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Valley Women's Martial Arts records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00507

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

  • Creation: 1976 - 2013


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 a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access.


28.73 linear feet (28 containers)

0.1241 Gigabytes

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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.

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 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.

Processing Information

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.

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 2004-S-0064, Boxes 1-8A renumbered as Boxes 19-27



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Revision Statements

  • 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

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063