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Clare Coss papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00494

Scope and Contents

The Clare Coss papers contain an autobiographical sketch, published scripts for numerous plays, and a review of the play, The Blessing. Also included are materials pertaining to Coss's involvement in the Women's Experimental Theater and a small scrapbook of photographs and printed materials documenting her work as poet and playwright.

Dates of Materials

  • 1971-1996

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is closed during Clare Coss's lifetime.

Conditions Governing Use

Upon Clare Coss's death, copyright on produced and published works will remain with her heirs and copyright for unpublished papers will be transferred to Smith College Special Collections. Copyright for 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 Clare Coss, 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

Clare Millicent Coss, lesbian feminist, playwright and psychotherapist, had her feminist awakening in the late 1960's. Soon thereafter she began writing plays with political, feminist themes, and her first work, Titty Titty Bang Bang, was published circa 1971. Coss has since published numerous plays and other works. She founded Women's Experimental Theatre in New York City in the 1970s. She also edited Lillian D. Wald, Progressive Activist (1989), The Blessing, a new play (1988), and The Arc of Love: An Anthology of Lesbian Love Poems (1996). In the words of freelance writer Judith Pasternak, she"may be the only working playwright in the U.S. who earns her living as a psychotherapist." In Coss's own words, "...feminism strengthens me, informs my work as a psychotherapist and playwright, [and] gives me the gifts of love, activism and community....". She lives in New York City and is the partner of Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Extent

1.313 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Clare Millicent Coss, lesbian feminist, playwright and psychotherapist, had her feminist awakening in the late 1960's. Soon thereafter she began writing plays with political, feminist themes. Her papers contain an autobiographical sketch, published scripts for numerous plays, and a review of the play, The Blessing. Also included are materials pertaining to Coss's involvement in the Women's Experimental Theater and a small scrapbook of photographs and printed materials documenting her work as poet and playwright.

Arrangement

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was received from Clare M. Coss on December 2, 2003. A later accession was received February 4, 2008.

Related Materials

Blanche Wiesen Cook papers (partner)

Processing Information

Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes will be made in this collection: Accession 2008-S-0008, Box 1 renumbered as Box 2

Title
Finding aid to the Clare Coss papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-12-21: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

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

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