Marcia Ann Gillespie papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of files from the office of Gillespie's Ms. Magazine executive assistant, Cheryl Lynn Rogers, and includes faxes; memorandums; correspondence; electronic mail; magazines, videotapes and books pertaining to women, race, violence, population growth, family planning, and other topics; pamphlets; reprints of paper and internet articles; typescripts of essays submitted to Ms.; faxes and photocopies of correspondence to and from Gloria Steinem; contracts, correspondence and memoranda re: Gillespie's speaking engagements; photographs; travel documents; awards and commendations; memorabilia; agendas, minutes and printed matter from various organizations in which Ms. Magazine, as a corporate entity, or Gillespie, as its Executive Editor, took an interest; and issues of Ms. Magazine.
Dates of Materials
- 1987 - 2002
- Gillespie, Marcia Ann (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Marcia Ann Gillespie has retained copyright until 2020 in her works donated to Smith College. After this year, copyright in these works will transfer to Smith College. 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 those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Marcia Ann Gillespie, 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.
Marcia Anne Gillespie was born in Baldwin, New York on 10 July, 1944. She earned an A.B. in American Studies at Lake Forest College in 1966. Since 1971 she has lectured widely on college and university campuses and to women's groups, and has authored innumerable articles and essays. From 1971 to 1980, Gillespie was Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine, and from 1975 to 1980 was Vice President of Essence Communications, Inc. From 1980 to 1996, she served as an advisor to editors and publishers, providing creative solutions for publishing and editorial problems. From 1987 to 1990, and again in 1992, she was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, and in 1993 she was appointed Editor in Chief, which position she held until the Feminist Majority Foundation purchased the magazine in 2001. Gillespie also served as President of Liberty Media for Women, Inc., a limited liability corporation that, for a time, owned Ms. Magazine.
20.521 linear feet (19 containers)
Language of Materials
Marcia Anne Gillespie was Editor in Chief of both Essence Magazine and Ms. Magazine and served as President of Liberty Media for Women, Inc. Her papers include faxes; memoranda; correspondence; electronic mail; magazines, videotapes, and books; pamphlets; reprints of paper and internet articles; typescripts of essays submitted to Ms.; faxes and photocopies of correspondence to and from Gloria Steinem; contracts, correspondence and memoranda re: Gillespie's speaking engagements; photographs; travel documents; awards and commendations; memorabilia; agendas, minutes and printed matter from various organizations in which Ms. Magazine, as a corporate entity, or Gillespie, as its Executive Editor, took an interest.
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
These papers were donated by Marcia A Gillespie on 2002-02-15.
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
- African American women
- African American women in the professions
- Appointment books
- Black women
- Computer media
- Electronic mail
- Electronic records
- Gillespie, Marcia Ann
- Publishers and publishing
- Steinem, Gloria
- Women editors -- United States
- Women journalists -- United States
- Women's periodicals, American
- Women's rights -- 20th century
- press releases
- Finding aid to the Marcia Ann Gillespie papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2019-06-18: Updated finding aid.
- 2020-06-11: Description added for born-digital content.
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