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Gena Corea papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00242

Scope and Contents

The Gena Corea Papers include records of FINNRAGE; published and unpublished writings; research and subject files; speeches; files pertaining to her column,"Frankly Feminist"; audiotaped interviews with AIDS victims and physicians; correspondence; photographs; and memorabilia.

Dates

  • 1950 - 2011

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

At the donor's request, this collection is closed until Corea's death.

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

To the extent that she owns copyright, Corea has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; 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 Corea, 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

The following biographical information was written by Gena Corea:

Gena Corea is the author of The Hidden Malpractice (1977), which The New Our Bodies, Ourselves wrote “remains the most stunning investigative journalism extant on American medicine’s shameful history toward women”; The Invisible Epidemic (1992), on the politics of the AIDS epidemic for women; and The Mother Machine (1985) which The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “is to the politics of birth, reproduction and reproductive technologies what Susan Brownmiller’s book, Against Our Will, was to rape: A lucid, compelling, relentless visionary analysis that sounds a clarion call to which we should all listen….” In addition, Corea has chapters in 31 anthologies published in the United States, Austria, Canada, Australia, France and Germany.

Corea describes her work this way: “I bring hidden things out into the open. That’s a theme of my work, expressed in my book titles, The Hidden Malpractice and The Invisible Epidemic. In the first half of my life, I listened to women carefully and put their reality out into the public world in the concrete form of books. In these books, I exposed and protested the violence against women in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology and the new reproductive technologies.”

In the later part of her life, Corea listened to men who had committed violence against women. She first moved inward, engaging in a body-centered practice called Focusing. This work prepared her to engage with male convicts in creating a “first-person science of criminology” described in her forth-coming book Table in the Clearing. In this work, men who had committed violence against women used Focusing to explore what led them to attack women and what needs to shift inside men to end such violence. In the collection, the manuscript, in its various drafts, is sometimes titled The Stone Child and Dropping Keys All Night.) (Biographical information source=Gene Corea)

Extent

73.25 linear feet (61 boxes. Other materials in the collection: flat file.)

0.0657 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Gena Corea collection documents the work of Corea, a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and author writing on the international politics of reproductive technologies. The collection also documents her work with men who have committed violence against women.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was recieved as a gift from Gena Corea between 1990 and 2011.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding aid to the Gena Corea papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White, Ellice Amanna
Date
07-25-2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-11: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2019-01-02: updated to describe boxes
  • 07-25-2019: Biographical note updated and republished
  • 04-01-2020: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
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