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Although the Famous Five are perhaps best known and most honoured for their work on the "Persons" Case, their interests and concerns were wide ranging. The National Library of Canada houses publications by and about these women, which highlight their involvement in the temperance and women's suffrage movements, as well as their literary and political activities.

Several of the women are the subjects of full-length biographies. Their social reform efforts and ideas are discussed in academic studies on suffrage and social activism. Only a small selection of the published writings of the Famous Five has been included here. These range from a pamphlet on temperance worker Sara Rowell Wright, to a speech delivered at a United Farmers of Alberta election rally, to one of the popular novels written by Emily Murphy, under the pseudonym of Janey Canuck.

  • International Implications of the "Persons" Case - by Vivien Hughes
  • The "Persons" Case - by the Honourable Gérald-A. Beaudoin, Senator
  • Are Women Persons? The "Persons" Case - by Monique Benoit
  • Celebrating Women's Achievements
  • Nellie L. McClung
  • Louise McKinney
  • Henrietta Muir Edwards
  • Emily G. Murphy
  • Irene Parlby
  • Supreme Court of Canada. Canada law reports. Vol. 70 (1928), pp. 276-304
  • "Decide women cannot sit in the Senate." The Ottawa evening citizen. (Tuesday, April 24, 1928), p. 1
  • Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords. Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Peerage Cases. The law reports of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. (1930), pp. 124-143
  • Murphy, Emily. "Now that women are persons, what's ahead?" Chatelaine. (December 1929), p. 5
  • « Les femmes canadiennes éligibles au sénat ». Le Droit (Ottawa). (Friday, October 18, 1929), p. 1
  • Cormack, Barbara Villy. Perennials and politics: the life story of Hon. Irene Parlby, LL.D. Sherwood Park (Alta.): Printed by Professional Printing Ltd., [1968]
  • "Hallet, Mary and Davis, Marilyn. Firing the heather: the life and times of Nellie McClung. Saskatoon: Fifth House, ca. 1993
  • Mander, Christine. Emily Murphy: rebel: first female magistrate in the British Empire. Toronto: Simon & Pierre, ca. 1985
  • McKinney, Louise. Sara Rowell Wright. Evanston (Ill.): National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, [1940?]
  • Cook, Sharon Anne. Through sunshine and shadow: the Women's Christian Temperance Union, evangelicalism, and reform in Ontario, 1874-1930. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, ca. 1995
  • Parlby, Irene. Progress or reaction?: Ottawa government's attitude towards needs of Canadian people contrasted with the aims and aspirations of the farmers' movement .... [Alberta]: United Farmers of Alberta, [1921?]
  • [Murphy], Emily Ferguson. Janey Canuck in the West. 2nd ed. London: Cassell and Co., 1910
  • Edwards, Henrietta Muir. Legal status of Canadian women. Calgary: National Council of Women of Canada, 1908
  • McClung, Nellie. In times like these. Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1915
  • Bacchi, Carol Lee. Liberation deferred?: the ideas of the English-Canadian suffragists, 1877-1918. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, ca. 1983
  • Warne, Randi R. Literature as pulpit: the Christian social activism of Nellie L. McClung. Waterloo (Ont.): Published for Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1993
  • "Mark McClung at Guelph: portrait of my mother." Nellie McClung Conference. [Guelph: University of Guelph, 1975]
  • Munnings, Gladys. Canadian women of distinction: Emily Ferguson Murphy, Agnes Campbell MacPhail, Therese Casgrain, Molly (Mary) Brant, FrancesAnne [sic] Hopkins. Newmarket (Ont.): Quaker Press, 1993
  • Emily Murphy, première femme juge Augusta Stowe-Gullen, premièr femme médecin. [Sound recording]. [Montreal]: Radio-Canada, Service international, [196-?]. 1 disc (58 min., 40 sec.): analog disc, 33 1/3 r/min. (Femmes célèbres du Canada)
  • Les femmes sont des personnes ! : un hommage aux femmes du Canada et à la cause de la personne / Women are persons: a tribute to the women of Canada and the Persons Case. [Edmonton]: Alberta Women's Bureau, [1979?]
  • The Persons Case. [Edmonton]: Alberta Women's Secretariat, 1989
  • Anderson, Margret. Mother was not a person. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1972
  • McLellan, A. Anne. "Legal implications of the Persons Case." Constitutional forum / Forum constitutionnel. Vol. 1, no. 1 (October 1989), pp. 11-16
  • Knowles, Valerie. First person: a biography of Cairine Wilson, Canada's first woman senator. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1988
  • Cavanaugh, Catherine Anne. In search of a useful life Irene Marryat Parlby, 1868-1965. [Microform]. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1995. (Canadian theses on microfiche). Ph.D. thesis, University of Alberta, 1994
  • Roome, Patricia Anne. Henrietta Muir Edwards: the journey of a Canadian feminist. [Microform]. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, [1998]. (Canadian theses on microfiche). Ph.D. thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1996
  • Smith, Alisa Dawn. Rethinking first wave feminism through ideas of Emily Murphy. [Microform]. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, [1999]. (Canadian theses on microfiche). M.A. thesis, University of Victoria, 1997
  • Persons Case Scholarships. [Edmonton]: Alberta Women's Secretariat, [1992?]
  • Millar, Nancy. The Famous Five: Emily Murphy and the Case of the Missing Persons. Cochrane (Alta.): Western Heritage Centre, c1999