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Online Exhibits

The following are online exhibits and projects found both on this and other sites. For policies regarding the use of any images on this site, please see Terms of Use.

Cover of zine, Miau!
Girl Zines in the Sophia Smith Collection
This small exhibit of Zine covers was designed by SSC intern Joanna Johnson (2012) and highlights selections from our Girl Zines Collection. The physical collection consists of hundreds of original zines (independently printed and distributed small magazines), created from the 1980s to the present by various young women. Topics include "third wave" feminism, lesbianism, sexuality, and fat liberation.
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Revealing the Obscure in American Journalism: Pauline Frederick and the German Problem
The Sophia Smith Collection holds the papers of a number of noted World War II correspondents, including Helen Paull Kirkpatrick, Dudley Harmon, and Pauline Frederick. This exhibit highlights Frederick's papers which offer a unique and intriguing look into the cultural climate of post-war Germany.
Lola Ridge photographed by Marjorie Content, 1935.
Unconquered by Flames: The Literary Lights of Yaddo
The renowned artists' retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York, is highlighted in this exhibition. One of the creative community's first guests was poet Lola Ridge, whose papers are part of the Sophia Smith Collection.
March for Women's Lives, ca 1989 or 1992
The Power of Women's Voices
Selections from the personal papers of three participants in the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project: Joan E. Biren (JEB), filmmaker, photographer, lesbian activist; Loretta Ross, Reproductive rights and civil activist; Carmen Vázquez, Lesbian activist
YWCA fundraising poster

“Abundant Life to All”:  The Y.W.C.A. of the U.S.A
This exhibit began its life as part of our celebration of the Sophia Smith Collection's 65th Anniversary in 2007. The items here are a tiny sample of the riches housed in the 1,132 boxes that make up the historical records of the YWCA of the U.S.A.
Vera Barger and unidentified staff member of the YWCA of China, circa 1925
“An Ever-Widening Circle of Friendship”:  YWCA Overseas Secretaries from China to Liberia
Selections from the personal papers of five American women who worked across the world for the Young Women’s Christian Association from the 1910s to the 1960s:  Bessie Boies Cotton, Virginia Heim George, Ruth Lois Hill, Elmina R. Lucke, and Ruth Frances Woodsmall. They worked in Brazil, Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, India, Liberia, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey.
Jane Lakes Harman, 1997
Jane Lakes Harman: A Woman of Intelligence
An exhibition celebrating the life and work of U.S. Representative Jane Lakes Harman (Smith class of 1966), particularly her first three terms in Congress (1993-1998).
Susan Hale with her brother, Edward Everett Hale, circa 1850
Across the Generations: Exploring U.S. History through Family Papers
A rich selection of documents and images portray American family life from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the collections of four families: the Bodmans, Dunhams, Garrisons, and Hales.
Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, circa 1970. Photograph by Dan Wynn
Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-century Women's Activism
Featuring eight collections of 20th century progressive activists:  Constance Baker Motley, Dorothy Kenyon, Mary Kaufman, Frances Fox Piven, Jessie Lloyd O'Connor, and Gloria Steinem; and two grassroots feminist organizations:  the National Congress of Neighborhood Women and the Women's Action Alliance.

Lesson Plans:  Agents of Social Change
Additional documents from the eight Agents of Social Change collections can be found in our curriculum section, accompanied by suggested Lesson Plans for teachers.

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