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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 in Accession 2008-S-0107 contain moldy materials. These boxes are closed to research, until the materials can be cleaned or digitized.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


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

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