It is a common myth that the Library of Congress holds two copies of every book ever printed. No library could be that large.
Nonetheless, books and periodicals have been pouring into the General Collections for more than two centuries. They arrive
by copyright deposit, purchase, gift, and exchange at the rate of one thousand a day, and they cover every subject dreamt
of by humans.
No single Web site could suggest all the ways in which items in the General Collections might support research on U.S. women's
history. The selected holdings described in this section are grouped into five broad topics in keeping with the focus on types of materials rather than on subjects: