Theresa Carr papers
Scope and Contents
Personal papers, including much correspondence, journals, poetry, and photographs, reflecting Carr's personal relations both in the United States and Germany. Also, there is a significant amount of material reflecting Carr's decades of political activism, including minutes, pamphlets, fliers, photographs, and organizational records. Also included is a significant amount of personal papers, political materials, and photographs related to Carr's long time lover, Alessandra Nichols.
- Carr, Theresa (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is written in English, German, and Spanish.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, Alesandra Nichols has assigned the copyright of Theresa Carr'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 Theresa Carr, 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.
Theresa Carr was born in Chicago, the daughter of Vernon and Zola Strut Carr. She grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts and graduated from the town high school, with honors, in 1972. Carr went on to the University of Massachustts Amherst where, in addition to extensive political activities such as co-founding the Orchard Hill Women's Center and the Wounded Knee Support Committee, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics in just three years. As a self-proclaimed "Marxist-Leninist lesbian," she joined fellow dormitory residents in transforming the third floor of Dickinson Hall into the "Liberation Corridor." She went on, also at UMass, to earn a Master's degree in Labor Relations and Research, working as a union organizer in the Pioneer Valley. After graduation, Carr lived in Holyoke where she also worked as an apprentice carpenter. By the early 1980s, she moved to New Haven, Connecticut and became a licensed union carpenter in 1982. Throughout the 1980s, Carr continued her intense political activities, including co-founding the Spinsters Opposed to Nuclear Genocide (SONG) and the New Haven Coalition for Justice in El Salvador. She also protested against the United States' intervention in Nicaragua and for Puerto Rican independence; she volunteered at the New Haven Women's Liberation Center and organized neighborhood protests against inadequate city services; over the course of three decades, she was jailed many times as a result of her activism. Carr was also involved in the New England Women's Music scene and in the early 2000s was part of a women's land trust in the Florida Keys. A naturalist and Buddhist, Theresa Carr died after a two year battle against breast cancer. Her ashes were scattered the following year during the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment Reunion.
42.25 linear feet (41 containers)
Theresa Carr was an activist and became involved in numerous political activities during her lifetime. Her papers include correspondence, journals, poetry, photographs, minutes, pamphlets, fliers, and organizational records. Also included is a significant amount of personal papers, political materials, and photographs related to Carr's long time lover, Alessandra Nichols.
Other Finding Aids
Some correspondence annotated by student worker. The collection has a container list that is available upon request by contacting email@example.com
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were donated by Theresa Carr on 2014-02-27.
- Anti-imperialist movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Antinuclear movement--History--Sources
- Antinuclear movement--United States--History--Sources
- Antinuclear movement--United States--Photographs
- Breast -- Cancer -- Patients
- Carr, Theresa
- Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
- Cuba--Description and travel--Sources
- Feminism--Germany--History--20th century--Sources
- Feminism--History-20th century-Sources
- Gay college students -- Massachusetts -- Amherst
- Germany (West)--Description and travel--Sources
- Labor unions--United States--History--20th century--Sources
- Lesbian feminism--United States--History
- Lesbianism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
- Liberation Corridor (UMass dormitory)
- New England Women's Music Retreat
- New Haven (CT)
- New Haven Women's Liberation Center
- Nicaragua -- History -- Revolution, 1979 -- Women
- Nichols, Alessandra M.
- Nuclear disarmament -- History -- Sources
- Peace movements--History--20th century--Sources
- Postcards--United States--History--20th century-- Sources
- Puerto Ricans -- United States -- Social conditions
- Seneca Women's Peace Encampment
- Social justice-History-20th century
- Socialism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
- Spinisters Opposed to Nuclear Genocide (SONG)
- University of Massachusetts Amherst -- Women
- Women anarchists--History--Sources
- Women and peace--History--20th century-Sources
- Women carpenters
- Women in the labor movement--United States--History--20th century--Sources
- Women's Land Trust, Sugarland Key, FL
- Finding aid to the Theresa Carr papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Madison White
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English
- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS
- 2019-06-19: Updated finding aid and published.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063