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Carolyn McDade papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00724

Scope and Contents

Personal and professional papers, including correspondence, music, writing, and organizational documents.

Dates

  • 1940 - 2014

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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, Carolyn McDade has retained copyright, in her works donated to Smith College, until her death or until she notifies Smith College that they own copyright on a stated date. 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 Carolyn McDade, 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 June 19, 1935 to a Southern Baptist family, Carolyn McDade is a feminist, a writer of women's music, and self-described activist. She studied education at Louisiana Tech, where she received her BA in 1957. Once she married and had three daughters, she had to put music to the wayside. McDade picked it up again in 1970 by beginning a series of recording projects. Her song "Spirit of Life" remains popular in the Unitarian Universalist Church. She later began to lead religious workshops and retreats, including at Womancenter, which she co-founded in Massachusetts in 1983. The center closed in 1991 due to financial difficulties. Her activism in the 1980s included involvement with war tax resistance and the establishment of a refugee sanctuary at the Community Church in Boston. She has also been involved in the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation, the National Assembly of Religious Women, and the Radical Women's Caucus of Unitarian Universalists.

Extent

10 linear feet (10 boxes,1 OS box)

smith_ssc_724_14s-22_box009_cds Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Born June 19, 1935 to a Southern Baptist family, Carolyn McDade is a feminist, a writer of women's music, and self-described activist. The collection includes personal and professional papers, including correspondence, music, writing, and organizational documents.

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 to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

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 to Smith College Special Collections by Carloyn McDade, 2014.

Related Materials

Elizabeth Dodson Gray papers

Processing Information

The contents of all 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.
Title
Finding aid to the Carolyn McDade papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019-11-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-03-15: Finding aid updated to current standards and published
  • 2019-11-13: File level inventory added
  • 2020-05-27: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063