Nellie Bly and Other Stunt Girls (and Boys) of the Late 1880s-Early 1900s

Reportage

Description

Bly was one of the most visible and attention-getting exponents of undercover reporting -- "stunt" or "detective" reporting, as this precursor of full-scale investigative work was known in her day -- though by no means the first or the only.

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Newspaper, Book

Articles, Books, Video/Film

  • I-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily TImes | A Lady Reporter's Experience in the Shops with the Sewing Serfs. Making Tidies at Sixty Cents a Dozen and Paying Three Dollars for the Privilege

    July 30, 1888
    The first in Nell Nelson's series based on time undercover in factories employing girls and women in Chicago. The ...
  • II-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Further Details of the Factory Investgation Conducted by "The Times'" Lady Reporter. A Cloak Concern Where Nothing But Fear of the Law Seems to Prevent The Use of the Lash

    July 31, 1888
    The second article in Nell Nelson (a pseudonym)'s undercover series on the working conditions of women and girls in ...
  • III-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Startling Experiences of "The Times'" Lady Reporter in the Factory of Julius Stein & Co. Left in a Foul and Filthy Corner of the Workroom Until Outraged Nature Succumbs

    August 1, 1888
    The third article in Nell Nelson's series on women and girls who work in Chicago's factories. Nelson went ...
  • IV-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "The Times'" Lady Reporter, in the Guise of a Factory Bondwoman, is insulted by a Scoundrel

    August 2, 1888
    The fourth article in the undercover series exposing working conditions in Chicago's factories for women and girls. ...
  • V-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | While Among Chicago's Weak Serfs The Times Lady Reporter Finds Mr. Goss' "Good Jew"

    August 3, 1888
    The fifth installment of Nell Nelson's undercover reports from Chicago's factories, documenting the working ...
  • VI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "The Times'" Lady Reporter Spends a Day in Goldsmith's Tailor Shop at 258 Rumsey Street

    August 4, 1888
    part of Nell Nelson's undercover series on working conditions for women in Chicago's factories. Nelson worked ...
  • VII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Nell Nelson Puts in a Whole Day with Pardridge & Co. on State Street

    August 5, 1888
    Nell Nelson works as a dry-goods clerk as part of her undercover look into the conditions for female laborers in ...
  • VIII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | A Second Investigation "By Request" of Some of the Places Already Visited

    August 6, 1888
    Nell Nelson's undercover series examining women's working conditions in Chicago factories continues with a ...
  • IX-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | The "Times" Lady Reporter Finds Some Factorymen who treat their Employees Decently. At the Dearborn Feather Duster Company's Place the Conditions Could Be Improved.

    August 7, 1888
    Nell Nelson's undercover series exposing working conditions for women in Chicago's factories continues. This ...
  • X-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "Nell Nelson" investigates the Boston Store and Is Shocked at What She Finds. A Basement that on a Hot Day is So Stifling it Reminds One of the "Black Hole of Calcutta."

    August 8, 1888
    The undercover series continues its expose of working conditions for women in Chicago's factories. Nell Nelson ...
  • XI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "Nell Nelson" spends a Day Among the Serfs and Bondwomen in the Shops of "Little Hell." For Four Hours of Unceasing Toil in a Dirty, Crowded Tailor's Room She Is Paid Six Cents.

    August 9, 1888
    "Nell Nelson" finds work in a slop shop for a day, making ready-made clothes for a measly wage, part of her ...
  • XII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Places Where Virtue Counts for Nothing and Is Not Tolerated by the Employer. Body and Soul Must Be Given Up To The Scoundrels Or The Employee Loses Her Situation.

    August 10, 1888
    Nelson's undercover stories about working conditions for women in Chicago's factories continue. This article ...
  • XIII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "The Times" Reporter Wanders Into The Loud-Smelling Tailor-Shops on Twelfth Street. An Insight Into the Peculair Methods by Which Wholesale Clothing Dealers Grow Rich.

