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Sidney Abbott papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00307

Scope and Contents

This very small collection includes a few pieces of correspondence (notably with Alma Routsong, Beva Eastman, and Kate Millett); writings; photographs; printed material; and biographical material.

Dates of Materials

  • 1971-1997

Conditions Governing Access

Closed pending deed of gift.

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

Abbott was born in Washington, D.C. in 1937 to a military family that moved around the country. Nonconformity contributed to a checkered educational career in a succession of high schools, prep schools, and at Smith College where she was asked to leave during her senior year because of academic problems, her open lesbianism, and an ongoing identity crisis. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of New Mexico. In the 1960s while working in New York as a writer and editor she earned a master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University where she met Kate Millett and became a member of one of the earliest consciousness-raising groups, which included Millett and other notable feminists. In 1972 she co-authored with Barbara Love the landmark book,"Sappho Was a Right On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism,"which pointed out discrimination against lesbians and presented ideas for a liberated future for them. Abbott worked in New York in city government positions related to social policy, mental health and planning. She was a founding member of the National Gay Task Force and a board member and coordinator of the National Organization for Women's task force for civil rights for lesbians. At the time the collection was donated she was currently at work on a book about supergroup 1. Abbott died on April 15, 2015.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sidney Abbott in 1997.

Related Materials

Phyllis Birkby Papers; Kate Millett Papers; Diana Davies Papers; Jan Roby Papers

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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-10-25: Updated notes and published

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063