In the Media



Women Computers Resources:


  • Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College. Cambridge, MA: Harvard College Observatory, 1856-1954. (Available in the Wollbach Library and digitized on
  • Bailey, Solon. The History and Work of Harvard Observatory 1839-1927. New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1931.
  • Hirshfeld, Alan. Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe. New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2014.
  • Hoffleit, Dorrit. Women in the History of Variable Star Astronomy. Cambridge, MA: AAVSO, 1993.
  • Jones, Bessie Zaban and Lyle Gifford Boyd. The Harvard College Observatory: The First Four Directorships, 1839-1919. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Johnson, George. Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe. New York: W.W.Norton & Co., 2005.
  • Kuiper, Kathleen, ed. The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time. New York: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2010.
  • Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the Measure of the Stars. New York: Viking Books, 2016.
  • Yost, Edna. American Women of Science. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1943.
  • Yount, Lisa. A to Z of Women in Science and Math. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1999.



Women Computers in Archives and Libraries:

Harvard Archives:

Harvard Observatory Photographs (UAV 630.271) 

Schesinger Library at Radcliffe Institute:
"Women Working 1800-1930. “Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911).” Harvard University Library Open Collections Program.

Wollbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics holds many resources of the women computers.

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