Scope and Contents
Writings about lesbian and feminist issues by Shumsky and others; fliers; minutes of meetings of Radical Lesbians (NYC); other printed materials; photographs (photocopies); and 7 issues of the newspaper, Come Out. The photographs are identified and provide excellent documentation of women together - working, relaxing, marching, etc., and the written and printed materials offer a very good record of aspects of radical gay and lesbian political activism.
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Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Ellen Shumsky has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College except for her photographs, to which she retains copyright. 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 [donor], 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.
Ellen Shumsky earned her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1961, her MLS from the Pratt Institute in 1964, and her MSW in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from SUNY at Stonybrook, NY in 1996. In 1969, she joined the newly formed Gay Liberation Front and also co-founded Radicalesbians; in 1970 she co-authored Woman-Identified Woman, which articulated the Radicalesbian philosophy. She was a member of the first radical lesbian consciousness raising group, and helped coordinate additional CR groups. From 1960 to 1980, Shumsky, whose photographs have been published widely in books and magazines, worked as a photojournalist, documenting the gay, feminist, and counter-cultural movements. She was the principal photographer for the gay liberation front newspaper, Come Out, and also published "Women's Songs From the Balkans" in Traditions magazine and "Transforming Ties That Bind: Lesbians, Lovers and Chosen Family" in the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (1966).
0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)