    August 11, 1888
    A (male) reporter is taken through the cloak factories by an insider volunteer as Nell Nelson's undercover series on ...
  • XIV-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Nell Nelson Continues To Expose the Slave-Grinding Hell-Holes of Chicago

    August 12, 1888
    Part of the Times's undercover series on working conditions for women in Chicago's factories, based on undercover ...
  • XV-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | A "Times" reporter Accompanies a Health Officer on Another Visit to The Slave-Pens

    August 13, 1888
    A Times reporter makes a second trip with the health department to factories in Chicago, where working conditions ...
  • XVI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | A Young Widow Attempted to Support Herself and Child by Making Overalls

    August 14, 1888
    Nell Nelson gives the account of court room plea for mercy by a woman working in Chicago's garment industry. The ...
  • XVII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | Their Condition in the Shoe Shops as Described by "The Times" Lady Reporter. Little Heroines Who Work For Three Meals, a Roof at Night, and Their Carfare.

    August 15, 1888
    "Nell Nelson" goes to a shoe factory and examines the working conditions of young girls working to support their ...
  • XVIII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson -Chicago Daily Times | Take a Trip with a "Times" Reporter Through a Mattress and Pillow Manufactory

    August 16, 1888
    Nell Nelson reports on the working conditions for women in a mattress factory in Chicago as part of her undercover ...
  • XIX-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "Nell Nelson" Spends an Hour n the Factory of Henry W. King & Co, on Union Street, And Reads The Old Story of Want and Misery, Ill Health and Privation - in the Faces of The Toilers

    August 17, 1888
    Nelson continues her undercover expose of women's working conditions in Chicago factories.
  • XX-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | "Nell Nelson" Spends a Half-Day in the Princess Knitting Company's Unwholsomene Factory

    August 18, 1888
    Nell Nelson works a job usually completed by female child laborers at a Chicago factory. Part of an undercover ...
  • XXI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | A "Times" Reporter Gets into a Paper Box Manufactory That Puzzles and Bewilders Him

    August 19, 1888
    The final article in the "Nell Nelson" undercover series looks at a paper box factory, and also responds to ...
  • XXII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | They want Neither Pity, Charity, Nor Tracts but Practical instruction

    August 26, 1888
    Nell Nelson follows up her undercover reporting on the working conditions for women in Chicago's factories with a ...
  • XXIII-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times | A Poor Sewing Woman's Story of Pain, Poverty, and Privation, Sickness and Sorrow

    August 27, 1888
    The Times publishes a letter written in response to the City Slave Girls series, with commentary, as one of two ...
  • I-"Woman's Kingdom" - Kathleen "Kit" Coleman - The Toronto Mail | Kit's Gossip and Chit Chat: Tramps With the London Genius

    March 12, 1892
    Kathleen "Kit" Coleman traveled overseas in 1892 to go undercover as a male to report for The Toronto Mail to ...
  • II-"Woman's Kingdom" - Kathleen "Kit" Coleman - The Toronto Mail | Kit's Gossip and Chit Chat: Tramps With the London Genius

    March 19, 1892
    Kathleen "Kit" Coleman traveled overseas in 1892 to go undercover as a male to report for The Toronto Mail to ...
  • III-"Woman's Kingdom" - Kathleen "Kit" Coleman - The Toronto Mail | Kit's Gossip and Chit Chat: Tramps With the London Genius

    March 26, 1892
    Kathleen "Kit" Coleman traveled overseas in 1892 to go undercover as a male to report for The Toronto Mail to ...
  • IV-"Woman's Kingdom" - Kathleen "Kit" Coleman - The Toronto Mail | Kit's Gossip and Chit Chat: Tramps With the London Genius

    April 2, 1892
    Kathleen "Kit" Coleman traveled overseas in 1892 to go undercover as a male to report for The Toronto Mail to ...
  • V-"Woman's Kingdom" - Kathleen "Kit" Coleman - The Toronto Mail | Kit's Gossip and Chit Chat: Tramps With the London Genius

    April 16, 1892
    Kathleen "Kit" Coleman traveled overseas in 1892 to go undercover as a male to report for The Toronto Mail to ...
  • "Fleet Street Memories" - Elizabeth Banks - The New York Times | A dip into the diaries and notebooks left by the late Sir John Richard Robinson, the London journalist.

    January 28, 1905
    Elizabeth Banks writes about Sir John Richard Robinson after his death, with whom she shared many personal memories.
  • Elizabeth Banks' "Campaigns & Curiosity: Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London"

    1895
  • "Tips Versus Social Equality and Self-Respect" - Elizabeth Banks - The New York Times

    June 11, 1905
    Elizabeth Banks discusses her opinions on tipping in America.
  • Elizabeth L. Banks' "The Autobiography of a Newspaper Girl"

    1902
  • "English and American Mistresses and Maid Servants—A Comparative Study" - Elizabeth Banks - The New York Times

    January 8, 1905
    Elizabeth Banks compares servants in America and England and descibes the many ways they differ.
  • II-"Song of the Shirt" - Eva Gay (aka Eva McDonald aka Eva Valesh) - St. Paul Globe | Eva Gay's Visit to the Girl Workers in Minneapolis Shirt Factories; Some of the Dark, Dank and Disagreeable Shops of the Shirt Workers; Girls Must Furnish Their Own Machines, as Well as the Sewing Materials; Starvation Wages for Hard Work--Girls Terrorized by Their Taskmasters.

    April 8, 1888
    Gay wrote a series of articles on posing as a factory worker to assess conditions in Minnesota with a pledge to ...
  • I-"The Toiling Women" - Eva Gay (aka Eva McDonald aka Eva Valesh) - St. Paul Globe | Eva Gay's Trip Through Bag and Mattress Factories of Minneapolis; Sewing Mid Clouds of Dust--Hardships Hand in Hand With Small Wages; Employers Who Provide Necessary Conveniences and Others Who Do Not; Girls Compelled to "Stand for Their Health" -- Mattress Works Employes

    April 1, 1888
    Gay wrote a series of articles on posing as a factory worker to assess conditions in Minnesota with a pledge to ...
  • III-"Working in the Wet" - Eva Gay - St. Paul Globe | Eva Gay's Glance at the Girls Who Work in the Laundries; Some of the Work is Terrible and the Pay is Generally Low; Girls Acknowledge the Work is Surely Breaking Their Health; More of the Crusade, with Some of the Natural Consequences

    April 15, 1888
  • IV-"Eva Gay's Travels" - Eva Gay - St. Paul Gobe | Among the Girls Who Toil in the Steam Laundries of Minneapolis; Beal's the Place Where Poor Girls Work and Get No Pay for It; One Laundry Where the Girl Help is Treated as It Should Be; Why Girls Go Astray--Character No Object--Observations on Laundry Life

    April 22, 1888
  • I-"In the Guise of a Beggar" - E.M.S - New York World | A Young Woman's Nervy Exploit for the Sunday World; The Poor Who Befriend the Poor

    March 16, 1890
    Journalist goes undercover to exploit the poor.
  • II-"Trying for the Stage" - Unsigned - New York World | How a Young Woman Finally Became a Chorus Girl; Discharged after One Week

    March 16, 1890
    A journalist who had wanted to be a dancer her whole life finally landed a job but was let go a week later.
  • III-"A Woman in the Steerage" - S. J. Stevenson - New York World | What a Young Lady Experienced on the Adriatic - Wretched Food and Quarters

    March 16, 1890
    S. J. Stevenson observes the conditions in steerage while traveling on the White Star Steamer Adriatic.
  • IV-"Working for Uncle Sam" - C. S. S. - New York World | The Story of a Woman Clerk in the Pension Office; Like a "Grown-Up" Schoolroom

    March 16, 1890
    Journalist writes about her experience working in a pension office.
  • II - "Inside the Madhouse" - Nellie Bly - New York World | II - "Nellie Bly's Experience in the Blackwell's Island Asylum; Continuation of the Story of Ten Days with Lunatics; How the City's Unfortunate Wards Are Fed and Treated; The Terrors of Cold Baths and Cruel, Unsympathetic Nurses; Attendants Who Harass and Abuse Patients and Laugh at Their Miseries"

