Valley Women's Martial Arts records
Scope and Contents
The Valley Women Martial Arts Records consists of documents pertaining to daily operations of the organization, including mailing lists, public relations materials, and fundraising initiatives; information about VWMA programs and classes, including registration forms, tests and test results, and student and teacher evaluations; newsclippings, student art, correspondence; publications and information about other self-defense organizations and programs, primarily in Massachusetts but also elsewhere in the U.S.; and artwork by adults and children who participated in VWMA programs; and VWMA financial information.
Dates of Materials
- 1976 - 2013
- Valley Women's Martial Arts (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use with the following restriction on access: This collection must be screened by an archivist for student records before being used by researchers. Please contact special collections staff at email@example.com a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access.
28.73 linear feet (28 containers)
Language of Materials
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.
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Valley Women's Martial Arts director Janet Aalfs in 2004, 2011, and 2017.
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. Some floppy disks were unable to be copied. See the log files linked in the container list for more details.
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 2004-S-0064, Boxes 1-8A renumbered as Boxes 19-27
- Aalfs, Janet E.
- Dragonfire, Wendi
- Electronic records
- Feminists -- Massachusetts
- Financial records
- Mailing lists
- Martial artists -- United States
- Martial arts -- Study and teaching
- Membership lists
- Self-defense for women
- Valley Women's Martial Arts
- Women -- Violence against -- Prevention
- Women martial artists -- United States
- Women-owned business enterprises -- United States
- press releases
- Valley Women's Martial Arts records
- 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.
- 2020-07-17: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-10-28: Added links to PDF accession inventories, updated notes, and published
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063