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Dorothy Pitman Hughes papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00733

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two oversize copies of Dan Bagan's 2014 black and white photograph of Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem, fists raised, that Pitman Hughes commissioned to mark Steinem's 80th birthday. The photo is a reenactment of the now iconic original image by photographer Dan Wynn. Also in the collection are fliers, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, proposals, plaques, certificates, and other photographs. Of special interest, though in very fragile condition, is a significant run of The Black Panther,the party's official newspaper.

Dates

  • 1964 - 2016

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

Dorothy Pitman Hughes retains full ownership of any and all copyrights currently owned and/or controlled by her in the materials, but grants Special Collections a nonexclusive right to use or authorize all uses of these materials for noncommercial research, scholarly, or educational purposes pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution, noncommercial license as permitted.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a civil rights feminist activist, movement leader and author. Born in Lumpkin, Georgia in 1938, Pitman Hughes grew up in the segregated South, experiencing firsthand the violence of racism where, in 1948 her father was severely beaten by men her family believed to be members of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1957 she moved to New York City and during the 1960s worked as a salesperson, house cleaner, and nightclub singer while raising bail money for jailed civil rights activists. In the late 1960s, needing care for her own children (by 1970, she had three daughters) Pitman Hughes organized a multiracial cooperative day care center on the West Side which would be profiled by New York Magazine columnist, Gloria Steinem. The two women became friends and when Steinem began her public speaking career on behalf of feminism, she asked Pitman Hughes to join her. They went on to co-found Ms Magazine with other feminist writers and activists.

Extent

5.25 linear feet (8 boxes. Other materials in the collection: 1 20x20 print, other prints and posters.)

Overview

Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a civil rights feminist activist, movement leader and author. This collection includes two oversize copies of Dan Bagan's 2014 black and white photograph of Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem, fists raised, that Pitman Hughes commissioned to mark Steinem's 80th birthday. The photo is a reenactment of the now iconic original image by photographer Dan Wynn. Also in the collection are fliers, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, proposals, plaques, certificates, and other photographs. Of special interest, though in very fragile condition, is a significant run of The Black Panter,the party's official newspaper.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials came to the Sophia Smith Collection from Dorothy Pitman Hughes.

Related Materials

Gloria Steinem papers
Title
Finding aid to Dorothy Pitman Hughes papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019-06-24
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-24: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

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

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