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Linda Burnham papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00736

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of photographs, writings by Burnham, and biographical material. In addition to materials and photographs related to the Third World Women Alliance (TWWA), there is also much material related to its successor organizations, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression and the Women of Color Resource Center. Of particular interest are the TWWA's FBI records obtained in 2005 and the materials associated with their Coalition to Fight Infant Mortality campaign (1978-1982) and to the Somos Hermanas campaign seeking cooperation with Sandanista women in Nicaragua (1984-1987).

Dates of Materials

  • 2000 - 2015

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, Linda Burnham 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 Linda Burnham, 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

Linda Burnham is a journalist, activist, and leader in women's rights movements, particularly with organizations and projects serving and advocating for women of color.

Burnham was born in 1948 to parents who were active in the Young Communist League in the 1930s and 1940s. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Reed College in 1968. As a journalist and political activist, Burnham has been involved with the Venceremos Brigades, the Third World Women's Alliance, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression, the Angela Davis Defense Committee, and the Line of March. She co-founded the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, California in 1990 and served as its Executive Director for eighteen years. Burnham is currently the National Research Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In 2009, Burnham edited "Changing the Race: Racial Politics and the Election of Barack Obama." Her recent writings focus on women and poverty and on women and militarism. In 2012, she co-authored "Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work." Her deep commitment to organizing the oppressed has earned her multiple awards. She was nominated in 2005 as one of the 1000 Peace Women for the Nobel Prize and received the Twink Frey Social Activist Award in 2008. She also practices and has taught yoga for decades and has studied African and African diasporic dance.

Extent

4.75 linear feet (6 boxes)

.52 Gigabytes (140 digital files)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Linda Burnham is a journalist, activist, and leader in women's rights movements, particularly with organizations and projects serving and advocating for women of color. Collection is comprised of photographs, writings by Burnham, and biographical material. Also, in addition to materials and photographs related to the Third World Women Alliance (TWWA), there is also much material related to its successor organizations, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression and the Women of Color Resource Center.

Arrangement

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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

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

Linda Burnham donated these materials to the Sophia Smith collection beginning in 2015.

Related Materials

Materials relevant to researchers in this collection may also be found in the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, Women of Color Resource Center Records, Alliance Against Women's Oppression Records, and Third World Women's Alliance Records, all of which are held in the Sophia Smith Collection.

Processing Information

The digital files received on photo CDs and floppy disks have been copied to networked storage by Special Collections staff for preservation and access.

Source

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Linda Burnham papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Yasner Amanna
Date
2020
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.
  • 2018-10-01: 2018 accession added and revised version of finding aid published
  • 2019-01-22: Digital portion of 2018 accession added
  • 2020-03-31: Accession added and finding aid updated to current standards

Repository Details

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

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