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Linda Gordon papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00580

Scope and Contents

Gordon's papers include teaching materials from her courses at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and records of the University's graduate program in women's history; teaching materials from her other appointments, and research materials related to her numerous publications.

Dates

  • 1970-2011

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: portions closed due to sensitive materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Linda Gordon 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 Linda Gordon, 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

Pioneering women's historian Linda Gordon was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Helen Lee Appelman (b. 1912) and William Wolf Gordon (b. 1909). She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore College (1961), and her M.A. and Ph.D degrees in history from Yale University in 1963 and 1970, respectively. She taught at the University of Massachusetts at Boston from 1968 to 1984, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1984 to 2007, and has been at New York University since 1999. In 2001, she was the Eugene Lang Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, and in 2004 she was the Lawrence Stone Visiting Professor at Princeton University. Gordon's research interests include twentieth-century U.S. social, political, and social policy history; women and gender; family; and U.S. Southwest. She has published numerous works on these topics. Her first book was America's working women: a documentary history, 1600 to the present, edited with Rosalyn Baxandall (1976). Her other books include Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America (1977); Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence (1988); Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (1994); Dear Sisters, edited with Rosalyn Baxandall (2000), a history of second wave feminism through essays and documents; two biographical works on the photographer Dorothea Lange; and The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and American Political Tradition (2017). Gordon has received many awards for her books. As a domestic violence expert, Gordon serves on the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. She continues to teach and lecture widely.

Extent

17 linear feet (18 boxes)

Overview

Pioneering women's historian Linda Gordon's papers include teaching materials from her courses at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and records of the University's graduate program in women's history; teaching materials from her other appointments, and research materials related to her numerous publications.

Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is comprised of the following accessions: 2007-S-0060, 2010-S-0056, 2010-S-0061, 2014-S-0001, and 2018-S-0029. Accessions were received on the following dates: 2007-08-20; 2010-07-29; 2010-08-17; 2014-01-02; and, 2018-05-01.

Related Materials

Oral history in Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project

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Linda Gordon papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

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