Miscellaneous subjects collection
Scope and Contents
The Miscellaneous Subjects Collection consists of material from several disparate topical areas that were viewed as too small or too esoteric to constitute their own subject collections. Subjects include aging and aged women, alcoholism, anarchism, costume, fascism, friendship, girls, Nazism, physically handicapped women, postage stamps, rural women, sex and sexuality, single women, taxation, and tobacco. The collection spans the period from 1856 to 2011. Types of material include articles, books, correspondence, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, position papers, questionnaires, reports, memorabilia, and stamps. The costume files include a collection of early twentieth century paper dolls and books on women's fashion. Other particularly interesting material includes documents relating to Mary Ware Dennett's approach to sex education for children and the obscenity charges she faced in 1929-30; the N.O.W. questionnaire on sexuality that Shere Hite used as the basis for her book on women's sexuality in the 1970s; and postage stamps featuring women.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1856-2011
- Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright to materials in the Miscellaneous Subjects Collection is owned by the individuals and organizations that created them. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
6.938 linear feet (16 containers)
Includes small amounts of mostly printed material on subjects related to women, including aging and aged women, alcoholism, anarchism, costume, fascism, friendship, girls, Nazism, physically handicapped women, postage stamps, rural women, sex, sex education, female sexuality, single women, taxation, tobacco, and witchcraft. Material includes printed material, books, cassette tapes, correspondence, position papers, questionnaires, reports, memorabilia, and stamps.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.
Finding aid revised in 2002 by Katie Kowinski, student assistant. Introductory text by Kate Weigand.
Genre / Form
- press releases
- Fashion -- 19th century
- Fashion -- 20th century
- Female friendship
- Older women
- Paper dolls
- Postage stamps
- Rural women
- Sex instruction
- Single women -- United States
- Women -- Comic books, strips, etc
- Women -- Sexual behavior
- Women -- Taxation -- United States
- Women anarchists
- Women with disabilities
- Miscellaneous subjects collection
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2005-09-23: mnsss105 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
- 2017-07-26T17:48:10-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063