Notes on Research and Further Reading

Embroidery of Mother and Child

Embroidery of Mother and Child

Notes on Research

Three Wylie Women: A Generation of Late Nineteenth-Century Mothers was authored and curated by Mary Figueroa, Wylie House Museum Assistant and student at Indiana University.

Special thanks to Sarah Knott, Associate Professor at Indiana University in the Department of History, and Carey Beam, Director of the Wylie House Museum. Thanks, also, to the Indiana University Archives and the Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection for providing several of the artifacts of the exhibit. Photos of the museum exhibit and artifacts were taken by Nick Little and Elisabeth Lanman.

The exhibit is dedicated to my mother, Rhonda Figueroa. Thank you for your loving support.

Further Reading

Primary Bibliography: Manuscripts

Theophilus Adam Wylie Family Correspondence, 1806 - 1930, (bulk 1850 - 1930), Collection 2005.003.2849, Wylie House Museum, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Theophilus A. Wylie papers, 1814-1992, bulk 1830-1895, Collection C202, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

The Wylie, Boisen and Bradley Families' Papers & Ephemera, 1802 - 1991, (bulk 1870 - 1920), Collection 2005.003.1848, Wylie House Museum, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Wylie family collection, 1822-1990, bulk 1840-1900, Collection C203, Office of University Archives and Records Management, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Primary Bibliography: Printed

1881 Collected Editions of “Peterson’s Magazine” (Philadelphia: C.J. Peterson, 1881) 

Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman’s Home (Hartford: Rutgers University Press, 2002)

Catherine E. Beecher, Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book. Third Edition (New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1858)

M. Cora Bland, “The Ladies’ Own Magazine,” 1:1 (Indianapolis: Northwestern Farmer Co. Publishers, January 1869)

William Buchan, Advice to mothers, on the subject of their own health : and of the means of promoting the health, strength, and beauty of their offspring (Boston: Joseph Bumstead, 1809)

Lydia Maria Child, The Mother's Book. Second Edition (Boston: Carter, Hendee and Babcok: Charles Carter, 1831)

Sarah Josepha Hale, Mrs. Hale’s New Book of Cookery and Complete Housekeeper. Illustrated. (New York: H. Long and Brother, 1852)

John H. Kellogg, Ladies' guide in health and disease : girlhood, maidenhood, wifehood, motherhood (Battle Creek, Michigan: Modern Medicine Pub. Co., 1879)

Louis A. Godey and Sarah J. Hale, “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” (Providence: Fuller and Whitaker, May 1856)

George H. Napheys, The Physical Life of Woman: Advice to the Maiden, Wife and Mother (Philadelphia: George Maclean; Cincinnati: Hannaford & Co., 1871)

Secondary Bibliography: Genealogy

Jo Burgess, “Wylie Families Tree,” (Ancestry Family Tree Maker, August 23, 2008)

Ann Cavanaugh Edleman, The Mellettes: A Family and A Home (Watertown: Mellette Memorial Association, 2005)

Joanita Kant, Maggie: The Civil War Diary of Margaret Wylie Mellette (Watertown: Mellette Memorial Association, 1983)

“Wylie House Museum Docent Manual,” (2011)

YW Boston, “About Us: Our Story,”

Secondary Bibliography: Historiography

Rima D. Apple, Janet Golden, Mothers & Motherhood: Readings in American History (Ohio State University Press, October 1, 1997)

Nora Doyle, ‘“The Highest Pleasure of Which Woman's Nature Is Capable": Breast-Feeding and the Sentimental Maternal Ideal in America, 1750-1860,” The Journal of American History 97:4 (March 2011), 958-973.

Wendy Gamber, The Boarding House in Nineteenth-Century America (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2007)

Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of “The Yellow Wall-Paper” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Judith Walzer Leavitt, Brought to Bed: Childrearing in American, 1750-1950 (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1986)

James H. Madison, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press and Indiana Historical Society Press, 2014)

Jo B. Paoletti, Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012)

Amy G. Richter, At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History (New York: NYU Press, 2015)          

Charles E. Rosenberg, Right Living: An Anglo-American Tradition of Self-Help Medicine and Hygiene (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

Wendy Simonds, Barbara Katz Rothman, Centuries of Solace: Expressions of Maternal Grief in Popular Literature (Temple University Press, 1992)

Carrol Smith-Rosenberg, “The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century America,” Signs 1:1 (Autumn, 1975), 1-29.

Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York 1789-1860 (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1983

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Modern Motherhood: An American History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Kirsten E. Wood, Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows from the American Revolution through the Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004)

Naomi Wolf, Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood (New York: Doubleday, 2001)

Notes on Research and Further Reading