Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: Subject Files, 1676-1980

61 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series, constituting the largest in the collection, aptly demonstrates the effort expended by Miriam Young Holden in her work of researching the history of women as well as her active involvement in contemporary women's rights movements. The vast array of detailed subjects illustrates Holden's passion for discovering the role women have played in not only modern American history, but also in ancient and global history. The large amounts of materials related to contemporary women's issues also point to her work in groups such as the National Woman's Party and the World Center for Women's Archives.

Many files include newspaper clippings, book reviews, notes written by Holden, or original materials. There is also an extensive amount of materials related to the Equal Rights Amendment (mostly during the 1960s), libraries, education, and specific women in history. One of the larger sections of this series consists of materials on women in specific occupations, roles, time periods, etc. (see files beginning with Woman, Women, or Women's).

Historical materials of note include original correspondence or materials of Belva Lockwood, Susan B. Anthony, Lydia Maria Child, Dorothea Dix, Caroline Norton, Alice Paul, and Victoria Woodhull. There are also several original sermons (mid-19th-century) and an autograph song by Victoria Woodhull on the Beecher & Tilton Scandal.

This series, however, also demonstrates that it was not just women's history that Miriam Young Holden was interested, but that she had a much broader curiosity, with subjects ranging from alcoholism, to art, to literature. Also included are files on religion, race, social theories, animals, hurricanes, and Long Island, among others.


This series is arranged in alphabetical order, according to subject. Papers related to Eugenie Andruss Leonard, Elsa Grove Butler, Arthur Holden, and Miriam Holden are grouped by that individual.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection underwent substantial reprocessing in 2014 by Nicholas Williams '2015, which included restructuring and re-housing of materials.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 4: Subject Files; Miriam Y. Holden Collection, C0071, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

The Princeton University Library also possesses Mrs. Holden's collection of books relating to women and women's studies.

World Center for Women's Archives
National Woman's Party
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