Women's History

The Clarke Historical Library's holdings of material, published and unpublished, for the study of women and their roles in society are varied. In the library's collections are the accounts of teachers, authors, activists, politicians, missionaries, and homemakers. A variety of women have left records of their lives and these bibliographies should make this rich resource more easily available to researchers.

Additional materials are always being added to the library's collections. As they are added they are put on the online catalog. The online catalog should be consulted for information about new materials.

This page includes lists of autobiographies and biographies. Please see our Group Biography page for additional information.

Biography and Autobiography

If you know the name of the author you are seeking please select the first letter of the name from the list of letters below.







V, W & Y



Adams, Abigail 1744-1818.
Adams, Abigail. The Adams Family in Auteuil 1784-1785, as told in the letters of Abigail Adams.Boston, MA: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1956. 31 p.

  • Wife of President John Adams.

Aidan, Mary 1914-1952.
McFell, John L. Trust Betrayed: The Murder of Sister Mary Aidan. Cape Town: Nasionale Boeckhandel, 1963. 153 p.

  • Missionary in South Africa.
Aiken, Lizzie 1817-1906.
Anderson, Mary. The Story of Aunt Lizzie Aiken. Chicago, IL: Jansen, McClurg, 1880. 226 p.


  • Illinois pioneer, Civil War nurse, Missionary in Chicago.

Ainse, Sally.
Hamil, Fred C. Sally Ainse, Fur Trader. Detroit, MI: The Algonquin Club, 1939. 27 p.

Anderson, Julie B.
Anderson, Julie B. I Married a Logger; Life in Michigan's Tall Timber. NY: Exposition Press, 1951. 328 p.

Anderson, Louise.
Anderson, Louise. After the Sun has Set: Memories of 1898. NY: Vantage Press, 1987. 111p.

  • Year in the life of a 7 year old girl on a farm in Wisconsin in 1898.

Armstrong, Elsie Strawn 1789-1871.
Armstrong, James E. Life of a Woman Pioneer, as Illustrated in the Life of Elsie Strawn Armstrong 1789-1871. Chicago, IL: [J.F.Higgins, 1931.] 127 p.

  • Illinois pioneer. Autobiography compiled from a rhymes she composed.



Baba, of Karo 1877-1951.
Baba of Karo, A Woman of the Muslin Hausa. New Haven, CN: Yale University Press, 1981. 299 p.

  • The Hausa are of South Africa.

Baldwin, Alice Blackwood ca. 1845-1930.
Baldwin, Alice B. An Army Wife on the Frontier: The Memoirs of Alice Blackwood Baldwin, 1867-1877. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Library, 1975. 118 p.

Baldwin, Julie.
Baldwin, Julie. Never a Dull Moment: The Record of Two Long Lives. Grand Rapids, MI: J. Baldwin, 1979. 225 p.
Baldwin, Julie. There is Life in the Old Girl Yet. Grand Rapids, MI: J. Baldwin, 1981. 163 p.

  • Life in Michigan and the world travels of the Baldwins.

Baldwin, Martha 1840-1913.
Pastor, Joni F. Woman's Work: The Story of Martha Baldwin. Birmingham, MI: Baldwin Public Library, 1976. 161 p.

  • Teacher and activist of the Birmingham, Michigan area.

Ballard, Florence
Wilson, Randall. Forever Faithful: A Study of Florence Ballard and the Supremes. San Francisco, CA: Renaissance Sound, 1987. 75 p.

  • Popular musician.

Ballou, Fannie Lillian 1886-1921.
Ballou, Lillian E. The Story of Fannie Lillian Ballou, Written by her Mother. [Battle Creek, MI:Gage Printing Co., 1922] 148 p.

  • Kalamazoo teacher.

Barton, Clara 1821-1912.
Barton, William. The Life of Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross. Boston, MA:Houghton-Mifflin, 1922. 2 vols.

Bighead, Kate
Marquis, Thomas B. She Watched Custer's Last Battle (Kate Bighead, Cheyenne Indian). Hardin, MT: Custer Battle Museum, 1933. 8 p.

Blaker, Eliza 1854-1926.
Thornbrough, Emma L. Eliza A. Blaker, Her Life and Work. Indianapolis, IN: Eliza A. BlakerClub, 1956. 94 p.

  • Kindergarten work and teacher training in Indiana.

Blanchard, Paula L.
Blanchard, Paula L. 'Till Politics do us Part: A Political Wife's Declaration of Independence. Franklin, MI: Altwerger & Mandel, 1990. 237 p.

  • Wife of James Blanchard, Governor of Michigan.

Bloomer, Amelia 1818-1894.
Bloomer, Dexter. Life and Writing of Amelia Bloomer. Boston, MA: Arena Publishing Co., 1895. 387 p.

  • Pioneer in the Woman's Movement.

Boening, Mary L.
Boening, Mary L. Memories and Thoughts of Yesterday. Rodney, MI: BGL Publishing Co., 1984. 64 p.

  • Stories from her life.

Bosworth, Joanna
Papers of Joanna Shipman Bosworth, Being the Diary of a Carriage Trip Made in 1834 by Charles Shipman and His Daughters, Joanna and Betsey, from Athens, Ohio to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, and a Family History. [Privately published by Henry Dawes, 1914]. 44 p.

Bohannan, Laura.
Bohannan, Laura. Return to Laughter. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964. 297 p. West Africa.

Branch, Mabel M.
Branch, Mabel M. My Book: An Autobiography. N.P., 1952. 287 p.

  • Otisville, Michigan childhood and teaching career.

Branson, Ann 1808-1891.
Branson, Ann. Journey of Ann Branson, a Minister of the Gospel in the Society of Friends. Philadelphia, PA: W.H. Pile's Sons, 1892. 408 p.

Brewster, Mildred 1900-
Brewster, Mildred. Red Leaves . NY: Pageant Press, 1959. 105 p.

  • Life at the turn of the century.

Brooks, Gwendolyn 1917-
Brooks, Gwendolyn. Report From Part One. Detroit, MI: Broadside Press, 1972. 215p.

  • Autobiographical. Afro-American Poet.

Brown, Harriet C. 1827-1927.
Brown, Harriet C. Grandmother Brown's First Hundred Years, 1827-1927. Boston: Little, Brown, 1929. 369 p.

  • "An epic of American life and later days in the Middle West."

Brownson, Josephine 1880-1942.
Romig, Walter. Josephine Van Dyke Brownson. Detroit, MI: Gabriel Richard Press, 1955. 150 p.

  • Founder of the Catholic Instruction League, Detroit, Michigan.

Burger, Louisa M.
Burger, Louisa M. Swing That Pail: One-Room School Days. Point Reyes Station, CA: Floating Island Pubs., 1992. 67 p.

Burlend, Rebecca 1793-
Burlend, Rebecca. A True Picture of Emigration: Or, Fourteen Years in the Interior of North America; Being a Full and Impartial Account of the Various Difficulties and Ultimate Success of an English Family who Emigrated from Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds, in the Year 1831. London: G. Berger, [1848]. Reprint edition: Chicago, IL: Lakeside Press, 1936.

  • Settlers in Pike County, Illinois.

Burnett, Patricia Hill 1920-
Burnett, Patricia Hill. True Colors: An Artist's Journey From Beauty Queen to Feminist. Troy:Momentum Books, 1995. 188 p.

Burt, Elizabeth 1839-
Mattes, Merrill J. Indians, Infants, and Infantry: Andrew and Elizabeth Burt on the Frontier. Denver, CO: Old West Pub. Co., 1960. 304 p.

  • Primarily for the years 1866-1876.



Calamity Jane 1852-1903.
Clairmonte, Glenn. Calamity was the Name for Jane. Denver, CO: Sage Books, 1959. 215 p.
Jennewein, John L. Calamity Jane of the Western Trails. Huron, SD: Dakota Books, 1953. 47 p.
Numey, Nolie. Calamity Jane, 1852-1903: A History of her Life and Adventures in the West. Denver, CO: Range Press, 1950. 146 p.
Sollid, Roberta. Calamity Jane:A Study in Historical Criticism. Helena, MT:Western, 1958. 147 p

Carrington, Margaret 1831-1870.
Carrington, Margaret. Ab-sa-ra-ka, Home of the Crows: Being the Experience of an Officer's Wife on Plains... Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1868. 284 p.
Carrington, Margaret. Ab-sa-ra-ka, Land of Massacre. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1878. 383 p.

  • Set in northern Wyoming and southern Montana.

Carroll, Anna E. 1815-1894.
Greenbie, Sydney. Anna Ella Carroll and Abraham Lincoln, a Biography. Manchester, ME: University of Tampa Press, 1952. 539 p.
Noble, Hollister. Woman with a Sword: The Biographical Novel of Anna Ella Carroll of Maryland. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952. 395 p.

