"Women in the West": A Collection of 292 Titles from the Library of Dorothy Sloan

"Women in the West": A Collection of 292 Titles from the Library of Dorothy Sloan


Click here for our 30-page FINDING AID of the Dorothy Sloan Collection of "Women in the West."

Here is a collection which was assembled over many years, containing books written by women about the American West, and books about Women in the American West as subjects of historical and literary narratives.

When Dorothy Sloan retired in 2020, we acquired her collection of "Women in the West." Most of the collection was kept in storage for the last twenty-eight years, awaiting cataloguing and eventual sale. We are pleased to offer the collection of 292 titles en bloc for the price of $6,200 which includes free shipping anywhere in the Continental United States. 

 Of the 292 titles in the collection, nearly 25% are more than a century old; to these are added scores of scarce narratives and monographs that are now very difficult to procure. 

The physical size of the collection is considerable; it is currently housed in our climate-controlled storage unit. There are photographs, gum cards, engravings, various inscribed books, plays of the California Gold Rush, memoirs and captivity narratives, travelogues, captivity narratives, autobiographies, Western novels, pamphlets, private press material, a few ‘zines, journals, catalogues, magazines, and of course printed books (almost all of which are in original bindings). It is the culmination of years of patient searching, spanning all genres in the Western Americana tradition. The collection represents women’s voices of a myriad of ethnicities, including various Native American tribes, African and African-American women, Hispanic women, prostitutes, madams, cowgirls, ranchers, pioneers, and their struggles in the face of physical, social, and cultural adversity.