    October 16, 1887
    Part II of Bly's report on her 10 days incarcerated in the women's lunatic asylum on Blackwell's Island.
  • I - "Behind Asylum Bars" - Nellie Bly - New York World | The Mystery of the Unknown Insane Girl; Remarkable Story of the Successful Impersonation of Insanity; How Nellie Brown Deceived Judges, Reporters and Medical Experts; She Tells Her Story of How She Passed at Bellevue Hospital; Studying the Role of Insanity Before Her Mirror and Practicing It at the Temporary Home for Women; Arrested and Brought Before Judge Duffy; He Declares She is Some Mother's Darling and Resembles His Sister; Committed to the Care of the Physicians for the Insane at Bellevue; Experts Declare Her Demented; Harsh Treatment of the Insane at Bellevue; "Charity Patients Should Not Complain"; Vivid Pictures of Hospital Life; How Our Esteemed Contemporaries Have Followed a False Trail; Some Needed LIght Afforded Them; Chapters of Absorbing Interest in the Experience of a Feminine "Amateur Casual."

    October 9, 1887
    The first in Bly's two-part series on her experiences incarcerated for 10 days in the women's lunatic asylum on ...
  • "What Becomes of Babies?" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Hundreds and Hundreds of Little Ones Given Away Yearly; Met the Petted Darlings of the Rich, But the Infants Born to Shame; These Are the Ones That Are Given to Alien Hand; Regular Traffic in New-Born Babes; A Money-Making Trade in Humanity 'th

    November 6, 1887
    Bly poses as a woman in pursuit of a baby to buy in an exposé of the baby-buying trade.
  • "Wanted - A Few Husbands" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly's Strange Experience at a Noted Matrimonial Agency

    December 4, 1887
    Bly tours New York's matrimonial agencies in ostensible search of a husband.
  • "Visiting the Dispensaries" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Narrowly Escapes Having Her Tonsils Amputated; Treated as a Charity Patient in the Throat, Skin and Ear Infirmaries; She Joins the Throngs of Poor Invalids and Finds Out How Free Medical Aid Is Dispensed; One Brusque Old Doctor Probes Her Throat and Nose and Wants to Perform an Operation; A Young Physician Tells Her Never to Wash Her Face With Soap; The Druggists' Big Profits; What She Saw and Heard

    December 2, 1888
    Nellie investigates the city's dispensaries for charity patients who are sick.
  • "Nellie Bly as a Mesmerist" - Nellie Bly - New York World | The Strange and Awful Experience of a Certain Mr. Gray

    March 25, 1888
  • "Trying to Be a Servant" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly's Strange Experiences at Two Employment Agencies

    October 30, 1887
    Bly investigates the employment agencies that place domestic servants.
  • "The Girls Who Make Boxes" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Tells How It Feels to Be a White Slave; She Tries Her Hand at Making Paper Boxes; Difficulty in Getting a Job; Most Work Two Weeks for Nothing; After One Learns the Trade It Is Hard to Earn a Living; A Fair Picture of the Work

    November 27, 1887
  • "Nellie Bly on the Stage" - Nellie Bly - New York World | She Wears a Scant Costume; Marches with the Amazons

    March 4, 1888
    Bly writes about her turn on the stage as a member of the dancing chorus line for "The Amazon March."
  • "Shadowed by a Detective" - Nellie Bly - New York World | "Nellie Bly Makes a Test of the Private Spy Nuisance"

    April 28, 1889
  • "In the Magdalen Home" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly's Visit to an Institution for Unfortunate Women; A Wicked Girl's Chances for Reformation — How Poor Creatures Abuse a Noble Charity-Matron Burr's Experiences — The Girl Who Befriended an Unlucky Cat — The Toboggan Slide of Sin

    February 12, 1888
  • "In the Biggest New York Tenement" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Spends the Two Hottest Days of the Year in the Largest "Double Decker" in Town; 3,532 People in the Block; One Family Occupying Only Three Rooms Have Eight Boarders and Lodgers; Sleeping on the Fire-Escapes; No Scenes of Disturbance or DIsorder Among the Throngs of Over-Crowded Tenants; Strange Phases of Life in a Big City; An Interesting Chat with the Janitress of the Big Double-Decker Tenement House

    August 5, 1894
    Bly spends the hottest nights of the year in New York's biggest tenement apartment.
  • "Nellie Bly a Prisoner" - Nellie Bly - New York World | "She Has Herself Arrested to Gain Entrance to a Station-House"

    February 24, 1889
    Bly gets herself arrested to experience life for a woman in jail.
  • "Learning Ballet Dancing" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly in Short Gauze Skirts Kicks at a Mark

    December 18, 1887
  • "Nellie Bly Buys a Baby" - Nellie Bly - New York World | An Innocent Child Sold Into Slavery for Ten Dollars; The Appalling Traffic in Human Flesh in New York; Heartless Mothers and Grasping Midwives Who Barter Helpless Children for Money; Shocking Indifference of the Slave-Dealers as to What Becomes of the LIttle Ones-No Questions Asked; A Visit to the Midwife Who Sold the Bogus Hamilton Baby; Startling Facts Which Will Appeal to Every Loving Mother in the Land

    October 6, 1889
    Bly's four-column feature report on the baby-buying trade in New York, including the statement of one woman who ...
  • "Nellie Bly's Doctors: Seven Well-Known Physicians Disagree About Her Case" - Nellie Bly - New York World | "Dyspepsia" Says Dr. Francis Delafield, of No. 12 West 32d Street; "Malaria" Says Dr. Meyer: "All Stomach Trouble," Says Dr. McNutt; "Shattered Nerves," "Defective Eyes" "Neralgia" &c.; And the Doctors Were All Given the Same and Absolutely Truthful Symptoms; An Extraodinary Variety of Prescriptions Written by These Seven Reputable New York Physicians; The Adage that DOctors Disagree Illustrated in a Somewhat Startling Way; What Can Medical Science Say to This? An Article of Peculiar Interest to Everybody

    October 27, 1889
    Bly visits a number of physicians, describes the same symptoms to each and gets a different diagnosis and ...
  • Nellie Bly's "Ten Days in a Madhouse"

    1887
  • "Working Girls Beware!" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Exposes a Snare For Swindling Poor Women; A Contemptible Scheme to Rob Needy Girls Who Seek Employment; Heartless Women Who Promise to Find Work for Scarf-Makers and Lure Them Into Their Clutches; Demanding Pay for Instruction They Never Give, and, After Taking the Last Penny, Turning Them Out With No Effort to Secure Employment; Sad Stories of the Wretched Swindle from the Lips of Helpless Girls and Bereaved MothersthU

    February 3, 1889
    Bly did not go undercover for this one but interviewed the many women writing to the World to tell of their misfortune.
  • III-Followup: "UnTruths in Every Line" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Contradicts a Recent Article in The Sun; She Gives Many Additional Facts About Her Remarkable Sojourn on Blackwell's Island; More Praise for Dr. Ingram; He Is the Right Man in the Right Place; The Other Doctors Heartless and Careless

    October 17, 1887
  • IV-Reaction: Behind Asylum Bars: "Some of the Doctors Deny It" - Unsigned - New York World | Nellie Bly's Story Has ... Impression on Commissioners

    October 17, 1887
  • Behind Asylum Bars-Followup: "THE WORLD Their Savior" - Unsigned - New York World | How Nellie Bly's Work Will Help the City's Insane; Her Stories of the Treatment of Patients on Blackwell's Island Induce the Board of Estimate and Apportionment to Grant More Money to the Charity Commissioners - The Mayor Warns Dr. McDonald

    October 28, 1887
  • Behind Asylum Bars Reaction: "Nellie Bly Led the Way" - Unsigned - New York World | The Grand Jury Reports on Abuses at Blackwell's Island Asylum; Its Eyes Opened by THE WORLD's Account of the Horrors of the Place - Condemning the Junior Physicians and the Nurses as Incompetent - Recommending the Employment of Female Doctors

    November 3, 1887
  • Reaction: "Who Is This Insane Girl?" - Unsigned - New York Sun | She Is Pretty, Well Dressed and Speaks Spanish; She Wandered into Matron Stenard's Home for Women and Asked for a Pistol to Protect Herself

    September 25, 1887
    The Sun's reporter, as well as reporters from other of the World's competitors, encounters the mysterious insane girl.
  • Reaction: "Playing Madwoman"- Unsigned - New York Sun | Nellie Bly Too Sharp for Island Doctors; Nine Days in Calico; The Sun Finishes Up Its Story of the 'Pretty Crazy Girl'

    October 14, 1887
    The New York Sun attempts to steal a march on the New York World's scoop after Nellie Bly's ten-days in the women's ...
  • Reaction: "Nellie Brown—Memory Still Gone" - Unsigned - New York Sun | No One Claims the Pretty Crazy Girl at Bellevue

    September 26, 1887
    More follow-up from the World's competitors on the mysterious insane girl.
  • Follow-up: "Playing MadWoman" - Unsigned - New York Sun | Nellie Bly Too Sharp for Island Doctors; Nine Days Life in Calico; The Sun Finishes Up Its Story of the "Pretty Crazy Girl"; Questioned, Prescribed for, Locked in a Bare Cell Every Night; Uniformed in Furniture Goods; Bathed by Alien Hands; Washed Regularly Without Her Own Hands After Every Meal of Coarse Food; Silly and Uncouth Companions in Whose Childish Pleasure She Did Not Join; Her Deception Successful; Incidents of Her Adventure and Official Accounts of It

    October 14, 1887
  • Reaction: "Nelly Marina or Brown" - Unsigned - New York Sun | She Tells a Little About Herself, but is a Mystery Yet

    October 5, 1887
    More coverage by the World's competitors of the mysterious insane girl.
  • Reaction: "Friends Claim Nellie Marena" - Unsigned - New York Sun

    October 7, 1887
    more coverage by the World's competitors of the mysterious insane girl.
  • I-"The King of the Lobby" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Edward R. Phelps Caught in a Neatly Laid Trap; Nellie Bly's Interesting Experience in Albany; How the Lobby King Contracts to Kill Bills for Cash; Dealing with Legislators as with Purchasable Chattels; Phelps Furnishes 'The World' with a List of Assembly Commissioners Who Are Bribable; His Agreement to Kill Assembly Bill No. 191 for $5,000; Afterwards Concludes to Take Less; The Check to Be Made Out to His Side Partner, J.W. Chesbrough; "I Have Control of the House and Can Pass or Kill Any Bill"; A Revelation of Baseness that Should Fill the State with Indignation; The Watch Here

    April 1, 1888
    Bly's expose of Albany's Lobby King, Edward Phelps, by posing as a prospective client who, on behalf of her ...
  • Followup-"The Lobby King's Bluff" - Unsigned - New York World | "Ed" Phelps's Absurd Explanations About That Agreement to Bribe; He Was Trying to Catch 'Nellie Bly' All the Time; Why, Oh! Why, Then, Did He Give Written Memoranda and Hang About the St. James Hotel?; Talk of a Legislative Investigation; Why Not a Grand Jury Indictment In This County? Comments in This City and Albany

    April 2, 1888
    Part Two of Bly's pose as a client for the lobby king of Albany in her purported attempt to get a bill killed.
  • "The Nellie Brown Mystery" - Unsigned - New York World | Her Story as Told from Day to Day by the City Newspapers; From the Sun, Sunday, Sept 25, WHO IS THIS INSANE GIRL? She Is Pretty, Well Dressed and Speaks Spanish; She Wandered Into Matron Stenard's Home for Women and Asked for a Pistol to Protect Herself; Is Her Name Marina?

    October 9, 1887
    The New York World reprints an article from the Sept. 25, 1887 New York Sun as well as reporting from the city's ...
  • "'Nellie Brown's' Story" - Unsigned - New York World | The Widespread Interest Caused by "The World's" Publication; Her Sad Experience the Talk of the Town; Its Truthfulness Acknowledged at Bellevue; Nurses and Doctors Admit They Were Deceived; Warden O'Rourke's Sagacity; The Ambulance Surgeon Explains

    October 10, 1887
  • Elizabeth Banks' "Campaigns & Curiosity: Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London"

