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Penfield Chester papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00205

Scope and Contents

Material related to Chester's thesis/book, Sisters on a Journey, including interviews with midwives (audiotapes and transcripts), typescript, photographs, diskette.

Dates

  • 1991 - 1998

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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 Note

Penfield Chester was born in 1955. She is a midwife who has had a rural homebirth practice in western Massachusetts since 1980 and became involved in local and national midwifery organizational politics after her son was born in 1984. She is the education committee chair of the Midwives' Alliance of North America and has taught a course entitled "Current Politics of Birth and Midwifery" in area colleges. She also gives talks on midwifery education and is a trained massage therapist and a hospice volunteer, which has influenced her approach to midwifery. She recieved her M.A. in Women's Studies, with a focus on midwifery, from Vermont College in 1995 and became a Certified Professional Midwife in 1996. She works with the Seattle Midwifery School to develop a distance learning and midwifery education program that would serve the Northeast and is the author of Sisters on a Journey: Portraits of American Midwives (1997), which documents the stories of 27 contemporary midwives.

Extent

4.5 linear feet (4 containers)

Overview

Penfield Chester is a midwife who has had a rural homebirth practice in western Massachusetts since 1980 and became involved in local and national midwifery organizational politics after her son was born in 1984. She is the author of Sisters on a Journey: Portraits of American Midwives (1997), which documents the stories of 27 contemporary midwives. Her papers include material related to Sisters on a Journey, including interviews with midwives (audiotapes and transcripts), typescript, photographs, and diskette.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Related Materials

Sisters on a Journey (Browsing room); MANA records; Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth and Parenting Records

Source

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Penfield Chester papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White
Date
2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-26: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2019-06-17: Updated finding aid and published.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
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