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Eleanor Brilliant collection of research materials on women's philanthropy

Identifier: SSC-MS-00765

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials about women and philanthropy gathered by Eleanor Brilliant, including annual reports, surveys, pamphlets, and press releases for local, state and national women's philanthropic agencies including the Women's Funding Network.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1970 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Eleanor Brilliant 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 Eleanor Brilliant, 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

Eleanor Brilliant is a professor emeritus who spent the bulk of her career (1986-2006) at the Rutgers School of Social Work where she was also a member of the women's studies faculty. Brilliant's research has focused on social services and the nonprofit sector as well as women's funds and foundations as agents of social change.


8.021 linear feet (8 containers)

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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.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Eleanor Brilliant, 2016-2020.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.



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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-07-27: Colleciton title changed from "Eleanor Brilliant papers" to "Eleanor Brilliant collection of research materials on women's philanthropy"
  • 2021-08-23: Added inventory to accession 2016-S-0010

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063