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Marlene G. Fried papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00636

Scope and Contents

Papers include personal photographs and an album of Fried alone and with family and friends; newsletters and publications related to abortion rights and reproductive justice; memorabilia; manuscripts; records of conferences attended; and administrative documents.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1956 - 2011


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, Fried 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 Fried, 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

Marlene Ina Gerber Fried is the daughter of Ethel Gerber and Max Gerber. She attended Philadelphia High School for Girls, has a BA and MA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D from Brown University. She married Richard J. Wolf in 1966 (divorced), and has been married to William D. Fried since 1970. They have two sons. Fried previously taught at Dartmouth College and the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She is currently professor of philosophy at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass, and is Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program there, (a program for reproductive rights education and activism. Her scholarship and teaching is focused primarily on abortion rights and access, reproductive and sexual rights and health, and legal theory. She edited From Abortion Rights to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming A Movement; is co-author with Jael Silliman, Loretta Ross and Elena Gutiérrez of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, November, 2004 (awarded the Myers Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights); and co-author of the chapter on abortion in the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. She is a long-time reproductive rights activist and was the founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts and continues to serve on its board. She served on the steering committee of the Reproductive Rights National Network from 1979 to 1985. Fried is also on the board of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights and on the advisory board of Merger Watch.


7.105 linear feet (8 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Marlene Fried, author, reproductive rights activist, and founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.


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

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was gifted by Marlene Fried in 2009 and 2015.

Related Materials

Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, National Network of Abortion Funds, Reproductive Rights National Network

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-0019, Boxes 1-2 renumbered as Boxes 6-7

Finding aid to the Marlene G. Fried papers
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Madison White
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Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063