Welcome to Twentieth Century Advice Literature:
North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family

Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family allows students and researchers to immerse themselves in the values and behaviors of Americans of the past. The collection provides a window into American social history by bringing together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century. When complete, the collection will contain 150,000 pages of fully searchable handbooks, manuals, textbooks, etiquette guides, self-help books, instructional pamphlets, and how-to books that illustrate both how Americans actually behaved and how they felt they ought to behave. The collection currently includes 152,489 pages. Learn more >>


FEATURED


The Official Preppy Handbook, by James Montgomery Flagg


Life with Women and How to Survive It, by Joseph Howard Peck


Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual, by Phyllis Diller


Eugenics, or the Laws of Sex Life and Heredity: Nature's Secrets Revealed, by Thomas Washington Shannon