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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1940. Department of History.


Copyright 1940, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis is a study of the life of the pioneer woman on the Kansas-Nebraska frontier. Chapters include:

  1. A Woman’s Problem of Housing
  2. Feeding and Clothing a Family under Adversity
  3. The Pioneer Attitude toward Women
  4. Common Fears of the Pioneer Woman
  5. The Social Life of the Pioneer Woman
  6. The Health Problems on the Frontier
  7. Characteristics of Some Pioneer Women

Sources used in the writing of this thesis include public documents, historical collections and serial publications, personal materials, manuscripts from the Nebraska State Historical Society, newspapers and periodicals, county histories, personal interviews with eight pioneer women, as well as other sources.

Historical collections include collections from Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Newspapers and periodicals are referenced from the following towns and cities in Nebraska Territory: Beatrice, Bellevue, Brownville, Dakota City, DeSoto, Falls City, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Omaha, Wood River and Wyoming. The county histories referenced are from the following counties in Nebraska: Buffalo, Gage, Seward, and Platte. The personal interviews referenced in this thesis were conducted in 1928.

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