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NYPD - Historical and Current Research: Women in the NYPD

This is a guide mainly focusing on the history of the NYPD, but modern sources are covered too. By Ellen Belcher


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Web Resources and Timelines

History of Women in the NYPD - From the Policewomen's Endowment Association, includes a timeline. [unavailable as of April 2022]

Keynote Remarks at the 2015 Women in Policing Conference: “Women in the NYPD: Hear Them Roar” Mary Jo White, includes several links

NYPD CELEBRATES WOMEN IN POLICING (press release April 15, 2009)

Daily News (2/22/2017) Historic changes at NYPD as two women lead a Bureau for first time

NBC "Prime Suspects" slide show - A Brief History of Women in the NYPD" [not all of the images appear to match the captions]

Books and Serials on Women Police

WomenPolice - is published by the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). Previous titles were PoliceWoman and IAWP Bulletin. Periodicals - HV8023 .I2

Policewomen's Endowment Association, NYPD.  On Target Newsletter (New York, N.Y.). Periodicals HV 8023 .O6

The Police journal : a monthly review of police progress, problems and activities. (1922). Police Journal Pub. Co. featured a column on police women in most issues. Periodicals ; HV7551 .P58 [JJ holdings v.9 (1922)-v.16 (1928)]

Policewomen were often featured in the NYPD Annual Reports and Spring 3100 as well.

BOOKS   ***Try searching the subject heading "Policewomen -- New York (State) -- New York""****

Aldrich-Moodie, M. (2002). Staking out their domain : Women in the New York City Police Department, 1890-1935. Thesis (Ph. D.) -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stacks HV8148 .N52 A628 2002a

Barack, L. (1928) Ziele und Aufgaben der weiblichen Polizei in Deutschland Special Collections (open stacks) - HV 8023 .B3 - this volume has several images of early NYPD and London Metropolitan Policewomen as well as those from other police forces.

Bratton, W., & Scott, Elsie L. (1995). Women of the NYPD : A historical perspective 1891-1995. New York, N.Y.: Police Department., city of New York. Special Collections Room (available by appointment only) HV8148 .N52 B725 1995 [also freely available on our Library Digital Collections]

Darien, A. (2013). Becoming New York's Finest : Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD, 1935-1980. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. available as an ebook

Hamilton, M. (1971). The policewoman, her service and ideals. Reprint of the 1924 ed. (Police in America). New York: Arno Press & The New York Times. Stacks - HV8023 .H3 1971

Hassell et al., 2011. Women and policing in America : classic and contemporary readings, Frederick, MD: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Stacks HV8023 .W555 2011

Sichel, J. L. (1978). Women on patrol : a pilot study of police performance in New York City. National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Stacks ; HV8148 .N52 W65 [ also freely available from the Vera Institute]

Sullivan, M. (1938) My double life. (1983 reprint) Stacks - HV7911 .S84 A3 1983

Selected Scholarly Articles on the Women in the NYPD

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Darien, A. (2002) The Alter Ego of the Patrolman? Policewomen and the Discourse of Difference in the NYPD. Women’s Studies 31: 561-608.

Melchionne, T. M. (1967). Current Status and Problems of Women Police. Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology & Police Science, 58/2: 257–260.

Shpritzer, F. (1959) A case for the promotion of policewomen in the city of New York.  Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology & Police Science 50/4: 415-419.

Shultz, D. M. (2004) A precinct of their own: The New York City Women's Precinct, 1921-1923. New York History: 85/1: 39-64.

Philippe, Y (2011) Community mothers or impromptu actresses? The multifaceted experience of women in the New York Police Department (1900-1941). Law, Crime & History 1/1: 35-61.

Archival Collections relating to WomenPolice

RECORDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN POLICE (IAWP) These papers document the activities of IAWP and include minutes of annual meetings, correspondence, newsletters and publications. A finding aid is available

SUPPLEMENTARY COLLECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN POLICE (IAWP) These papers document the activities of Lois Higgins, (IAWP President from 1956 to 1964), mainly related to her career with the Chicago Police Department. Also included are the papers of IAWP President Felicia Shpritzer (IAWP President, 1972-76) related to her career in the NYPD.  A finding aid is available.

KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICE OF THE MATRON BLOTTER (1904-1909) Manuscript log book recording crimes, arrests, investigations by the Women's division during the early years of the Kansas City, MO Police Department.