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Miscellaneous subjects collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00392

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.


  • 1856-2011

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

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

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.


15 boxes (6.25 linear feet)


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.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Katie Kowinski, student assistant. Introductory text by Kate Weigand.
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Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063