Cary, Alice 1820-1871.
Cary, Phoebe 1824-1871. Cary, Alice. Clovernook: or, Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West. Clinton Hall, NY: Redfield, 1852. 342 p.
Cary, Alice. The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary: With a Memorial of Their Lives by Mary Clemmer. NY: Hurd and Houghton, 1877. 435 p.

  • Writers of Ohio.

Catherwood, Mary H. 1847-1902.
Wilson, Milton. Biography of Mary Hartwell Catherwood. Newark, OH: American Tribune Printing, 1904. 89 p.

  • Catherwood was an Author.

Chambers, Charlotte - 1821.
Garrard, Lewis. Memoir of Charlotte Chambers. Philadelphia, PA: 1856. 135 p.

  • "Letters written by Charlotte Chambers, while she lived near Cincinnati from 1797 to 1821."

Chandler, Elizabeth 1807-1834.
Chandler, Elizabeth. The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler; With a Memoir of her Life and Character. Philadelphia, PA: L. Howell, 1836. 180 p.

  • Abolitionist.

Chapman, Alida. 1890?-1976
Chapman, Alida. Looking Back. Delhi Township, MI: Bicentennial Commission, 1976. 353 p.

  • Compilation of articles about Ingham County, Michigan.

Chase, Deiadamia. 1802-
Whitney, L. M. Hammond. Trials and Triumphs of an Orphan Girl, or, The Biography of Mrs.Deiadamia Chase, Physician and Phrenologist. Courtland, NY: Van Slyck & Hitchcock, 1859. 230 p.

Christian, Sarah B.
Christian, Sarah B. Winter on Isle Royale. (A Narrative of the Life on Isle Royale during the years 1874 and 1875.) n.p. 1932. 44 p.

Clemans, Sarah Isabella 1840-1885.
Clemans, Sarah Isabella. Flowers From the Pathway of a Consecrated Life; or, The Writings of Mrs. Sarah Isabella Clemans. Columbus, OH: W. G. Hubbard, 1886. 296p.

  • Religious poetry, essays, and letters.

Clemenc, Ana K. 1888-1956
Burns, Virginia Law. Tall Annie. Bach, MI: Enterprise Press, 1987. 108 p.

  • Leader of the Copper Miners' Strike, 1913-1914.

Clemens, Jane 1803-1890.
Varble, Rachel. Jane Clemens: The Story of Mark Twain's Mother. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964. 374 p.

Clements, Grace N.
Clements, Grace N. I Heard School Bells, Oil Wells and Children's Laughter. Winona, MN: Apollo Books, 1984. 83 p.
Clements, Grace N. North Fork Days. Chicago, IL: Adams Press, 1976. 58 p.

  • Teacher.

Clotilda, Mother Mary 1841-1914.
Xaveria, M., Sister. Mother Mary Clotilda and Early Companions: of the Sisters, Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary. NY: P. J. Kennedy, 1928. 268 p.

Coon, Auntie 1829-.
Coon, Arvilla Damon. Life and Labors of Auntie Coon. Atlanta, MI: Repairer office, 1905. 301 p.

  • Evangelist.

Corning, Nina B.
Corning, Nina B. Notes from Nina: A Family History from Nina's Original Manuscript. Flint, MI: B.A. Corning, 1985. 56 p.

  • Wexford County, Michigan.

Cotton, Phebe E.
Cotton, Phebe E. Phebe in Wonderland: An Account of Life as it was Growing Up in Lupton, Michigan. 1911-1929. n.p., 1983. 77 p.

Crowell, Leonora A. 1859-1932.
Crowell, Leonora A. Leonora A. Crowell Letters, 1882-1885. Iron Mountain, MI: Mid-PeninsulaLibrary Federation, 1976. 68 p.

  • Iron County, Michigan.

Cunningham, Mary 1951 - .
Cunningham, Mary. Powerplay:What Really Happened at Bendix. NY: Linden Press, 1984. 286 p.

  • Business woman.

Cushman, Pauline. 1833-1893
Sarmiento, Ferdinand. Life of Pauline Cushman. The Celebrated Union Spy and Scout comprising her early history; her entry into the Secret Service of the Army of the Cumberland, and Exciting Adventures with the Rebel Chieftans and others while within the Enemies Lines; Together with her Capture and Sentence to Death by General Bragg and Final Rescue by the Union Army under General Rosecrans. The Whole Carefully Prepared from her Notes and Memoranda. Philadelphia, PA: J.H. Potter, 1865. 374 p.

Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. 1842-1933
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. "Boots and Saddles."; or, Life in Dakota with General Custer. NY:Harper and Brothers, 1885. 312 p.
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. The Civil War Memories of Elizabeth Bacon Custer: Reconstructed from her Diaries and Notes. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1994. 181 p.
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. Following the Guidon. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1890. 341 p.
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon. Tenting on the Plains; Or General Custer in Kansas and Texas. NY: C.L. Webster, 1887. 202 p.
Custer, George A. and Elizabeth B. The Custer Story: The Life and Intimate Letters of General George A. and his wife Elizabeth . NY: Devin-Adair, 1950. 339 p.
Frost, Lawrence A. General Custer's Libbie. Seattle, WA: Superior Publishing Company, 1976. 336 p.
Leckie, Shirley. Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. 419 p.





Dalrymple, Hattie Church.
Dalrymple, Hattie Church. A Backward Look: Reminiscences of Fostoria, Michigan. N.p., 1967. 24 p.

Day, Elizabeth 1806-1891.
Trowbridge, Mary E. Pioneer Days. The Life Story of Gershom and Elizabeth Day. Philadelphia, PA: American Baptist Publication Society, 1895. 160 p.

  • Baptist Minister and his wife who came to Michigan in 1836 and worked in Niles and Sturgis.

Day, Mary L. 1836-
Arms, Mary L. Incidents in the Life of a Blind Girl. Mary L. Day, a Graduate of the Maryland Institution for the Blind. Baltimore, MD: J. Young, 1859. 206 p.

De Boer, Robby 1957- . De Boer, Robby. Losing Jessica. NY: Doubleday, 1994. 288 p.

  • Adoptive parents in Michigan who had to return the child to her birth mother.

De Bra, Sarah B. 1864-1957
De Bra, Sarah B. Sweet Memories of "Old Indianie" in 1870: Personal Experience and Memories of the Author, written circa 1840. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, 1979. 140 p.

Dietz, Nettie F.
Dietz, Nettie F. A White Woman In a Black Man's Country, Three Thousand Miles Up the Nile to Rejaf. Omaha, NE: Privately Printed, 1926 [c. 1914]. 327 p.

  • Egypt.

Dinesen, Isak. 1885-1962
Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa. NY: Random House, 1938. 389 p. Dinesen, Isak. Shadows on the Grass. NY: Random House, 1960. 149 p.

  • Autobiographical accounts of life on a coffee plantation in Kenya.

Dravenstatt, Lizzie A. 1855-1928
Dravenstatt, Lizzie A. Seasons for Growing: The Diaries of Lizzie A. Dravenstatt, 1870-1928. Burton, MI: P.S. Brown, 1992. 2 vols.

  • Portland, Michigan.

Dubois, Silvia.
Larison, Cornelius W. Sylvia Dubois, (Now 116 Years Old): A Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt her Mistres and Gand her Fredom. Ringoes, NJ: C.W. Larison, 1883. 124 p.

  • Slavery in New Jersey and Spelling Reform.

Durham, Louisa E. 1979?-1841
Durham, Louisa E. Lady Durham's Journal, Canada. Quebec: Telegraph Printing Co., 1915. 61 p.

  • April to December 1838 at a time when her husband was Governor-General of Canada.

Dwight, Margaret. 1790-1834
Dwight, Margaret. A Journey to Ohio in 1810, as Recorded in the Journal of Margaret Van Horn Dwight. New Haven, CN: Yale University Press, 1913. 64 p.



Eddy, Mary Baker. 1821-1910
Sellers, Charles Wesley. The Private Life of Mary Baker Eddy, Champion of a Mirage. Detroit, MI: Privately Printed, 1935. 56 p.

  • Founder of Christian Science.

Edmonds, Sarah Emma Evelyn. 1841-1898
Dannett, Sylvia G. She Rode With the Generals: The True and Incredible Story of Sarah Emma Seelye, Alias Franklin Thompson. NY: T. Nelson, 1960. 326 p.
Edmonds, S. Emma E. Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: Comprising the Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battle Fields. Hartford, CN: W.S. Williams, 1865. 384 p.
Edmonds, S. Emma E. Nurse and Spy: Thrilling Story of adventures of a Woman Who Served as a Union Soldier. Washington, DC: National Tribune, 1900. 179 p.
Stevens, Bryna. Frank Trompson: Her Civil War Story. NY: Macmillan, 1992. 144 p.

