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National Latina Health Organization records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00686

Scope and Contents

The National Latina Health Organization Records include health education and workshop curricula, office files, surveys, conference materials, and newsletters. The NLHO's programming for Latina health issues and their teen programs are well documented. There are also some records of the Board of Directors and a few financial records.

Dates of Materials

  • 1986-2003

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

Due to the nature of material, this collection is available for research use with the condition that researchers must sign an access agreement prior to use. Please consult with special collections staff at specialcollections@smith.edu to begin this process.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to unpublished materials in this collection produced by the NLHO is owned by the Sophia Smith Collection; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the NLHO, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Inspired by the health activism of African American women, especially the 1983 Spelman conference, Luz Alvarez Martinez co-founded the National Latina Health Organization (NLHO) in 1986, the first national organization by and for Latinas working on health issues and using the Self-Help framework pioneered by the National Black Women's Health Project. Based in San Francisco, the organization was especially committed to providing young Latinas safe spaces in which to discuss health concerns and also ran workshops for teenagers on building self-esteem. In 1997 the NLHO became a charter member of a new organization, the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. In 2005, Martinez retired from the National Latina Health Organization and the organization shut down soon thereafter.

Extent

11.272 linear feet (12 containers)

Abstract

Latinas; Youth advocate; Women's health advocacy organization. The National Latina Health Organization Records include health education and workshop curricula, office files, surveys, conference materials, and newsletters. The NLHO's programming for Latina health issues and their teen programs are well documented. There are also some records of the Board of Directors and a few financial records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The National Latina Health Organization Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Luz Alvarez Martinez in 2011.

Related Materials

Related materials can be found in the Luz Alvarez Martinez Papers; the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective Records; and the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (Luz Martinez).

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, December 2011

Title
National Latina Health Organization records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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