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Gena Corea papers

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The Gena Corea Papers include records of FINNRAGE; published and unpublished writings; research and subject files; speeches; files pertaining to her column,"Frankly Feminist"; audiotaped interviews with AIDS victims and physicians;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

  • Creation: 1950 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. The collection was formerly closed at the direction of the donor until her death, but the donor notified Special Collections in June 2023 that the restrictions could be lifted.

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.)


77.813 linear feet (77 containers)

0.0657 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



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.


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.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Finding aid to the Gena Corea papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White, Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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.
  • 2021-07-30: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063