  • She enlisted in the Civil War as a man.

Eldridge, Elleanor. 1785-?
Eldridge, Elleanor. Memoirs of Elleanor. Providence, RI: B.T. Albro, 1842. 128 p.

  • African-American before the Civil War.

Ellsworth, Dorothea Jorgensen. Ellsworth, Dorothea J. Dreams Do Come True. Stanton, MI: Dorothea Ellsworth, 1989. 286 p.
Ellsworth, Dorothea J. Give Me My Dreams. Stanton, MI: Dorothea Ellsworth, 1988. 344 p.
Ellsworth, Dorothea J. The Long Awaited Dream. Stanton, MI: Dorothea Ellsworth, 1991. 325 p.
Ellsworth, Dorothea J. No Time To Dream. Stanton, MI: Dorothea Ellsworth, 1987. 201 p.
Ellsworth, Dorothea J. This Dream is Real. Stanton, MI: Dorothea Ellsworth, 1990. 349 p.

  • From childhood to teaching to housewife in the Belding, Big Rapids, Entrican area of Michigan.

Ernest, Catherine.
Davis, Marion M. Catherine Ernest in Old Detroit. Asheville, NC: Inland Press, 1954. 28 p.

  • Detroit in 1797 to 1812.,



Farnham, Eliza W. 1815-1864.
Farnham, Eliza W. Life in Prairie Land. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1846. 408 p.

  • Pioneer in Illinois.

Ferraro, Geraldine
Breslin, Rosemary. Gerry! A Woman Making History. NY: Pinnacle Books, 1984. 162 p.
Katz, Lee Michael. My Name is Geraldine Ferraro: An Unauthorized Biography. NY: New American Library, 1984. 224 p.

  • Candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1984. Member of the United States House of Representatives.

Fiegler, Mother Mary Aquinata. 1849-1915

Kildee, Sister Mary Philomena. Memoirs of Mother Mary Aquinata Fiegler, O.P., First Mother General of the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Congregation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Grand Rapids, MI: The James Bayne Company, 1928. 128p.

Fisher, Harriet White.
Fisher, Harriet White. A Woman's World Tour in a Motor. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Co., 1911. 360 p.

Fisher, Mary. 1948-
Fisher, Mary. My Name is Mary: A Memoir. NY: Scribner, 1996. 288 p.

  • HIV Positive woman.

Flandrau, Grace C.
Flandrau, Grace C. Then I Saw the Congo. NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1929. 308 p.

  • A trip along the Equator from the West Coast to the Indian Ocean.

Florey, Virginia.
Florey, Virginia. All The Way Home. [United States: S.n.], 1984. 114 p.
Florey, Virginia. Boundaries of Eden. n.p. 1980. 43 p.
Florey, Virginia. "An Indescribable Joy." [Midland, MI: Virginia Florey Landress], 1976. 54 p.

  • Midland, Michigan memoirs.

Ford, Betty. 1918-
Ford, Betty. Betty, A Glad Awakening. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1987. 217p.
Ford, Betty. The Times of My Life. NY: Harper & Row, 1978. 305 p.

  • Wife of U.S. President Gerald Ford and an alcoholic.

Ford, Mrs. Henry.
Clancy, Louise B. The Believer; The Life Story of Mrs. Henry Ford. NY: Coward -McCann, 1960. 215 p.

Forth, Elizabeth. ?-1866
Swan, Isabella E. Lisette. Grosse Ile, MI: 1965. 83 p.

  • Born in slavery and achieved freedom. She left an endowment to build the St. James Church in Grosse Isle, MI.

Freeman, Julia (Wheelock). 1833-?
Freeman, Julia. The Boys in White: The Experience of a Hospital Agent In and Around Washington. NY: Lange & Hillman, 1870. 274 p.

  • She worked as an agent of the Michigan Soldiers' Relief Association during the Civil War.

Frink, Margaret A.
Frink, Margaret A. Journal of the Adventures of a Party of California Gold-Seekers Under the Guidance of Mr. Ledyard Frink, During a Journey Across the Plains from Martinsville, Indiana, to Sacremto, California from March 30, 1850, to September 7, 1850. From the Original Diary of the Trip Kept by Mrs. Margaret Frink. Oakland, CA: [1897]. 121 p.

  • From the original diary of the trip kept by Mrs. Frink of Ohio.


G,H & J


Gardner, Abigail. 1843-1921
Lee, L.P. History of the Spirit Lake Massacre: 8th March 1857: And of Miss Abigail Gardiner's Tree Month's Captivity Among the Indians, According to Her Own Account. New Britain, CT: L.P. Lee, 1857. 47 p.
Gardner-Sharp, Abbie. History of the Spirit Lake Massacre and Captivity of Miss Abbie Gardner. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Printing Co., 1885. 316 p.

Gentry, Winalee.
Gentry, Winalee. One More River to Cross. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, [1955]. 237 p.
Gentry, Winalee. Wait, Gabriel, Wait. [Waterville, OH: Products Corp., 1974]. 225 p.

  • "The amazing story of a senior citizen who proved life could be fun and kept saying..."

Girard, Hazel.
Girard, Hazel. Blow for Batten's Crossing: A Backwoods Odyssey. Sterling Heights, MI: Glendon, 1979. 191 p.

  • Alcona County, MI.

Goddard, Katharine Russel 1904-1987.
Goddard, Katharine R. Remembering My Life. Ann Arbor, MI: K.R. Goddard, [1988]. 188 p.

  • Oral history of Detroit woman's life.

Grant, Anne MacVicar 1755-1838.
Grant, Anne MacVicar. Memories of an American Lady: With Sketches of Manners and Scenery in America, as They Existed Previous to the Revolution. NY: S. Campbell, 1809. 344 p.

Greenaway, Kate. 1846-1901
Engen, Rodney. Kate Greenaway, a Biography. NY: Schocken Books, 1981. 240 p.

  • Illustrator of children's book.,

Griffiths, Martha. 1912-
George, Emily. Martha W. Griffiths. Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1982. 295 p.

  • Michigan politician. Member of the United States House of Representatives.



Hackley, Emma Azalia. 1867-1922
Davenport, M. Marguerite. Azalia, The Life of Madame E. Azalia Hackley. Boston, MA: Chapman & Grimes, 1947. 196 p.

  • African-American teacher in Detroit.,

Hammond, Natalie Harris. ?-1931
Hammond, Natalie Harris. A Woman's Part in a Revolution. NY: Longmans, Green & Co., 1897. 144 p.

  • Jameson Raid in South Africa.

Hanks, Nancy. 1784-1818
Hubbard, Elbert. Abe Lincoln and Nancy Hanks being one of Elbert Hubbard's Famous Little Journeys to which is added for full measure a tribute to the mother of Lincoln. East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1920. 60 p.

Harbison, Massy. 1770-?
Harbison, Massy. A Narrative of the Sufferings of Massy Habison, From Indian Barbarity..... Pittsburgh, PA: Johnston & Stockton, 1829. 89 p.

  • Indian Wars 1750-1815.

Harrison, Anna. 1775-1869
Symmes, John C. The Intimate Letters of John Cleves Symmes and His Family, Including His Daughter, Mrs. William Henry Harrison, Wife of the Ninth President of the United States. Cincinnati, OH: Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, 1956. 174 p.

Harrison, Constance. 1843-1920
Harrison, Constance. Recollections Grave and Gay. NY: C. Scribner's Sons, 1911. 386 p.

  • Confederate woman's memoirs.


Haviland, Laura. 1808-1898
Danforth, Mildred. A Quaker Pioneer; Laura Haviland, Superintendent of the Underground. NY: Exposition Press, 1961. 259 p.
Haviland, Laura. A Woman's Life Work: Including Thirty Years Service on the Underground Railroad and In the War. Grand Rapids, MI: Shaw, 1881. 625 p.


  • A Quaker from Michigan. Laura Haviland was actively involved in the Underground Railroad.


Heibel, Mamie Dalton.
Heibel, Mamie Dalton. The Happy Book: My Life With my Children and Mike, Their Father. [Muskegon, MI: Fast Print Plus,] 1983. 74 p.
Heibel, Mamie Dalton. Still Waters, or, When the Leaves Turn. n.p., 1982. 109 p.


  • Presque Isle, MI autobiography.

Henshaw, Beatrice Schmitt. 1911-
Henshaw, Beatrice Schmitt. Backward, Turn Backward: Recollections of a Childhood in Northern Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: Historical Society of Michigan, 1986. 306 p.

  • Petoskey, Michigan memoirs.

Higbee, Lucy Ann. ?-1853
Higbee, Lucy Ann. The Diary of Lucy Ann Higbee, 1837. Cheveland, OH: Privately Printed, 1924. 57 p.

