographies capture the region as it developed between European settlement and the 20th century.

Virginia Records Timeline: 1553-1743: Important collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts includes correspondence, official statements and addresses, and records of early Virginia laws.

Exhibit Photo

Selected Books in the ODU Perry Library

Abrams, Ann Uhry. The Pilgrims and Pocahontas: Rival Myths of American Origin. Boulder: Westview Press, 1999. F68.A16 1999

Allen, Paula Gunn. Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat. San Francisco: Harper, 2003. E99.P85 P57145 2003

Ashton, John. The Adventures and Discoveries of Captain John Smith, Sometime President of Virginia and Admiral of New England. London: Cassell, 1883. F229.S714

Barbour, Philip L. Pocahontas and Her World: A Chronicle of America’s First Settlement in Which is Related the Story of the Indians and the Englishmen, Particularly Captain John Smith, Captain Samuel Argall, and Master John Rolfe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970. F 234.J3 B38

Berkin, Carol. Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Documents in Early American History. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998. HQ1416.W67 1998

Beverley, Robert. The History and Present State of Virginia. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg by the University of North Carolina Press, 1947. F229.B593

Billings, Warren M. The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century: A Documentary History of Virginia, 1606-1689. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia by the University of North Carolina Press, 1975. F 229.B615

Bloch, Ruth H. Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture 1650-1800. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. HQ 1416.B53 2003

Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and Power in Colonial Virginia.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996. F229.B8783 1996

Bruce, Philip Alexander. Social Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century. Richmond, VA: Whittet and Shepperson, 1907. F229.B89

Cole, Anna Cunningham. The Jamestown Princess: Pocahontas Legends. Norfolk: Anna Cunningham Cole, 1907. PS 3505.O26.J3 1907

Collins, Gail. America's Women . New York: William Morrow, 2003.

Cott, Nancy F. Root of Bittnerness: Documents of the Social History of American Women . Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996.

Davidson, Thomas E. Powhatan’s Mantle. Willaimsburg: Jamestown Settlement, 1990. E 90.P7D25 1990

Dexter, Elisabeth Anthony. Colonial Women of Affairs: Women in Business and the Professions Before 1776. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. E 195.D522

Eldridge, Larry D. Women and Freedom in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 1997. HQ 1416.W65 1997

Frey, Sylvia R. New World New Roles: A Documentary History of Women in Pre-Industrial America. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986. HQ 1416.F74 1986

Hatch, Charles E. The First Seventeen Years: Virginia, 1606-1624. Williamsburg: Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, 1957. F229.S93 v.6

Hoobler, Dorothy. Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, 2006. F229.S7 H66 2006

Horn, James P. A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America. New York: Basic Books, 2005. F 234.J3 H66 2005

Jester, Annie Lash. Adventures of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1625. Princeton, 1956. F229.J4

Jester, Annie Lash. Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century. Williamsburg: Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, 1957. F229.S93 V. 17

Kaminsky, Jane. The Colonial Mosaic: American Women 1600-1760. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Lebstock, Suzanne. “A Share of Honour”: Virginia Women 1600-1945. Richmond: The Project, 1984. HQ 1438.V8S52 1984

Lemay, J.A. Leo. Did Pocahontas Save Captain John Smith? Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1992. F229.S7L47 1992

Leonard, Eugenie Andruss. The American Woman in Colonial and Revolutionary Times, 1565-1800: A Syllabus with Bibliography. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1962. HQ 1416.L46

Mays, Dorothy A. Women in Early America: Struggle, Survival, and Freedom in a New World. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004. REF HQ1416.M395 2004

McCary, Ben C. Indians in Seventeenth century Virginia. Williamsburg: Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, 1957. F229.S93 v. 18

Merritt, Jane T. At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. E78.P4 M47 2003

Norton, May Beth. Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. HQ1075.5.U6 N67 1996

Pesantubbee, Michelene. Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World: The Clash of Cultures in the Colonial Southeast. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005. E99.C8 P48 2005

Price, David. Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation. New York: Knopf, 2003. F234.J3 P68 2003

Puc, Krystyna. Leaving England Behind: The Experience of Women in Northampton County, Virginia, 1650-1699. Dissertation. George Washington University, 1994. Available via Dissertations and Theses Fulltext.

Rafael, Elaine and Don Bolognese. Pocahontas: Princess of the River Tribes. New York: Scholastic, 1993. Juv E99.P85P576 1993

Riley, Glenda. Inventing the American Woman: a perspective on women's history. Arlington Heights, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1986. HQ1410.R55 1986

Rolfe, John. A True Relation of the State of Virginia Lefte by Sir Thomas Dale, Knight, in May last 1616. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1971. F229.R82 1971

Rountree, Helen C. Before and After Jamestown: Virginia’s Powhatans and Their Predecessors. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002. E99.P85 R66 2002

Rountree, Helen. Pocahontas Powhatan Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown. Charlottesville: Univesrity of Virginia Press, 2005. E99.P85 R665 2005

Rountree, Helen C. Powhatan Foreign Relations, 1500-1722. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993. E99.P85 P683 1993

Rountree, Helen C. Young Pocahontas in the Indian World. Yorktown: J and R Graphics Services, 1995. E99.P85 R69 1995

Saxton, Martha. Being Good: Women’s Moral Values in Early America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003. BJ1610. S39 2003

Smith, John. Works. The Complete Works of Captain John Smith (1580-1631). Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 1986. (3 volumes) F229.S59 1986.

Snyder, Terri L. Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. HQ1438.V5 S68 2003

Southern, Ed, ed. The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony 1605-1614. Winston Salem: John Blair, 2004.

Sprigg, June. Domestick beings. New York: Knopf, 1984. HQ1418.S65 1984

Spruill, Julia Cherry. Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies. New York: Norton, 1972. HQ1416.S65 1972

Steele, Ian K. The Human Tradition in Colonial America. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources Inc., 1999. E 187.5.H88 1999

Sturtz, Linda L. Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial America. New York: Routledge, 2002. HQ1438.V8 S78 2002

Tate, Thad W. The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 1979. F 187.C5C46

Thompson, Roger. Women in Stuart England and America: A Comparative Study. London: Routledge, 1974. HQ1150.T48 1974

Townsend, Camilla. Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004. E99.P85 P5797 2004

Treckel, Paula A. To Comfort the Heart: Women in Seventeenth Century America. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996. HQ 1416.T74 1996

Tucker, George Holbert. Cavalier Saints and Sinners: Virginia History Through a Keyhole.Norfolk: Virginian Pilot, 1990

Volo, James M. and Dorothy Denneen Volo. Family Life in 17th and 18th Century America. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Waldrup, Carole Chandler. Colonial Women: 23 Europeans Who Helped Build a Nation. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999.

Waldrup, Carole Chandler. More Colonial Women: 25 Pioneers of Early America. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co., 2004 E 187.5.W36 2004

White, John. America, 1585: The Complete Drawings of John White. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. NC242.W53A4 1984

Williams, Selma. Demeter’s Daughters: the Women Who Founded America, 1587-1787. New York: Atheneum, 1976. HQ1416.W54

Williamson, Margaret Holmes. Powhatan Lords of Life and Death: Command and Consent in Seventeenth Century Virginia. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. E 99.P85 W55 2003