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Pearson, Cindy (program director and executive director)


Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series relates to NWHN staff, board members, interns, and volunteers. It is arranged in three subseries: Positions, Personnel, and Miscellaneous staff records. The first consists of correspondence, activity reports, job descriptions, evaluations, printed material, and a program director's notebook related to the positions of action vice chair (a position for developing issues to bring to the committees for action), administrative vice chair, development director, executive director, program director, interns, and volunteers. Interns provide support to the staff, especially with the information clearinghouse which responds to women's inquiries. There is a copy of the "Clearinghouse Journal" to which interns contributed, correspondence regarding internships, lists and biographies, two orientation manuals, and a list of projects performed by interns. There is also a folder of volunteer correspondence and information forms.

The Personnel subseries contains correspondence, meeting notes, job descriptions, working files, and biographical materials related to program directors Amy Allina, Lisa Cox, and Toni Young; research coordinator Marina Baroof; administrative assistant Marlene Fisher; clearinghouse and intern coordinator Sonja Herbert; founder Mary Howell; Executive Directors Victoria Leonard and Cindy Pearson; membership coordinator Lisa McFadden; Board members Barbara Seamon, Sybil Shainwald, and Janet Stallmeyer; and member services coordinator June Thomas. Cindy Pearson's file contains material related to her review of Judith Houck's Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine and Menopause in Modern America, Pearson's trip to Winston-Salem in 2003, and her "worry lists." In 1970 Barbara Seamon revealed the dangers of oral contraceptives in her book The Doctors Case Against the Pill. The bulk of the material on Barbara Seamon consists of research material for this book.

Miscellaneous staff records consists of activity sheets, a board and leadership involvement survey, employment inquiries, leadership lists and training, personnel policies, memos, meetings, contracts, testimonies, and presentations.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

This collection is open for research use with the following restrictions on access:

Internally-facing records and correspondence are restricted for research use for ten years after their creation date.

A portion of the Depo-Provera registry in Series IX is closed until 2065.

These restrictions are noted at lower levels of description where appropriate.

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063