  • A trip from New Jersey to Ohio in 1837.

Hoff, Grace Whitney. 1862-?
Patch, Carolyn. Grace Whitney Hoff: The Story of an Abundant Life. Cambridge, MA: Privately printed, [1933]. 223 p.

  • Philanthropist.

Hofma, Elizabeth.
Hendricks, Marjorie. The Hofmas: Edward and Elizabeth, 1859-1938. Grand Haven, MI: 1983, 37 p.

  • Physicians in Michigan.

Hollister, Emily Jane Green.
Hollister, Emily Jane Green. The Diary of Emily Jane Green Hollister: Her Nursing Experiences, 1888-1911. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 1991. 93 p.

Holte, Ingeborg.
Holte, Ingeborg. Ingeborg's Isle Royale. Grand Marais, MN: Women's Times, 1984. 97 p.

Hooe, Fannie. 1827-1882
Frimodig, David. The Fanny Hooe Story: The Passing of a Legend. Copper Harbor, MI: Fort Wilkins Natural History Association, [198-]. 17 p.

Horn, Lucy W.
Horn, Lucy W. Hearth and Home in Ethiopia. London: Sudan Interior Mission, 1960. 92 p.

  • Missionary.

Howe, Frankie.
Gross, Stuart D. Frankie and the Barons. Fowlerville, MI: Wilderness Adventure Books, 1991.181 p.

  • Saginaw County, MI in the lumbering era.

Howlett, Carrie.
Howlett, Carrie. Roses in the Snow. n.p., 1989. 129 p.

  • Ontonagon County, MI.

Hubbs, Rebecca. 1772-1852
Hubbs, Rebecca. A Memoir of Rebecca Hubbs, a Minister of The Gospel in the Society of Friends, Late at Woodstown, N.J. Philadelphia, PA: [1852]. 114 p.

Huxley, Elspeth Joscelin Grant. 1907-
Huxley, Elspeth. Four Guineas: A Journal Through West Africa. London: Reprint Socity, 1955. 320 p.
Huxley, Elspeth. The Mottled Lizard. London: Chatto & Windus, 1962. 335 p.
Huxley, Elspeth. With Forks and Hope. NY: W. Morrow, 1964. 398 p.

  • Eastern Africa and Kenya travels and memoirs.




Jackson, Rebecca. 1795-1871
Jackson, Rebecca. Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1981. 348 p.

Jacobs-Bond, Carrie. 1862-1946
Bernhardt, Marcia A. Carrie Jacobs-Bond: As Unpretentious as the Wild Rose. Caspian, MI: Iron County Museum, 1978. 20 p.

  • Iron River, MI.

Jemison, Mary. 1743-1833
Seaver, James E. Deh-he-wa-mis: or, A Narrative of the Life of Mary Jemison: Otherwise Called the White Woman, who was Taken Captive by the Indians in MDCCLV (1755); and who continued to live with them seventy-eight years...carefully taken from her own words. Batavia, NY: W. Seaver & Son, 1842. 192 p.

  • Seneca Indians and captivity.

Johns, Jane Martin.
Johns, Jane Martin. Personal Recollections of Early Decatur, Abraham Lincoln, Richard J. Oglesby, and the Civil War. Decatur, IL: Decatur Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1912. 268 p.

  • Decatur, Illinois.

Johnson, Coralie Cederna.
Johnson, Coralie Cederna. The Wishing Years. Ypsilanti, MI: Wildwood Press, 1995. 301p.

  • Upper Peninsula, MI memoirs.

Johnson, Susannah Willard. 1730-1810
Hastings, Susannah W. A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Johnson: Containing an Account of Her Suffering, During Four Years With the Indians and French. NY: 1941. 111p.

Johnston, Faith. 1902-1988
Johnston, Faith. Anchor Post. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Clarke Historical Library, [1975]. 354 p.
Johnston, Faith. Through the Arch of Experience. Rosebush, MI: The Author, [1970]. 170p.

  • Rosebush, MI resident and CMU biology professor.

Johnston Family.
Lewis, Janet. The Invasion; A Narrative of Events Concerning the Johnston Family of St. Mary's. NY: Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1932. 356 p.

Jones, Sarah Van Hoosen.
Jones, Sarah Van Hoosen. Chronicle of Van Hoosen Centenary Farm. [n.p., 1969.] 235 p.
Howard, Saralee R. Petticoat Farmer: The Saga of Sarah Van Hoosen Jones. Lansing, MI: Michigan History Division, 19-. 4 p.

Judson, Ann H. 1780-1826
Wyeth, Walter N. Ann H. Judson, A Memorial. Cincinnati, OH: The Author, 1888. 230 p.

  • Missionary to India.



Kabatek, Anna B. 1919-
Kabatek, Anna B. Island Schoolmarm: Memories of the One-Room Schools on the St. Mary's River. Marquette, MI: A.B. Kabatek, 1996. 60 p.

  • Chippewa County, MI teacher.

Kause, Selma.
Kause, Selma. Mahalo. Tuscon, AZ: Rutz Press, 1965. 373 p.

  • Teacher.

Keckley, Elizabeth H. 1824-1907
Keckley, Elizabeth. Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House. NY: G.W. Carleton, 1868. 371 p.

Keith, Julia J. 1841-1934
Keith, Julia J. Our Little Island Grosse Ile. Los Angeles, CA: Henry T. Watson, 1931. 93 p.

Kellogg, Ella Eaton. 1853-1920
Kellogg, John Harvey. In Memoriam: Ella Eaton Kellogg. n.p., n.d. [after 1920]. 460p.

  • Wife of John Harvey Kellogg. Author.

Kelly, Fanny Wiggins. 1845-?
Kelly, Fanny Wiggins. Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians. Cincinnati, OH: Wilstach, Baldwin & Co., 1871. 285 p.

  • Dakota Indians.

Kemble, Fanny. 1809-1893
Kemble, Fanny. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839. NY: Harper and Brothers, 1863. 337 p.

  • English actress, anti-slavery. "Tried to give a truthful account of the life experience of enslaved people, voiceless and anonymous."

Kennedy, Elizabeth. 1909-
Kennedy, Elizabeth. Once Upon A Family. Santa Barbara, CA: Fithian Press, 1990. 78 p.

  • Detroit and Ann Arbor area.

Kinzie, Juliette Augusta. 1806-1870
Kinzie, Juliette Augusta. Wau-Bun, the "Early Day" in the Northwest. NY: Derby & Jackson, 1856. 498 p.

  • Narrative of travel in Wisconsin and Illinois; Life at Fort Winnebago, (Portage) WI, 1830-1833; Chicago in 1831; Chicago Massacre of 1812.

Kirkland, Caroline Matilda. 1801-1864
Kirkland, Caloline Matilda. Forest Life. NY: C.S. Francis & Co., 1842. 2 vols.
Kirkland, Caroline Matilda. A New Home -- Who'll Follow? Or, Glimpses of Western Life. NY:C.S. Francis, 1839. 317 p.
Kirkland, Caloline Matilda. A New Home; or, Life in the Clearings. NY: Putnam, 1953. 308 p.
Kirkland, Caloline Matilda. The Settler's New Home; or, Glimpses of Western Life. London:T. Allman, 1845. 272 p.
Kirkland, Caloline Matilda. Western Clearings. NY: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. 238 p.

  • Pinckney, MI as it was when it was established by the Kirklands.



Lathrap, Mary T. 1838-1895.
Lathrap, Mary. The Poems and Written Addresses of Mary T. Lathrap . . .With a Short Sketch of Her Life. Bay City, MI: Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Michigan, [1895]. 430 p.
Lathrap, Mary T. Rare Gems From the Literary Works of Mary T. Lathrap. Bay City, MI: Woman's Christian Temperance Union, [1896]. 95 p.

  • Temperance worker.

Laurence, Margaret.
Laurence, Margaret. New Wind in a Dry Land. NY: Knofp, 1964. 295 p.

  • Account of life among the Nomads of Somaliland.

Lauzon, Anne Neale Tucker 1776-1861.
Coleman, Mrs. George P. The Story of a Portrait. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 1935. 40 p.

  • Lauzon was born in Bermuda and lived in England. Her portrait was painted by Raeburn, and hangs in the National Gallery, London.

Leary, Katy.
Lawton, Mary. A Lifetime With Mark Twain; The Memories of Katy Leary, for Thirty Years his Faithful and Devoted Servant. NY: Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1925. 352 p.

Lee, Helen Joy.
Lee, Helen Joy. Traveling with Gran'ma; Camping Around the World. Philadelphia, PA: Dorrance, [1952]. 205 p.

  • In Europe and Asia.

Lee, Minnie M. 1826-1903
Lee, Minnie M. My Northern Travels, the Results of Faith and Prayer: Based on a Tour of NineMonths Through Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada, with the Author's Autobiography. Ashland, OH: Brethern Pub. House, 1887. 160 p.

LeRoy, Uldene Rudd.
LeRoy, Uldene Rudd. Six on an Island: Childhood Memories from Lake Huron. NY:Exposition Press, 1956.

  • Childhood on a lighthouse island.

Lill, Ruth A.
Lill, Ruth A. The Twenties that Didn't Roar: Growing Up in Marquette. Ishpeming, MI: Globe Printing Co., 1985. 36 p.

Lind, Jenny. 1820-1887
Wagenknecht, Edward C. Jenny Lind. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. 230 p.

  • Singer.

Livermore, Mary A. 1820-1905
Livermore, Mary A. My Story of the War: A Woman's Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience as a Nurse in the Union Army and in Relief Work at Home, in Hospitals, Camps and at the Front, during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford, CN: A.D. Worthington, 1890. 700p.

  • United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War.

Lincoln, Mary Todd. 1818-1882
Evans, William A. Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, a Study of her Personality and her Influence on Lincoln. NY: Knopf, 1932. 364 p.
Helm, Katherine. The True Story of Mary, Wife of Lincoln. Containing Recollections of Mary Lincoln's Sister Emilie, Extracts from her war-time diary, numerous letters and other documents now first published by her niece, Katherine Helm. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1928. 309 p.
Randall, Ruth. The courtship of Mr. Lincoln. Boston, MA: Little & Brown, 1957. 219 p.
Randall, Ruth. Mary Lincoln; Biography of a Marriage. Boston, MA: Little & Brown, 1953. 555 p.
Sandburg, Carl. Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow. NY: Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1932. 357 p.
Turner, Justin G. Mary Todd Lincoln: Her Life and Letters. NY: Knopf, 1972. 750 p.

Lincoln, Sarah Bush 1788-1869.
Bailey, Bernadine. Abe Lincoln's Other Mother: The Story of Sarah Bush Lincoln. NY: J. Messner, 1941. 227 p.

Longstreth, Mary Anna. 1811-1884
Ludlow, Helen. Memoir of Mary Anna Longstreth by an old Pupil, With a Sketch of her Work at Hampton. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1886. 224 p.

  • Quaker and teacher at Hampton Institute.

Lowe, Esther Julia Skinner. 1899-
Lowe, Esther Julia. Some Experiences of my Life. n.p., 1975. 50 p.

  • Teacher.

Luce, Clare Boothe. 1903-1987.
Shadegg, Stephen C. Clare Boothe Luce: A Biography. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1970. 313 p.

  • Journalist and politician.



Maconsquah 1773-1847.
Dodge, Mary. Maconsquah: Small Bear Woman. Detroit, MI: Children's Museum Friends, 1986.255 p.

Madden, Mother M. Camilla.
Life of Mother M. Camilla Madden, O.S.D. Adrian, MI: St, Joseph's College and Academy, [1924]. 89 p.

  • Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary in Adrian, MI.

Madonna. 1958 -
Bego, Mark. Madonna! NY: Pinnacle books, 1985. 189 p.

  • Popular musician.

Mahmoody, Betty.
Mahmoody, Betty. Not Without My Daughter. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1987. 423 p.

  • Iran, wife abuse.

Maiullo, Minerva.
Maiullo, Minerva. A Tapestry of Memories. South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes, [1972]. 335 p.

  • "Opera singer, artist, mother, world traveler" from Detroit, MI.

Webber, Peter L. The Saga of Queen Marinette. Peshtigo, WI: Peshtigo Times, 1972. 30 p.

  • Menominee Indian folklore.

Martin, Elta Jay. 1863-1953
Martin, Elta Jay. After-Glow; Autobiography. Fremont, MI: 1952. 189 p.

  • Teacher and school administrator.

Mayo, Mary A. 1845-1903
Buell, Jennie. One Woman's Work for Farm Women: The Story of Mary A. Mayo's Part in Rural Social Movements. Boston, MA: Whitcomb & Barrows, 1908. 78 p.

Melchers, Rose S.
Melchers, Rose S. Of Fifty Summers: A Narrative. Nashville, TN: Williams Printing Co., 1955.135 p.

  • Le Cheneaux Islands.

Mess, Evelynne Bernloehr. 1903-
DuBois, June. Indiana Artists George Jo and Evelynne Bernloehr Mess: A Story of Devotion. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, 1985. 130 p.

Meudt, Edna.
Meudt, Edna. The Rose Jar: The Autobiography of Edna Meudt. Madison, WI: North CountryPress, 1990. 252 p.

  • Teacher and poet of Wisconsin.

Miller, Elna Alice Turner. 1853-1940
Beattie, Verle Cushman. Pioneer Daughter. Cadillac, MI: Multi-Print Service, 1976. 86 p.

  • Cadillac, Michigan.

Miller, Janet.
Miller, Janet. Jungles Prefered. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. 320 p.

  • Woman doctor in the Belgian Congo.

Miller, Jennie R. 1839-1904
Miller, Jennie R. Jennie's Journal: A Young Teacher from Ypsilanti Writes of her Adventures in High Schools of Southern Michigan, January 1862- February 1864. Ann Arbor, MI: Wyman House, 1993. 136 p.

Milner, Florence Cushman.
Milner, Florence Cushman. The Story of an Ordinary Woman: The Extraordinary Life of Florence Cushman Milner. Ann Arbor, MI: Historical Society of Michigan, 1989. 135 p.

  • Teacher.

Mitchell, Edna H. 1900 -
Mitchell, Edna H. Oh! For the Life of a Country Girl: An Autobiography, 1900-1984. Swartz Creek, MI: Broadblade Press, 1985. 253 p.

  • Genesee County. MI.

Montgomery, Louisa Maria. 1787-1866
Edwards, Louisa M. A Pioneer Home Maker, 1787-1866: A Sketch of the Life of Louisa Maria Montgomery, by Her Grand-Daughter. [L.M. Edwards, 1903]. 67 p.

  • Ohio pioneer.

Moorman, Vera B.
Moorman, Vera B. Diapers, Deadlines, and Dry Martinis: The Chronicle of a Working Wife. NY: Exposition Press, 1959. 79 p.

  • Newspaper woman and homemaker.

Morgan, Lucy. 1889-
Morgan, Lucy. Gift From the Hills; Miss Lucy Morgan's Story of Her Unique Penland School. NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1958. 314 p.

  • Penland, North Carolina School for handicrafts.

Mosher, Olive Lyle Butterfield. 1896-1984
Mosher, Olive L. Olive's Vignettes: Writings of Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher (1896-1984.) Bay City, MI: I.W. Butterfield, 1988. 2 vols.

  • Collection of her writings. Michigan.

Moskowitz, Faye.
Moskowitz, Faye. And the Bridge is Love: Life Stories. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1991. 148 p.
Moskowitz, Faye. A Leak in the Heart: Tales from a Woman's Life. Boston, MA: Godine, 1985.161 p.

  • Jackson, MI. Jewish woman.

Mountain Wolf Woman. 1884-1960
Mountain Wolf Woman. Mountain Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing Thunder; The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1961. 142 p.




Nation, Carry A. 1846-1911
Nation, Carry A. The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation, Written by Herself. (rev. ed.) Topeka, KS: Steves & Sons, 1905. 201 p.

  • Temperance.

Nelles, Annie Hamilton.
Dumand, Annie Hamilton Nelles. Annie Nelles: or , The Life of a Book Agent. An Autobiography. Cincinnati, OH: The Author, 1868. 384 p.

Nelson, Rebecca.
Nelson, Joseph R. Lady Unafraid . Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1951. 278 p.

  • Taught the Ojibwa in Michigan for a year in the 1800's.

Nestor, Agnes.
Nestor, Agnes. Woman's Labor Leader, an Autobiography. Rockford, IL: Bellevue Book Publishing Co., [1954]. 307 p.

Newberry, Harriet. 1864-1943
Shaw, Virginia. A Beautiful Life: Memories of Harriet Barnes Newberry, 1864-1943. Chicago, IL: Privately Printed, 1944. 88 p.

  • Socialite.

Newberry, Julia Rosa. 1853-1876
Newberry, Julia Rosa. Julia Newberry's Diary. NY: W.W. Norton, 1933. 176 p. Mygatt, Tracy D. Julia Newberry's Sketch Book: or, The Life of Two Future Old Maids. NY: W.W. Norton, 1934. 101 p.

  • Chicago, IL socialite and artist.


Nind, Mary Clarke. 1825-1905
Nind, John N. Mary Clarke Nind and her Work: Her Childhood, Girlhood, Married Life, Religious Experience, and Activity, Together With the Story of her Labors in Behalf of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Chicago, IL: J.N. Nind, 1906. 221 p.


North, Marianne. 1830-1890
North, Marianne. Recollections of a Happy Life, Being the Autobiography of Marianne North. NY: Macmillan, 1894. 2 vols.
North, Marianne. Some Further Recollections of a Happy Life, Selected From the Journals of Marianne North, Chiefly between the years 1859 and 1869. NY: Macmillan, 1893. 316 p.

  • Europe and Middle East travel.

Nowak, Margaret C. 1908-
Nowak, Margaret C. Two who were There: A Biography of Stanley Nowak/ Margaret Collingwood Nowak. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1989. 276 p.

  • Trade union activist.



O'Brien, Charlotte. 1812-1855
Nicholas, Edward. The Chaplain's Lady: Life and Love at Fort Mackinac. Mackinac Island, MI: Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1987. 82 p.

Olds, Metta. 1864-1950
Heyden, Patricia. Metta and R. E. Olds, Loves Lives and Labors. Lansing, MI: Stuart Publishing,1997. 96 p.

  • Automobile industry.

Olli, Bette M.
Olli, Bette M. "The Way it Was": Memories of my Childhood at Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Northport, MI: Lighthouse Publications, 1990. 40 p.

Osborn, Laura Freele.
Osborn, Laura Freele. Laura Freele Osborn; Detroit's Tribute to a Great Citizen. Detroit, MI: Laura F. Osborn Memorial Committee, after 1955. 16 p.

  • Teacher.

Osborn, Vera M.
Osborn, Vera M. There Were Two of Us. London: Whittlesey House, 1944. 327 p.

  • Brother and sister in Charlotte, MI.





Palmer, Alice Freeman. 1855-1902
Alice Freeman Palmer: In Memoriam, MDCCCLV - MDCCCII. Boston, MA: Merrymont Press, 1903. 41 p.
Harvard University. A Service in Memory of Alice Freeman Palmer. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1903. 88 p.


  • President of Wellesley College.

Park, Etta W. 1863-1938
Park, Etta W. A Story for My Children. NY: Vantage Press, 1968. 253 p.

  • Memoirs of Mecosta County, MI pioneer.

Parry, Emma Louise.
Parry, Emma Louise. Life Among the Germans. Boston, MA: D. Lothrop, for Bay View Reading Circle, 1887. 340 p.

Peddle, Mary Elizabeth.
Peddle, Mary Elizabeth. The Story of a Hoosier Immigration, as Recorded by Mary Elizabeth Peddle. Harwinton, CN: Brookside Press, 1939. 56 p.

  • Describes how a mother and her children left New York State in 1816 to found a home in newly established state of Indiana. The work was intended merely as a record for the family. Written in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1904.

Perkins, Edith. 1843-1925
Cunningham, Edith. Letters and Journals of Edith Forbes Perkins, 1908-1925. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press, 1931. 4 vols.

  • Socialite.

Perkins, Lucy Fitch. 1865-1937
Perkins, Eleanor E. Eve Among the Puritans: A Biography of Lucy Fitch Perkins. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin, 1956. 238 p.

  • Kalamazoo, MI. Children's books author and illustrator.

Peter, Sarah. 1800-1877
McAllister, Anna S. In Winter We Flourish: Life and Letters of Sarah Worthington King Peter, 1800-1877. NY: Longmans & Green, 1939. 398 p.

  • Founded Philadelphia School of Design, the first school for teaching industrial arts in the United States.

Pocahontas. ?-1617
Murray, William H. Pocahantas and Peshmataha, Historical and Biographical Essays. . . . Oklahoma City, OK: Harlow Pub. Co., 1931. 106 p.

Pokagon, Simon. 1830-1899
Pokagon, Simon. O-gi-maw-kwe mit-i-qwa-ki (Queen of the Woods.) Hartford, MI: C.H. Engle,1899. 155 p.

  • Memoir of Potawatomi woman written by her husband.

Porter, Ann. 1821-1890
Porter, Lillian R. Choice Seed in the Wilderness: From the Diary of Ann Eliza Bacon Porter, Cooksville, Wisconsin, 1845-1890. Rockland, ME: Seth Law Press, 1964. 287 p.

Potter, Beatrix. 1866-1943
Lane, Margaret. The Tale of Beatrix Potter, a Biography. London: F. Wayne, 1946. 175 p.

  • English artist and author of children's books.

Pratt, Elsie. 1897-
Pratt, Helen H. "What It Was Like. . . ." Traverse City, MI: The Author, 1988, 1993. 68 p.

  • Personal narrative of life in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the turn of the century.

Preston, C. Eva.
Preston, C. Eva. A Few Leaves from my Note Book, Written While Unjustly and Illegally Imprisoned in the "The Retreat", an asylum for the Insane at Detroit, Michigan by my Relatives in the Spring of 1873. NY: The Author, 1877. 24 p.

  • Care of the mentally ill in Detroit.

Pretty Shield.
Linderman, Frank B. Red Mother. NY: John Day co., 1932. 256 p.

  • Crow Indian medicine woman.




Dickmeyer, Elizabeth R. Reuther: A Daughter Strikes. Southfield, MI: Spelman Publishers, 1989. 375 p.

  • Trade Unions.

Richards, Ellen H. 1842-1911
Hunt, Caroline L. The Life of Ellen H. Richards, 1842-1911. Washington: American Home Economics Association, 1958. 202 p.

  • Founder of Home Economics.

Riggs, Mary.
Riggs, Stephen R. Mary and I. Forty Years with the Sioux. Chicago,IL: W. G. Holmes, 1880. 388 p.

  • Missionaries.

Roe, Elizabeth. 1805-1887
Roe, Elizabeth. Recollections of Frontier Life. Rockford, IL: Gazette Pub. House, 1885. 295 p.

  • Frontier life in Kentucky, Illinois and Nebraska.

Rogers, Frances. 1895-
Rogers, Frances B. Footfalls: Echoes of the Life of My Time, 1895-1985. Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone Press, 1992. 193 p.

  • Earning a living for herself when she expected a husband and family.

Roosevelt, Eleanor. 1884-1962
Roosevelt, Eleanor. This I Remember. NY: Harper, 1949. 387 p.

  • Presidential spouse and activist.

Ross, Diana. 1944-
Haskins, James. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me: The Story of Diana Ross. NY: Dial Press, 1980. 154 p.

  • Popular musician.

Rufus, Maude.
Rufus, Maude. Flying Grandma: or, Going Like Sixty. Ypsilanti, MI: University Lithographers, 1942. 168 p.

  • Ann Arbor pilot and world traveler.

Rutledge, Ann. -1835
Babcock, Bernie S. The Soul of Ann Rutledge: Abraham Lincoln's Romance. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1923. 321 p.



Sagatoo, Mary.
Sagatoo, Mary. Wah Sash Kah Moqua: or, Thirty-three Years Among the Indians. Boston, MA: Charles A. White Co., 1897. 140 p.

  • Married an Ojibwa and lived in the Saginaw area.

Salm-Salm, Agnes Prinizessin. 1840-1912
Salm-Salm, Agnes. Ten Years of My Life, by Princess Felix Salm-Salm. Detroit, MI: Belford Brothers, 1877. 385 p.

  • Civil war years, Franco-German war, Mexico.

Sawyer, Mozelle B.
Sawyer, Mozelle B. Joy Fills My Heart. Traverse City, MI: Sawyer, 1976. 229 p.

  • Musician from Traverse City, MI.

Schmock, Helen Cloutier. 1909-
Schmock, Helen Cloutier. I Never Shot a Rabbit: 62 Years of Ham Radio. Ludington, MI: J&H Publications, 1991. 416 p.

  • Author, Ham radio operator.,

Schoolcraft, Mary H.
Schoolcraft, Mary H. Plantation Life; The Narratives of Mrs.Henry Schoolcraft. NY: Negro University Press, [1969]. 569 p.

  • South Carolina view of slavery.

Secor, Lella.
Florence, Lella Secor. Lella Secor: a Diary in Letters, 1915-1922. NY: B. Franklin, 1978. 295 p.

  • NY journalist and pacificist.

Seebohn, Esther 1798 - 1864.
Private Memoirs of B. & E. Seebohm. Edited by their sons. London: Provost, 1873. 443 p.

  • Quaker minister and his wife in England.

Schafer, Mary. 1910-
Marston, Gwen. Mary Schafer and Her Quilts. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Museum, 1990. 58 p.

Shaw, Anna Howard. 1847-1919
Shaw, Anna Howard. The Story of a Pioneer. NY: Harper, 1915. 337 p.

  • Woman suffrage leader, minister, physician.

Shaw, Mabel.

