Women's rights collection
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The Women's Rights Collection contains a large quantity and variety of material including both published and unpublished sources documenting the broad spectrum of women's rights struggles and movements from the late eighteenth century to the present.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 of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1864-1983
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use according to the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission is required to cite the papers or for quotations beyond "fair use."
31.548 linear feet (73 containers)
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.
This collection is organized into eight series:
- I. GENERAL
- II. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
- III. CONFERENCES
- IV. EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
- V. LEGAL STATUS
- VI. ORGANIZATIONS
- VII. COMMISSIONS ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
- VIII. COUNTRIES
- OVERSIZE MATERIALS
- ITEMS 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.
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.
Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar (intern), 2004. Introductory text by Kate Weigand.
- Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
- Bloomer, Amelia Jenks, 1818-1894
- Equal rights amendments -- United States
- Feminists -- United States
- Foster, Abigail Kelley, 1810-1887
- Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
- Grimke, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879
- Grimke, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873
- Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896
- International Women's Year, 1975
- Jackman, Jennifer
- Kenyon, Dorothy
- Legislative records
- Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
- National Women's Conference (1st : 1977 : Houston, Tex.)
- National Women's Political Caucus
- Oral histories
- Phonograph records
- Raphael, Tamar
- Rose, Ernestine L. (Ernestine Louise), 1810-1892
- Second-wave feminism
- Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History
- Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
- Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
- Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954
- Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
- United States -- Politics and government
- United States. Citizens' Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
- United States. President's Commission on the Status of Women
- Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1862-1931
- Woman's Rights Convention (1st: 1848: Seneca Falls, N.Y.)
- Women -- Developing countries -- 20th century
- Women -- Legal status, laws, etc
- Women -- Suffrage
- Women's rights
- Women's rights -- Congresses
- Women's rights -- International cooperation -- 20th century
- Women's rights advocates
- World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development, and Peace (1980: Copenhagen, Denmark)
- press releases
- Women's rights collection
- Finding Aid
- 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)
- 2005-10-12: 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.
- 2020-05-19: Agents and acces and use notes added
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063