Date of Award


Call Number

GV191.42.M2 C8 1996

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


American New England Studies

First Advisor

Ardis Cameron

Second Advisor

Joseph Conforti


ourdoor life-maine -history, women hunters - Maine, outdoor recreation for women-Maine


Women's roles were in flux during the late nineteenth centuury and early twentieth century. Faced with neurasthenia and other health problems, many upper and middle class women accepted the suggestions of doctors and social reformers that they take more exercise, usually in the form of calisthenics and bicycling.The quest for genuine experience in the increasingly artificial and overpopulated cities brought many male sports to Maine's untamed woods and, by 1890, women joined them in increasing numbers.

This study explores the attraction that the Maine wilderness held for upper and middle class Victorian women.