Shaw, Mabel. God's Candlelights. An Educational Endeavor in Northern Rhodesia. London: Edinburgh House Press, 1932. 194 p.

  • "Miss Mabel Shaw was one of the first two women missionaries whom the London Missionary Society sent to Central Africa in 1915."

Sheldon, Electa Maria. 1817-1902
Sheldon Electa Maria. Childhood Memories of Life in Detroit by Mrs. E. M. Sheldon-Stewart. n.p. 12 p.

  • Memoirs of life in Detroit in 1824.

Silver, Ednah. 1798-
Silver, Ednah. A Commemorative Sketch Written in Honor of the Birthday Centennial of Mrs. Abiel Silver. Boston, MA: New Church Union Press, 1898. 38 p.

  • Came to Michigan in 1831.

Simmerman, Elizabeth.
Simmerman, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Moves up North: Life in the Upper Peninsula Before, During, and After the Great Depression. Grand Marais, MI: Voyageur Press, 1977. 42 p.

Simonson, Dorothy.
Simonson, Doroth. The Diary of an Isle Royale School Teacher. Houghton, MI: Isle Royale National History Association, 1992. 137 p.

  • "Memoir of a winter on an isolated island in Lake Superior during the Great Depression." September 13, 1932 to May 3, 1933.

Singleton, Raynoma Gordy. 1937-
Singleton, Ranoma. Berry, Me, and Motown: The Untold Story. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books, 1990. 344 p.

  • Co-founder of Motown Records.

Siwundhla, Alice Princess Msumba.
Siwundhla, Alice. Alice Princess; An Autobiography. Omah, NE: Pacific Press Pub. Assoc., 1965. 166 p.

  • Orphan from Lake Nyssa, Africa who went to school at a mission, came to the United States and received a PhD and returned to her country to teach. She appeared on "This is Your Life" TV show.

Slocum, Frances. 1773-1847
Meginness, John F. Biography of Frances Slocum, the Lost Sister of Wyoming.A Complete Narrative of her Captivity and Wanderings among the Indians. Williamsport, PA:Heler Brothers, 1891. 238 p.

  • Delaware Indian captivities.

Smith, Emma.
Gibson, Margaret W. Emma Smith, the Elect Lady: A Novel Based on Her Life. Independence, MO: Herald House, [1966]. 322 p.

  • Mormon.

Smith, Jennie. 1842-?

Smith, Jennie. From Baca To Beulah: Sequel to "Valley of Baca." Philadelphia, PA: Garriques Brothers, 1885. 358 p.
Smith, Jennie. Incidents and Experiences of a Railroad Evangelist. Washington, DC: The Author, 1920. 196 p.
Smith, Jennie. Ramblings in Beulah Land. A continuation of Experiences in the Life of Jennie Smith . . . Philadelphia, PA: Garriques Brothers, 1886-1888. 2 vols.
Smith, Jennie. Valley of Baca: A Record of Suffering and Triumph. Cincinnati, OH: Hitchcock &Walden, 1877. 288 p.

  • Evangelist.

Smith, Justine E. 1890-1987.
Smith, Justine E. Tina: An Autobiography with Genealogy. Swartz Creek, MI: Broadblade Press, 1988. 218 p.

  • Gaines, MI childhood, teacher, married 70 years.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. 1815-1902
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. Eighty Years and More.(1815-1897 Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.) NY: European Publishing Co., 1898. 474 p.

  • Woman suffrage leader.

Stark, Freya.
Stark, Freya. The Freya Stark Story. NY: Coward McCann, [1953]. 374 p.

  • "Englishwoman Extraordinary, explorer of Arab kingdoms, scholar of strange tongues, courageous, candid, a woman of both the ancient and the modern world."

Stewart, Isabella. 1830-1888
Stewart, Morse. Memorial of Mrs. Morse Stewart, [1830-1888] Edited by her Husband Morse Stewart. Detroit, MI: ?, 1889. 303 p.

  • Detroit philanthropist.

Stockwell, Madelon Louisa.
Stockwell, Madelon Louisa. A Michigan Childhood: The Journals of Madelon Louisa Stockwell, 1856-1860. Albion, MI: Albion College Library, 1988. 257 p.

  • Albion, MI. Daughter of the founders of Albion. She later became the first woman admitted to the University of Michigan.

Stone, Lucinda. 1814-1900
Perry, Belle McArthur. Lucinda Hinsdale Stone; Her Life Story and Reminiscences. Detroit, MI:Blinn, 1902. 369 p.

  • Kalamazoo teacher, clubwoman, journalist.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. 1811-1896
Stowe, Charles E. Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Story of Her Life. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1911. 313 p.
Stowe, Charles E. Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Compiled from her Letters and Journals By Her Son. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1891. 530 p.

  • Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and many other books.

Stratton, Mary. 1867-1961
Ault, Roger. Mary Chase Perry Stratton and her Pewabic Pottery. Lansing, MI: Michigan History Division, 198-. 4 p.

Stratton Porter, Gene 1863-1924.
Long, Judith R. Gene Stratton-Porter: Novelist and Naturalist. Indianapolis, IN" Indiana Historical Society, 1990. 286 p.

Surratt, Mary. 1820-1865
Campbell, Helen J. The Case for Mrs. Surratt. NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1943. 272p.
Moore, Guy W. The Case of Mrs. Surratt: Her controversial trial and Execution for Conspiracy in the Lincoln Assassination. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954. 142 p.

Swallow, Ellen. 1842-1911
Clarke, Robert. Ellen Swallow: The Woman who Founded Ecology. Chicago, IL: Follett Pub. Co., 1973. 276 p.

Swinton, Alma W.
Swinton, Alma W. I Married a Doctor: Life in Ontonagon, Michigan From 1900 to 1919. Marquette, MI: Swinton, 1964. 435 p.

Swisshelm, Jane Grey. 1815-1884
Swisshelm, Jane Grey. Crusader and Feminist: Letters of Jane Grey Swisshelm, 1858-1865. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1934. 327 p.

  • Journalist before and during the Civil War.



Taft, Edna.
Taft, Edna. A Puritan in Voodoo-Land. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Publishing Co., [1938]. 407p.

  • Haiti.

Talbot, D. Amaury.
Talbot, D. Amaury. Woman's Mysteries of a Primitive People, the Ibibios of Southern Nigeria. London: Cassell, 1915. 251 p.

Tallent, Annie D.
Tallent, Annie D. The First White Woman in the Black Hills, as Told by Herself. Mitchell, SD:Educator Supply Co., 1923. 181 p.

  • South Dakota.

Tatum, Sibyl.
Tatum, Sibyl. Account of Journey of Sibyl Tatum With Her Parents from New Jersey to Ohio in 1830. Unsigned typewritten copy. n.d. 13 p.

Tennill, Toni.
Bego, Mark. Captain & Tennill: An Unauthorized Biography. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1977. 134 p.

  • Popular musician.

Tennis, Rose Hamlin.
Tennis, Rose Hamlin. The School that Was: A Schoolmarm's Tale. Fowlerville, MI: Wilderness Adventure Books, 1990. 80 p.

Thayer, Ella S. 1840-1904
Thayer, Ella S. Letters of Ella S. Thayer, Written in 1892, 1893, and 1895. Detroit, MI: 1907. 184 p.

  • Trip around the world.

Thompson, Elizabeth B.
Thompson, Elizabeth B. The Times that Were. Grand Rapids, MI: Cargill Press, 1899. 33p.

  • Grand Rapids, MI.

Thurston, Lucy. 1795-1876
Thurston, Lucy. Life and Times of Mrs. Lucy G. Thurston, Wife of Rev. Asa Thurston, Pioneer Missionary to the Sandwich Islands Gathered from Letters and Journals Extending over a period of more than Fifty years. Selected and Arranged by Herself. Ann Arbor, MI: S.C. Andrews, [1882]. 307 p.

Tillson, Christiana H. 1798-1872
Tillson, Christiana H. A Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois. Chicago, IL: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1919. 169 p.

Torrance, Margaret 1887- .
Torrance, Margaret. I Like to Remember. Minneapolis, MN: Gillies, 1944. 366 p.

  • Childhood in Chicago, marriage to Minneapolis businessman. Family and travel.

Towe, ElDean.
Towe, ElDean. Sewing Buttons on Squashes: Life in Jonesville as Seen by Mrs. Editor. Winter Park, FL: Burr Oak Publishers, 1989. 221 p.

Towle, Nancy. 1796-?
Towle, Nancy. Vicissitudes Illustrated, in the Experience of Nancy Towle, in Europe and America: Written by Herself. Portsmouth, NH: J. Caldwell, 1833. 310 p.

  • Evangelist.

Tripler, Eunice Hunt 1822-1910.
Tripler, Eunice H. Eunice Tripler. Some Notes of Her Personal Recollections. NY: Grafton Press, 1910. 184 p.

