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Women's rights collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00397

Scope and Contents

The Women's Rights Collection contains a large quantity and variety of material including both published and unpublished sources documenting the broad spectrum of women's rights struggles and movements from the late eighteenth century to the present. The vast majority of the material relates to women's rights in the United States from 1846 to 1983.

Dates

  • 1789-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1864-1983

Language of Materials

English.

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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

Permission is required to cite the papers or for quotations beyond "fair use."

Extent

25.75 linear feet (51 boxes, 23 volumes)

Overview

This collection contains both printed materials and original sources documenting the broad spectrum of women's rights struggles and movements from the late eighteenth century to the present, primarily in the United States. Materials include biographical writings on individuals who made significant contributions to women's rights; an important concentration of sources on women's rights conferences and conventions; records pertaining to the E.R.A. fight; records of the President's Commission on the Status of Women and state-level Commissions on the Status of Women; and documents and publications of many national and local women's organizations.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eight series:
  1. I. GENERAL
  2. II. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
  3. III. CONFERENCES
  4. IV. EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
  5. V. LEGAL STATUS
  6. VI. ORGANIZATIONS
  7. VII. COMMISSIONS ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
  8. VIII. COUNTRIES
  9. OVERSIZE MATERIALS
  10. ITEMS ON SHELF

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors. Some items were removed from other collections.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions are expected and may not be reflected in this finding aid.

Related Material

Related material can be found in the papers or records of some of these individuals and organizations in the SSC.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar (intern), 2004. Introductory text by Kate Weigand.
Title
Women's rights collection
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2004
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-10-12: mnsss186 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.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063