Reference Tip Bulletin Board: “Women In History”

This week, reference items about “women in history” are posted on the bulletin board. The featured text by Lynda G. Adamson entitled,   Notable Women in World History, contains biographies and autobiographies of 500 women from 1503 B.C. to 1997. Each woman’s description includes the following information:  birth/death dates, country of birth, field of endeavor, as well as up to five annotations of recommended works. Also, the text has three appendixes for easy research.

Title: Notable Women in World History

REF CT 3230 A32 1998

From Notable Women in History:

Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793): “Marie Antoinette became wife of the French dauphin Louis when she was fifteen, with their marriage forming an alliance between Austria and France. Born on November 2, 1755, as the eleventh daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa, the French continued to distrust Austria and Marie after she arrived to marry the dauphin. By the time Louis became king in 1774, Marie had her own group of friends and was a notorious spendthrift. Rumors paired her with a number of liaisons, some false and some probably factual. After she had a son, she spent less money but did not seem to understand economics. As her political power became stronger, she influenced Louis to keep feudalism without restricting royal prerogative as the National Guard had demanded…”


Also on the ”Reference Tip of The Week” bulletin board are two surrounding texts about women in history, as well as excerpts from the books:  The Continuum Dictionary of Women’s Biography (REF CT 3202 C66 1983) and Women’s Firsts (REF 3203 W66 1996). Be sure to check out next week’s bulletin board about “America” reference items, with a close look at American Icons: An Encyclopedia of the People, Places, and Things that Have Shaped Our Culture.

– Megan Campbell

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