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Alison King Parra Bastien papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00388

Scope and Contents

The Alison King Parra Bastien Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, notebooks documenting Bastien's midwifery practice, and notebooks and catalogs pertaining to her practice of herbology. They also include materials pertaining to MANA conferences in Mexico, case notes, presentations, professional papers, organizational records, and articles. Included are photocopies of log books with her learning notes, which she kept while studying with doctors and midwives in Mexico and participating in and observing home births, circa 1984-89.


  • 1981-2010


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: This collection must be screened by an archivist for medical information about midwifery clients and photographs of midwifery patients without releases before being used by researchers. Please contact the archives a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access

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 ( 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, Alison King Parra Bastien 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 Alison King Parra Bastien, 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

Alison King Parra Bastien (nee King) was born in 1959; earned her certification in midwifery through self-study; and received a degree in anthropology from Humbolt State University in 1982. She has lived in Mexico for 26 years, where she has studied with midwives and doctors. In 1986, she became a primary midwife. A member of the Midwives' Alliance of North America (MANA), she formed region 10 and became the regional representative in 1987. In 1996, she received her CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) from the National Association of Registered Midwives. Bastien continued to work as a homebirth midwife until 1997.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes. Other materials in the collection: Flat file)


Alison King Parra Bastien is a midwife and anthropologist who has studied with midwives and doctors in Mexico and been a regional representative for the Midwives' Alliance of North America. Her papers consist of correspondence, professional papers, notebooks documenting her midwifery practice, and notebooks and catalogs pertaining to her practice of herbology.


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.

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

Donated by Alison King Parra Bastien, 1999.


Periodic accruals to collection are expected.

Related Materials

MANA Records; Carol Leonard; Penfield Chester; Midwifery subject collection

Processing Information

This collection has not been processed, in the sense that archival arrangement and description beyond creating minimal box lists has not been done. The arrangement and description of materials may change in the future as iterative processing occurs. Researchers are encouraged to document their citations with this in mind.
Finding aid to the Alison King Parra Bastien papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063