Kathryn Kish Sklar papers
Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence, both personal and professional, teaching materials, research materials, family photographs, memorabilia, and books.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1915 - 2012
- Sklar, Kathryn Kish (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Until her death, or the year 2031, only researchers who have permission of Kathryn Kish Sklar may use materials for historical research and to quote from sources.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Kathryn Kish Sklar 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 Sklar, 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.
Known as Kitty to her friends, family and colleagues, Kathryn Kish Sklar was born in Columbus, Ohio. Her parents were small business owners. She attended Radcliffe College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in history and literature in 1965. By then, Sklar was also a wife and mother; her son Leonard was born in 1959, followed by her daughter Susan. She then went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning a master's degree in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1969. Her first teaching appointment was also at the University of Michigan until 1974 when Sklar went to the University of California at Los Angeles. She rose to the rank of full professor at UCLA, teaching there until 1988, the same year that she married fellow historian Tom Dublin. They both then moved to SUNY Binghamton until her retirement in 2011. Kathryn Kish Sklar was one of the pioneers of women's history in the 1970s. Her first book,"Catharine Beecher: A Study in Domesticity,"(1973) was followed by a dozen more books of which she was either the author or editor, along with numerous articles and chapters in books. Together, Sklar and Dublin have led countless workshops for teachers, at the high school level as well as for fellow college instructors. The two were also pioneers in the Digital Humanities when, in 1997 under the auspices of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender which they founded at SUNY Binghamton, Sklar and Dublin launched the Web site,"Women and Social Movements,"replete with thousands of primary documents and explanatory text. Personally, Sklar has been a mentor to dozens of students over the years and has won numerous teaching awards as well as fellowships in recognition of her vast contribution to the field of women's history.
137.876 linear feet (127 containers)
Language of Materials
Kathryn Kish Sklar is a pioneer of women's history. Her first book, Catharine Beecher: A Study in Domesticity,(1973) was followed by a dozen more books of which she was either the author or editor, along with numerous articles and chapters in books. She and her husabnd, Tom Dublin, were also pioneers in the Digital Humanities. In 1997, under the auspices of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, which they founded at SUNY Binghamton, Sklar and Dublin launched the Web site,"Women and Social Movements,"replete with thousands of primary documents and explanatory text. This collection includes correspondence, both personal and professional, teaching materials, research materials, family photographs, memorabilia, and books.
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 to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Kathryn Kish Sklar, 2011-2012.
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 CDs were unable to be copied. See the log files linked in the container list for more details.
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. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932 (Person)
- State University of New York at Binghamton -- Faculty (Organization)
- Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878 (Person)
- Dublin, Thomas (1946 December 01) (Person)
- Sklar, Kathryn Kish (Donor, Person)
Genre / Form
- Computer media
- DVD-Video discs
- Faculty papers
- Oral histories
- lecture notes
- Appointment books
- Authors, American -- 20th century
- Electronic records
- Feminists -- United States
- Historians -- United States
- Teachers -- United States
- Women -- International cooperation
- Women -- United States -- 19th century
- Women in higher education
- Women social reformers -- United States
- Women's rights
- Finding aid to Kathryn Kish Sklar papers
- Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
- Ellice Amanna
- 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.
- 2020-06-23: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-06-09: Description added from accession inventories
- 2021-06-29: Legacy container inventory to accession 2011-S-0056 added
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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