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Betty Carter papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00506

Scope and Contents

The Betty Carter Papers consist primarily of Carter's writings about marriage, divorce and remarriage, and family dynamics. Videotapes, photographs, a small amount of biographical information, printed materials, and some correspondence are also included.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1968 - 2003


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, Betty Carter 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 Carter, 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

Betty Carter received her B.A. from St. John's University College in 1950. Prior to earning her M.S. W. at the Hunter College School of Social Work in 1971, she worked for fifteen years in a non-profit educational organization. She did further training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy from 1970 to 1972, and at the Bronx Psychiatric Center from 1972 to 1973. Carter served as instructor in psychiatry at the Belleview Psychiatric Hospital (New York University School of Medicine) from 1972 to 1974, and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (Columbia University) for the 1974-1975 academic year. In 1977 she co-founded the Women's Project in Family Therapy,"to explore...the changing role of women in families and to raise these issues in the field of family therapy, where most of the practitioners are women and most of the leaders are men;" she also served as its co-director. She was director of the Family Institute of Westchester in New York from 1977 to 1997. Carter is an authority on the subject of family and marriage therapy. She has published widely and has participated in many national and international social work conferences and workshops.


12.688 linear feet (12 containers)

Language of Materials



The Betty Carter Papers consist primarily of Carter's writings, as an authority on the subject of family and marriage therapy, about marriage, divorce and remarriage, and family dynamics.


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was gifted to the Smith Special Collections by Betty Carter in 2004 and by Jennifer Murray in 2009.

Related Materials

Monica McGoldrick Papers (co-authored some writings)

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2009-S-0009, Boxes 1-7 renumbered as Boxes 6-12



Finding aid to the Betty Carter papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-12: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063