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Brigitte Jordan papers 2018-S-0027

Identifier: Accession 2018-S-0027

Scope and Contents

Papers consist of audiovisual materials, images, presentations and research files for an anthropological study, conducted by Jordan, of cross-cultural childbirth practices in Mexico, Holland, Sweden, and the U.S., circa 1970s, published in her book Birth in Four Cultures (1983). This accession also includes materials from her work in Palo Alto with the XEROX at the Palo Alto Research Center, teaching materials from her anthropology classes, and numerous materials from workplace ethnography studies conducted by Jordan.


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

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

Boxes 6-9 contain moldy materials. These boxes are closed to research, until the materials can be cleaned or digitized.


11.75 linear feet (9 record cartons and 1 legal document box)

7 items (3 floppy disks and 4 CDs)

0.9 Gigabytes (1,048 files: digital images, video, and documents)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Held by Jordan's widower, Robert Irwin, after her death and transferred to Smith College by him.


Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063