    1895
  • "Begging as an Avocation" - Viola Roseboro - New York World | An Adventurous Woman Goes Out Asking Alms in the Street; She Borrows Some Old Clothes; Sneaks Out of the House and Faces the World; Sixty-three Cents for a Half Day's Toil; Not a Very Hard Business; Men Didn't Contribute but Women Were Victims

    December 11, 1887
    Viola Roseboro spends half a day in the guise of a beggar asking alms on New York's streets.
  • "Skilful Cigarette Girls" - Fannie B. Merrill - New York World | Very Little Romance and Much Work the Rule Among Them

    November 20, 1887
    Fannie Merrill explains how girls make paper cigarettes.
  • "Even Hogs Fare Better" - Unsigned - New York World | How the New York Central Transports Emigrant Passengers; What a "World" Reporter Saw While Disguised as a Swede; On the Way to Castle Garden - Challenged by the Watch - An "Emigrant" Ticket to Buffalo - The Passenger Pool Octopus - Sale of Ticket and Division of Spoils - Evasion of the Interstate Commerce Laws - Families Separated by Pool Agents - Scenes in Old Citadel - The Test of a Disguise - A Clever Stratagem - On the Barge - Packed in Cars in a Freight Shed - Touching Sights on an Immigrant Train - The Missing Passenger at Debbs Ferry

    March 4, 1888
  • Comment: "Comment at Albany" - Unsigned - New York World | Surprise That Even a Women Could Trick the Lobby King

    April 2, 1888
    Comment on Nellie Bly's "The King of the Lobby" expose.
  • "A Month in the Workhouse" - W. P. H. - New York World | A "World" Reporter's Experience on Blackwells's Island - He Simulates Drunkenness and Is Sent Up for Thirty Days - Loathsome Condition of the Sleeping Cells - How the Bakery Gang Makes Sickening Bread - No Baths Allowed and Everybody is Unclean

    June 10, 1888
  • "Why Don't Women Reform?" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Asks This Question of Police Court Prisoners; She Spends a Day at Jefferson Market Court and Jail

    June 17, 1888
  • "The Infamy of the Park" - Nellie Bly -New York World

    August 5, 1888
    Nellie Bly goes undercover to investigate the man in Central Park.
  • "Nellie Bly on the Wing" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Some Things She Saw, Heard and Experienced While Traveling; Saidee Polk Fall's Happy Life at the Famous Polk Homestead-A Bit of Amele Riven's Early History-Peet Riley's Wisdom-Experience with a Southern Quarantine Officer-An Indignant Traveller.

    November 4, 1888
    Nellie Bly overheard many interesting things while traveling.
  • "A Female Usurer's Trick" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Exposes One of the Secrets of a Diamond Shop; Loaning Money Without a License to Actresses and Rich Women

    May 12, 1889
    Nellie Bly exposes how a diamond shop in New York really operates.
  • "Another Wicked Swindle" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Exposes a Fraud in Worthless Washing Machines

    March 31, 1889
    Nellie Bly exposes a laundromat's false advertising.
  • "Jolly at the French Ball" - Nellie Bly - New York World | Nellie Bly Tells of the Frolics and Breeziness After Midnight

    February 10, 1889
    Nellie Bly goes to the French Ball as an investigative journalist, not undercover.
  • "Nellie Bly at West Point" - Nellie Bly - New York World | She Inspects the Tightly Laced Young Cadets at Their Military Maneuvers

    June 9, 1889
    Nellie Bly goes to West Point to "blend" in.
  • "Nellie Bly's 700 Doctors" - Nellie Bly - New York World | A Perfect Army of Wiseacres Come to Her Relief; Queer Ways to Cure That Headache; Her Experience with the Seven Distinguished New York Physicians Interested Everybody All Over the Country-Medicine Enough Received to Stock a Drug Store

    November 10, 1889
    Nellie Bly tells readers how she now has numerous doctors prescribing her medicine for her illness.
  • "With the Prison Matrons" - Nellie Bly - New York World | They Tell Nellie Bly That Women Never Reform

    January 13, 1889
    Nellie Bly goes to prisons and talks to women about why they do not reform.
  • "In a Poor Babies' Hospital" - Unsigned - New York World | Clean Little Cot Beds and Motherly Nurses for the Children

    March 10, 1889