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Jewish Women Watching records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00738

Scope and Contents

Ephemera and promotional materials; correspondence, notes, and memoranda by members; meeting minutes and agendas, which are primarily on a flash drive; newspaper clippings and various publications; invoices and bank statements; photographs and audio recordings.

Dates of Materials

  • 1995 - 2016


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers must sign the Records Access Agreement whereby they agree to maintain the anonymity of JWW's members, funders, and vendors by using only the noms de guerre provided by the organization. Original AV may not be used; research use copies must be made.

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 ( 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 they own copyright, Tiven has assigned the copyright of Jewish Women Watching's 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 Jewish Women Watching, 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

Founded circa 1999, Jewish Women Watching is a women's rights activist organization that seeks, according to its mission statement, "to challenge and change sexist and oppressive practices in the Jewish community." Its founders and members remain anonymous. Modeled after the Guerrilla Girls, the group's campaigns have often used satire, and strategies like attaching condoms or vibrators to materials for distribution, to call attention to issues of social justice. Many of these actions have been covered by Jewish media sources. Coverage and information on specific campaigns can be found on their website at


1 linear feet (1 box.)

0.37 Gigabytes


The collection contains the records of Jewish Women Watching, a women's rights activist organization that seeks, according to its mission statement, "to challenge and change sexist and oppressive practices in the Jewish community."

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 or email to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given by representatives of Jewish Women Watching in 2015.

Processing Information

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.


Finding aid to the Jewish Women Watching records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-17: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-07-21: Description added for born-digital content.
  • 2021-07-01: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063