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Jennifer Baumgardner papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00705

Scope and Contents

Copies of Baumgradner's books and audiovisual materials that contain the many interviews she conducted over the years as research for her published works.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1997 - 2014


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, Baumgardner has retained copyright until her death in her works donated to Smith College. After her death, copyright in these works will transfer to Smith College. 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 those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Baumgardner, 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

Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer Baumgardner graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1992. A year later, after moving to New York City, she began working as an unpaid intern at"Ms. Magazine."By 1997, Baumgardner was the youngest editor on staff. A year later, she left the magazine to pursue an independent career as a writer and has published numerous articles in a variety of magazines, from"Glamour"to"The Nation."Baumgardner is also the author of five books: "Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics" (2007); "Abortion&Life" (2008); "F'em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls" (2011); and with Amy Richards, "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future" (2000) and "Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism" (2005). According to her Web site,"In 2005 she created and produced the award-winning documentary'I Had an Abortion.'In 2013, she released her second film,'It Was Rape,'which tells the story of eight diverse women"( Baumgardner is currently the Executive Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press in New York City.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The collection contains feminist author and journalist Jennifer Baumgradner's books and audiovisual materials that contain the many interviews she conducted over the years as research for her published works.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed listing of what is included in this collection is available in this downloadable document: inventory to the Jennifer Baumgardner papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Jennifer Baumgardner in 2012.

Related Materials

Ms. Magazine Records, Amy Richards Papers

Finding aid to the Jennifer Baumgardner papers
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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
  • 2021-07-02: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063