Scope and Contents
The Esther Rothblum papers include biographical materials, academic writings, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, diplomas, awards, and a flash drive of photographs. Topics addressed in the collection's activism, research and writing materials include women's mental health, lesbian mental and relationship health, fat studies, and fat acceptance organizing.
Dates of Materials
Language of Materials
English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: the manuscript of Lesbian at Large, Rothblum's autobiography, is closed until December 31, 2036
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 she owns copyright, Esther Rothblum has licensed her materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship to her. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. 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 Rothlum, 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.
Esther Rothblum was born in Vienna, Austria and spent her childhood across the globe, living in Nigeria, Brazil, the United States, and several European countries. She attended Smith College from 1972 to 1976, where she studied psychology and German literature. After graduating Smith, Rothblum went on to complete an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale with a focus in psycho-social epidemiology. Although her early writing on procrastination has remained influential, Rothblum's work has come to focus on women's mental health, especially the mental health of lesbians and the stigma of women's weight. Notably, she has chaired the American Psychological Association's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns and serves as co-founding chair of the Size Acceptance Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology. Since 2004, she has conducted the CUPPLE study, a longitudinal study on the effects of legal status on same-gender relationship health.
Rothblum is an academic pioneer who championed the growing fields of LGBT Studies and Fat Studies. She taught Psychology at the University of Vermont from 1982 to 2005 and is currently a professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, where she also oversees programs in LGBT Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Rothblum has served as the editor of "Women and Therapy,""The Journal of Lesbian Studies," and "Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society." She has also edited over twenty books, including "The Fat Studies Reader" (2009) with Sandra Solovay,"Women in the Antarctic" (1998) with Jacqueline S. Weinstock and Jessica F. Morris, and several works on lesbian relationships. She was the author of a recurring column,"Dyke Psyche," which highlighted mental health issues effecting lesbians. Rothblum is also on the advisory board of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.
1.042 linear feet (2 containers)