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female experience, but do so in the context of family issues, not women's issues.  A Heritage of Her Own, edited by Nancy Cott and Elizabeth Pleck and published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in 1979 has reprinted seminal articles on women's experience. [[strikethrough]] in one volume. [[/strikethrough]] Although new work is not represented in this publication, the authors have done the field of women's history an enormous service by reprinting important classics in the field. 

In its presentation of new research and inclusion of original manuscript material, we believe the publication of papers from the Conference on Women's Culture in American Society would continue the precedent set by Carol Ruth Berkin and Mary Beth Norton in  Women of America: A History, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1979. In contrast to the three centuries of social change presented in this publication, however, our publication would emphasize the experience of the underdocumented historical actors, associations and institutions which contributed to female experience between 1880 and 1980. 

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This century of social change has been the subject of recent historical interest from a variety of fields and conceptual frameworks. Immigration, labor, reform, intellectual, political and economic historians have described and analyzed the classes, ethnic and racial minorities and political institutions that influenced American society during this period. [[strikethrough]] Various [[/strikethrough]] Current interpretations place [[strikethrough]] ing  the [[/strikethrough]] emphasis on a variety of socio-economic factors [[strikethrough]] have characterized this research, [[/strikethrough]] but no interpretations have specifically addressed women's culture. [While the publication we envision will not be a monograph, the articles and manuscript material will provide the historiographical context for future scholarship which seeks to better understand twentieth century female culture and American experience.]?

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Our qualifications to edit this volume are a concern with both historical and feminist issues, as well as training as students of historians of female experience. We believe your experience and expertise would be [[strikethrough]] invaluable [[/strikethrough]] very valuable as consultants to this project. While we have not yet spoken to publishers about this idea we have spoken to the National Endowment for the Humanities and its state affiliate, the California Council for the Humanities, who are enthusiastic about the project. We have received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities for the Conference, and plan to apply for a "special program" NEH grant in October, requesting financial support for editorial assistance. We will request funding for $200 each for editorial consultants for the project.

The project will not really begin until March 1981, and we are planning to make final choices for articles and manuscript inclusion by December of that year. For those who are unable to attend the conference, we will plan a meeting at the June 1981 Berkshire Conference at Vassar.

We look forward to any assistance or suggestions regarding this project, and hope to work with you in the future. 

Sincerely yours,

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