Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of bibliographies, articles, pamphlets, biographies, newspaper clippings, and tracts all pertaining to women's roles within religion and the church. Dating from 1734 to 1979, the bulk of the materials are dated after 1800. Included are two volumes of The Woman's Bible (1897); a tract entitled "Account of Abigail Hutchinson: a young woman hopefully converted at Northampton, Mass" (1734); pamphlets, articles and other materials on the education and training of missionaries and historical sketches of missionary societies, matriarchal religions, founders of independent and separatist church movements, and women's organizations and caucuses from various religious sects. There are also biographical files on individual women religious thinkers and leaders and an oral history of Patricia Page (Smith College, class of 1944), done for the Episcopal Women's History Project (1997).
Dates of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1800-1950
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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.
8.25 linear feet (15 containers)
This collection is comprised of bibliographies, articles, pamphlets, biographies, newspaper clippings and tracts all pertaining to women's roles within religion and the church. Included are two volumes of The Woman's Bible (1897); a tract entitled "Account of Abigail Hutchinson: a young woman hopefully converted at Northampton, Mass (1734);" pamphlets and articles on the education and training of missionaries and historical sketches of missionary societies; matriarchal religions and founders of independent and separatist church movements; and documentation on women's organizations and caucuses from various religious sects.
This collection is organized into six series:
- I. General
- II. Individuals
- III. Clergy
- IV. Organizations
- V. Missionary Work
- VI. Sects
- Oversize materials
- Books on Shelf
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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Other Finding Aids
One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors. One donor to this collection, Patricia Page, was Smith College Class of 1944.
Additions to the Collection
Periodic additions are expected.
Processed in 2002 by Laura Cutter, intern. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.
- Biographical sketches
- Clergy member's spouses
- Clergy members
- England -- Church history
- Feminist spirituality
- Oral histories
- Religious organizations
- Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History
- Spouses of clergy
- United States -- Church history
- Women and religion
- Women clergy -- United States
- Women in Christianity
- Women in church work -- Catholic Church
- Women missionaries
- Religion collection
- Finding Aid
- Laura Cutter
- 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: mnsss174 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
- 2017-07-26T17:48:12-04:00: 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