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Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History

 Organization

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Biography collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00393
Overview This collection consists of biographical material on both famous and lesser-known women and men. For the most part, there is only a small amount of material on each individual. Materials typically include published and unpublished biographical sketches, books, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, photographs, and published and unpublished writings.
Dates of Materials: 1771-1995; Majority of material found within 1920-1970

Education collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00446
Overview The Education Collection includes bibliographies, reports, papers, articles, biographies, textbooks, teaching materials, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, conference programs, proposals, scholarly papers, course syllabi and correspondence pertaining to women's education.
Dates of Materials: 1785 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1970s

Employment collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00456
Overview Primarily printed materials and books, plus some unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera, pertaining to employment issues and specific occupations of women primarily in the U.S. and England. Topics include affirmative action, sex discrimination, labor organizing, child labor, immigrant workers, women in industry, jury duty, wartime work, Social Security, and protective legislation. Over eighty occupations represented include: law, academics, social work, sciences,...
Dates of Materials: 1817 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1920-1976

Families collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00391
Overview Collection contains articles, bibliographies, books, greeting cards, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and syllabi addressing "the family," including topics such as homemakers, housework, marriage, unwed mothers, and divorce. Includes feminist critique of marriage and the family by both well-known feminists and more mainstream writers and journalists. Contains documentation of the changes in American family structures and norms that resulted from the cultural and...
Dates of Materials: 1829 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980

Margaret Sanger papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00138
Overview Birth control advocate and nurse. Sanger, a sex reform activist, fought for women's rights to use contraceptives and founded both the national and international Planned Parenthood Federations. Papers include correspondence, writings, organizational and conference materials documenting her leadership of the American and international birth control movements. Also included are records of activities and events related to Sanger's personal life, tributes, travels, art work, family materials, audio...
Dates of Materials: 1761 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1900-1966

Mary Ritter Beard papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00013
Overview Historian, archivist, and women's rights activist. The Mary Ritter Beard papers primarily document the organization and dissolution of the World Center for Women's Archives, which Beard founded, as well as the founding of both the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, both women's history archives. Materials include correspondence, writings, photographs, and books. Correspondents include Dorothy Brush; Ethel Weed; prominent Japanese activist...
Dates of Materials: 1915 - 1977

Periodicals collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00537
Overview Periodicals Collection includes over 1,500 titles of current and historical, U.S. and international women's magazines, newsletters, and other serials. Holdings range from full-runs to single subscriptions for certain titles.
Dates of Materials: 1784- (ongoing)

Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project oral histories

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00406
Overview Forty-one interviews (with complete transcripts) of individuals throughout the world who have made important contributions to the reproductive health movement since 1965. Includes reproductive health advocates, communication specialists, lawyers, managers, physicians, researchers, social workers and others. The series addresses the historical period 1965-2005.
Dates of Materials: 1971-2006

Population problems collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00438
Overview The Population Problems Collection contains mainly printed materials on issues pertaining to world population problems in the 20th century; family planning and the birth control movement in the United States; the international birth control movement; and development programs and agencies that assist poorer women and their families. Related issues such as sterilization and eugenics are also documented. Types of materials include books, pamphlets, booklets, newspaper clippings, articles, and...
Dates of Materials: 1896-1979

Prostitution collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00425
Overview Collection consists almost entirely of printed materials, also includes handbills, reports, speeches, trial transcripts, a Smith College course syllabus and unpublished paper, and an audiotape of The Dick Cavett Show on the legalization of prostitution. Focus on the United States and England, some items on Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Dates of Materials: 1834-1984

Religion collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00448
Overview This collection is comprised of bibliographies, articles, pamphlets, biographies, newspaper clippings and tracts all pertaining to women's roles within religion and the church. Included are two volumes of The Woman's Bible (1897); a tract entitled "Account of Abigail Hutchinson: a young woman hopefully converted at Northampton, Mass (1734);" pamphlets and articles on the education and training of missionaries and historical sketches of missionary societies; matriarchal religions and founders of...
Dates of Materials: 1734-1997; Majority of material found within 1800-1950

Smith College Special Collections records

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-00408
Overview The Smith College Archives document the life of the College by collecting materials created by students, faculty, administrative and departmental staff during the course of their time here. The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. This collection contains the administrative records of the College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection.
Dates of Materials: 1846 - 2018

Sophia Smith Collection topical collection on women's health

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00394
Overview An artificial collection documenting the evolution of medical and scientific thinking and practice relating to women's health. Topics include abortion, birth control, childbirth, eugenics, female genital mutilation, lactation, infant mortality, marriage instruction, mental hygiene, motherhood, nutrition, obstetrics, sexuality, sterilization, and AIDS. Types of materials include printed material, research materials, reports, and surveys.
Dates of Materials: Majority of material found within 1860s-1980s; 1818 - 2004

Sophia Smith Collection zines collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00434
Overview Self-published magazines created primarily by women and girls who share a strong feminist perspective. Topics include "third wave" feminism, lesbian relationships, erotica, African American experiences around gender, and fat liberation. The collection is comprised primarily of individual issues, mostly dating from the 1990s.
Dates of Materials: 1967-2019; Majority of material found within 1991-1999

Sports collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00442
Overview This small collection is comprised mostly newspaper clippings about girls and women breaking into collegiate and professional sports, and youth sports, circa 1970s. Included are printed materials on the Women's Equity Action League Educational and Legal Defense Fund (WEAL) and its interpretations of Title IX - Educational Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded education programs.
Dates of Materials: 1942-2007 (ongoing)

Suffrage collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00447
Overview Feminists, Suffragists. Comprised largely of printed materials such as pamphlets, newspaper clippings, petitions, legislative documents, articles, periodicals, and books pertaining to the enfranchisement of women primarily in the U.S., but also in England and there are small amounts of material on other countries. There are also manuscript materials including unpublished writings and correspondence. Photographs document suffrage parades, demonstrations, groups, and individuals. Suffrage...
Dates of Materials: 1851-2009; Majority of material found within 1880s-1920s

Voices of Feminism Oral History Project oral histories

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00535
Overview Oral History Project documenting the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States. Narrators include 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. Interviews cover childhood, personal life, and political work. Most oral histories consist of audiovisual recordings and transcripts, plus some background information.
Dates of Materials: 1990-2014

Women: position and progress collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00431
Overview Collection contains manuscripts and published material, including books dating from the early nineteenth century. The collection consists primarily of published sources such as lectures, sermons, and printed material; but also includes a significant amount of unusual and unique material such as household bills and inventories, letters, lists, and notes.
Dates of Materials: 1804-2001

Women's clubs collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00485
Overview Collection of files on women's clubs in the United States, primarily in New England.
Dates of Materials: 1812-1995

Women's liberation collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00408
Overview This collection documents the mid-20th century women's liberation movement in the United States. Materials include printed material, bibliographies, book reviews, books, catalogs, correspondence, position papers, publicity, questionnaires, reports, resolutions, speeches, photographs and audiotapes. There is also memorabilia and ephemera. Also included are organizational files of the National Organization for Women, and local groups such as New York City's Redstockings and Berkeley's Women's...
Dates of Materials: 1959-2006; Majority of material found within 1966-78

Women's rights collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00397
Overview This collection contains both printed materials and original sources documenting the broad spectrum of women's rights struggles and movements from the late eighteenth century to the present, primarily in the United States. Materials include biographical writings on individuals who made significant contributions to women's rights; an important concentration of sources on women's rights conferences and conventions; records pertaining to the E.R.A. fight; records of the President's Commission on...
Dates of Materials: 1789-2000; Majority of material found within 1864-1983