Welcome to the 1893 Women's Library foreign titles project. The Foreign Titles collection encased within the Woman’s Library at the World Columbian Exposition in 1893 is our starting point. This display, one of several exhibits in the Woman’s Building, collected women’s writings comprising some 3000 contemporary titles selected to represent 21 participating countries. It was assembled to document and construct the idea of women’s achievement in sciences, arts, architecture, literature and creative professions from across the world, at the start of the Progressive Era. This site serves as a reconfiguration of the collection of foreign titles. 

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Portuguese letters with the answers. Letter by Miss Aissa, followed by those of Montesquieu and even the Knight of the Deffand Aydie, etc. Edit decorated with a portrait of Miss Aissa, a facsimile of an engraving of time

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Jean de La Brète, pseudonym of d’Alice Cherbonnel,was a French writer born in Saumur in 1858 and died in Breuil-Bellay ( Maine-et-Loire ) in 1945. Mon oncle et mon curé was published in 1889 and was on display at the 1893 Woman’s Library.

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Coignet’s Reform before the French civil wars, 1512-1559 was published in 1890 in Paris by Fischbacher. Coignet was a major moral philosopher and was actively involved in the movement to reform the French educational system (Allen, 171).


The permanent collection will not be unchangeable. It will have somewhat the same permanence a river has.–A. Conger Goodyear, 193