Chapter 7. From Recovering Women's Words to Documenting Gender Constructs

Archival Research in the Twenty-First Century

  1. Shawn J. Parry-Giles Professor Director2 and
  2. J. Michael Hogan PhD Professor scholarly advisor3
  1. Susan Zaeske Professor Chair and
  2. Sarah Jedd Associate Director

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch7

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

How to Cite

Zaeske, S. and Jedd, S. (2010) From Recovering Women's Words to Documenting Gender Constructs, in The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (eds S. J. Parry-Giles and J. M. Hogan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Maryland, USA

  2. 3

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178136

Online ISBN: 9781444324105



  • from recovering women's words - documenting gender constructs, archival research in twenty-first century;
  • archival practices, scholars of gender and women's public address - centering on archival element of enterprise;
  • history of archival research - on women political activists;
  • rhetoricians, attention on recovering - texts of women's speeches from primary sources;
  • Campbell and other rhetoric scholars - searching existing archives to recover the words of American women activists;
  • contemporary issues in archival research on women and gender;
  • gender as a theoretical and methodological issue - case of antislavery petitions;
  • Susan Zaeske, article in rhetoric & public affairs, congressional - debating over reception of antislavery petitions;
  • archival research, the bedrock of scholarship on women's public address;
  • recovery and reinvigorating scholarship - embracing theoretically informed practices of gender analysis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A History of Archival Research on Women Political Activists

  • Contemporary Issues in Archival Research on Women and Gender

  • Gender as a Theoretical and Methodological Issue: The Case of Antislavery Petitions

  • Conclusion