  • Born in Washington, DC, moved to Detroit in 1836 with her parents, lived in Washington, DC with her husband in 1861-1862.

Truepeney, Charlotte.
Truepeney, Charlotte. Our African Farm. London: V. Gollancz, 1965. 190 p.

  • East Africa.

Truth, Sojourner. ?-1883

Gilbert, Olive. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Northern Slave Emancipated from Bodily Servitude by the State of New York in 1828. Boston, MA: Printed for the author, 1850. 144 p.
Ortiz, Victoria. Sojourner Truth, a Self-Made Woman. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1974. 157 p.
Sojourner Truth: "Ain't I a Woman." [Video Recording] Deerfield, IL: Learning Corporation ofAmerica, 1989. 27 minutes.
Pauli, Hertha E. Her Name Was Sojourner Truth. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1962. 250p.
Stetson, Erlene. Glorying in Tribulation: The Lifework of Sojourner Truth. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1994. 242 p.

  • Former slave, abolitionist, active in woman's movement.

Tubman, Harriet. 1820?-1913
Conrad, Earl. Harriet Tubman. Washington: Associated Publishers, 1943. 248 p.

  • Former slave, underground railroad conductor, abolitionist.

Tucker, Ida.
Tucker, Ida. Reminiscences of Mrs. R. C. Allen (Ida Tucker.) n.p., [1949]. 30 p.

  • Harbor Beach, MI.


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Van Cleve, Charlotte. 1819-1907
Van Cleve, Charlotte. "Three Score Years and Ten," Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West. Minneapolis, MN: , 1888. 176 p.

Van Hoosen, Bertha. 1863-
Van Hoosen, Bertha. Petticoat Surgeon. Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Bros., 1969 [c1947]. 324p.

  • Physician in Illinois.

Vermilya, Claire.
Vermilya, Claire. Bootlegger's Daughter / Reflections. Onaway, MI: Camelot Self Subsidy Publishers, 1987. 481 p.

  • Presque Isle, MI.



Waggoner, Mary Jane.
Elliott, Mary M. A Year of Decision, 1902. [Diary of Mary Jane Stanton Waggoner.] Breckenridge, MI: Saginaw Valley Shopper, 1992. 73 p.

  • Breckenridge, MI.

Walden-Bell, Orleanna E. 1810 -
Walden-Bell, Orleanna. Recollections of a Long Life. London: 1896. 120 p.

  • Life in New Orleans and New York. (Micro Books)

Wallace, Mary A. 1837-1921
Wallace, Mary A. Mary Austin Wallace: Her Diary, 1862: A Michigan Soldier's Wife Runs their Farm. Lansing, MI: Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, 1963. 18 p.

  • Calhoun County, MI.

Ward, Emily 1809-
Hurlbut, Frances B. Grandmother's Stories. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press, 1889.
Ward, Emily. The Way Things Were: An Autobiography of Emily Ward. Marine City, MI: Newport Press, 1976. 74 p.

  • Ward was the sister of Eber Ward of Detroit, an early Michigan entrepeneur.

Woughter, Lottie.
Woughter, Lottie. This I Remember. n.p. [1960]. 27 p.

  • Ogenaw County childhood.

Webster, Emma Lucile. 1902-
Webster, Emma Lucile. An Autobiography of a One-Room School Teacher: Scotch Settlement School of Henry Ford's Greenfield Village. Dearborn, MI: Webster, 1978. 195 p.

Wells, Floretta.
Scott, A.M. The Transplanted Flower: A Memoir of Floretta Wells. Detroit, MI: G.E. Pomeroy,1854. 60 p.

  • Born in Romeo, MI, orphan, died young. A book of her Christian life.

Wheatley, Phillis. 1753-1784
Robinson, William H. Phillis Wheatley in the Black American Beginnings. Detroit, MI: Broadside Press, 1975. 95 p.

  • African-American poet.

White, Mrs. Elijah.
Allen, A. J. Ten Years in Oregon. Travels and Adventures of Doctor E. White and Lady, West of the Rocky Mountains, with incidents of two sea vogages via Sandwich Islands around Cape Horn: Containing also a brief history of the Missions and Settelement of the Country. Ithaca, NY: Andrus, Gauntlett, & Co., 1848. 430 p.

  • Missionary.
  • White, Ellen. 1827-1915

Numbers, Ronald L. Prophetess of Health: A Study of Ellen G. White. NY: Harper & Row, 1976. 271 p.
White, James. Life Sketches: Ancestry, Early Life, Christian Experience and Extensive Labors of Elder James White and his Wife Mrs. Ellen G. White. Battle Creek, MI: Seventh Day Adventists Pub. Assoc., 1888. 453 p.
White, Ellen G. Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, Being a Narrative of Her Experience to 1881 . . . . Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1915. 480 p.
White, Ellen G. The Ministry of Healing. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Co., 1905. 541 p.
White, Ellen G. My Christian Experience, Views and Labors in Connection with the Rise and Progress of the Thrid Angel's Message. Battle Creek, MI: James White, 1860. 304 p.

  • Seventh Day Adventist prophet.

Wilcox, Ella W. 1850-1919
Ballou, Jenny. Period Piece; Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Her Times. Boston, MA: Houghton - Mifflin, 1940. 286 p.

  • Author, newspaper columnist, poet.

Wilkinson, Mrs.
Wilkinson, Mrs. A Lady's Life and Travels in Zululand and the Cetewayo's Reign: Being the African Letters and Journals. London: J.T. Hayes, 1882. 264 p.

  • South Africa.

Wilkinson, Jemima. 1752-1819
Wisbey, Herbert A. Pioneer Prophetess: Jemima Wilkins, the Publick Universal Friend. Ithaca,NY: Cornell University Press, 1964. 232 p.

  • First American woman to found a religious society. Founded a community on Seneca Lake, NY.

Willard, Frances E. 1839-1898
Gordon, Anna A. The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard: A Memorial Volume. Chicago, IL: Woman's Temperance Publishers Association, 1898. 416 p.
Willard, Frances E. Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman. Chicago, IL: Woman's Temperance Publication Association, 1889. 606 p.

  • Temperance and Woman's Rights leader.

Willard, Mary Thompson. 1805-1892
Willard, Frances E. A Great Mother: Sketches of Madam Willard . . . Chicago, IL: Woman's Temperance Publication Association, 1894. 297 p.

  • Mother of Frances Willard. Temperance worker.

Williams, Elizabeth W.
Williams, Elizabeth W. A Child of the Sea and Life Among the Mormons. Harbor Springs, MI: E.W. Williams, 1905. 229 p.

  • Life on Beaver Island and at other places near Lake Michigan, with an account of the "Mormon Kingdom" on Beaver Island.

Williams, Eunice. 1696-1786
Johnson, Clifton. An Unredeemed Captive: Being the Story of Eunice Williams, who, at the Age of Seven Years, Was Carried Away from Deerfield by the Indians in the year 1704, and who lived among the Indians of Canada as one of them for the rest of her life. Holyoke, MA: Griffith, Axtell, & Cady Co., 1897. 54 p.

  • Indian capativity in Massachusetts.

Williams, Sally. ca. 1796-?
Williams, Sally. Aunt Sally: or, The Cross the Way to Freedom. A Narrative of the Slave-Life and Purchase of the Mother of Rev. Isaac Williams of Detroit, Michigan . . . . Cincinnati, OH: American Reform Tract and Book Society, 1858. 216 p.

  • Slave life in North Carolina and Alabama.

Wills, Millicent A.
Wills, Millicent A. Believe the Works, and Memoirs of a Traveler and Teacher. Ann Arbor, MI: ,1973. 84 p.

  • African American teacher.

Winslow, Anna Green. 1759-1779
Winslow, Anna Green. Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston School Girl of 1771. Boston. MA: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894. 121 p.

Whitmore, Nyla.
Whitmore, Nyla. I Was An Overcommitted Christian. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1979. 63 p.

  • CMU Alum. Wife, mother, homemaker, newspaper columnist and speech therapist.

Woodhull, Victoria. 1838-1927
Tilton, Theodore. Victoria C. Woodhull: A Biographical Sketch. NY: Golden Age, 1871. 35 p.

  • Presidential Candidate biography.

Woodworth, Ellen. 1833-1914
Miles, William. School Ma'm: The Story of Ellen L. Woodworth. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Chapter ofDelta Kappa Gamma, [1976]. 42 p.

  • Mt. Pleasant, MI's first teacher.



Young, Ann Eliza. 1844-?
Young, Ann Eliza. Wife No. 19: or, The Story of a Life in Bondage, Being a Complete Expose of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices, and Sufferings of Women in Polygamy. Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman, & Co., 1875. 605 p.


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