New Collections and Online Resources
The Sophia Smith Collection has recently acquired the papers of:
- Judith Daniels (Smith 1960)
- Magazine editor, writer, and founder of the pioneering magazine, Savvy in 1976. She later went on to a distinguished career as a senior editor on multiple other publications such as TIME and Life.
- Evelyn Boyd Granville (Smith 1945)
- Granville earned her Ph.D. in 1949 in pure mathematics, one of the first two black American women to do so, and went on to a successful career at IBM and later taught at several universities.
Dr. Evelyn Boyd [Granville] working on the IBM 704, IBM Vanguard Computing Center,
Washington, D.C., circa 1950s. Photographer: Harris & Ewing
- Eleanor Lipman
- Author of ten novels, including Then She Found Me (1990) and The View from Penthouse B (2013), plus two collections of essays. A long-time Northampton resident, she held the Elizabeth Drew Chair in Creative Writing at Smith, 2011-2012.
- Dee Mosbacher
- Lesbian feminist activist, psychiatrist, and filmmaker. She founded Woman Vision in 1992 through which she has produced multiple award-winning films including the Academy Award-nominated Straight from the Heart (1994), No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon (2003), and Training Rules (2008).
- Boden Sandstrom
- A widely recognized pioneer for women as sound engineers who founded Woman Sound in 1975, a sound engineering company based in Washington, D.C., and was a lecturer in ethnomusicology in the Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland.
The SSC has also recently received the Records of several organizations, including:
- DES Action USA
- Founded in 1977, DES Action is a national consumer advocacy group organized around the drug diethylstilbestrol or DES, once thought to prevent miscarriage but was later found to cause cancer in the women prescribed it and their children.
- Jewish Women Watching
- Jewish Women Watching was founded circa 1999 as a women's rights activist organization that seeks "to challenge and change sexist and oppressive practices in the Jewish community."
- Voices from Inside
- An all-volunteer organization founded in 1999 to bring "the power of the pen" to incarcerated women, primarily at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee and, for the formerly incarcerated, in communities in Western Massachusetts.
Note: although these collections are open to research, they have not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Also, access to some materials may not be immediate. For collections housed in remote storage we require 48 hours advance notice of your visit. For more information see Access to Collections
Newly processed collections, now open for research
- Saralee Hamilton Papers, 9.75 linear ft., 1911-2013. Feminist; Administrator; Reproductive rights advocate.
- The papers include early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Topics include sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian and gay liberation, grassroots organizing, international women's rights, and rights for women laborers in the U.S. and in developing countries. Central American and Asian women's organizations are especially well-represented.
- Reproductive Rights National Network Records, 8.25 linear ft., 1970-1985. Reproductive rights advocacy group.
- The records contain materials on political actions and activities; abortion legislation; affiliate organizations; women's clinics across the U.S.; and subject files. Member organization and subject files comprise the bulk of the records. In addition there are significant materials on allied organizations. Subjects include abortion, sterilization, other women's health issues, and the anti-abortion movement.
- Working Woman Magazine Letters, .75 linear ft., 1979-83. Women's journal.
- Published and unpublished letters to the editor, 1979-83. Letters from readers contain critiques on magazine content, suggested changes or additions, information corrections, personal success stories, and commentary on the magazine's mission to tap into a broad range of women's issues in the working world. The letters contain hand written annotations and notes between magazine staff.
New Online Resources
- Subject Guides:
- Crime and Incarceration
- Streaming media:
- The Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project
- Video from the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995
- Guida West, welfare rights activist: audio interviews
Video still from Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995
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