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Women Working makes openly accessible more than 3,000 titles, representing over 600,000 pages, from the collections of Baker Library, the Countway Library of Medicine, the Monroe C. Gutman Library, the Harvard Law School Library, the Harvard University Archives, Littauer Library, the Frances Loeb Library, the Schlesinger Library, and, notably, the Harry E. Elkins Widener Memorial Library.

These published materials are in many formats—books and pamphlets, magazines and serials, goverment publications and business trade catalogs—and were selected from circulating and special collections. Virtually all of Women Working's machine-printed texts, in all languages, are full-text searchable. There are many ways to explore these materials to discover and compare many facets of the lives of working women from 1800 to 1930.

Catalog and Full-Text searching are the most powerful and flexible ways to locate material and generate customized result sets.

The Women Working site also includes several browse options, many of which unify access to published and non-published (archival) materials:

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