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A collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism as organizers and cultural workers in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Interviews were conducted by Smith College students in 2008.
Interviews with alumnae returning for Reunion week since May 2010. In these videotaped oral histories, alumnae recall memories of their years at Smith, from Opening Convocation and Friday teas, to life-changing Junior Year Abroad events, and Senior year reality-checks.
Audio recordings and complete transcripts of fourteen interviews conducted by Juhee Kwon in 2013-14 with Asian American women who have been active in the Reproductive Justice movement since the 1980s. Kwon conducted these interviews as a student at Brown University.
Sixty audio interviews who contributed to the movement for Indian parental and community control of Indian education from 1971 to 1981. Partial transcripts are available for some interviews. Included are recordings of a conference held on the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, 2006.
Video and complete transcripts of interviews with women conducted by Smith College students from 2011 to the present. Narrators come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds and identify either as lesbian, bisexual, woman-identified-woman, queer, or prefer not to identify with sexuality categories.
Two oral histories conducted by James Reed and Ellen Chesler in 1987. Edris Rice-Wray Carson, M.D. attended Cornell University and was a public health physician, primarily in Central America and Mexico.
In October 1976 the Committee of the Friends voted to sponsor an oral history project and put on tape the recollections and reminiscences of retired members of the faculty and administrative staff. Coordinated by Gertrude Smith (Class of 1928), Professor Emeritus of Music and head of the Smith Centennial celebration, the project team included Laura Scales, Charles Hill, Marine Leland, Margaret Grierson and John Duke.
The life stories of lesbians age 70 and older from around the country. The project began in 1997 and now consists of over 170 interviews and includes audio recordings and complete transcripts with photographs of the interviewees.
Full transcripts of over forty interviews with pioneers in the birth control movement, population planning, and reproductive health field throughout the world from the 1960s to the present. The collection reflects the voices and perspectives of advocates, communication specialists, lawyers, managers, physicians, researchers, social workers and others.
Audio recordings of interviews with YWCA staff responsible for interracial work with college and university students in the southeastern U.S., 1920s-40s. The interviews were conducted by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton] in 1981 and 1982 as research for her doctoral dissertation.
Over fifty in-depth video interviews documenting the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the later 20th century. Includes labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders.