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Social Work Archives Oral History collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00417

Scope and Contents

This collection includes oral history interviews with important figures in the field of social work, conducted circa 1970-1998. Many were conducted by Vida S. Grayson. Subjects include:
  1. Dorothy C. Bailey, transcript (114p)
  2. Louise S. Bandler, transcript (448p), 14 audiotapes.[Louise Bandler Papers are closed]
  3. Merriall Boselli, transcript (71p)
  4. Dorcas Bowles, transcript and audiotape
  5. Eleanor Clark, transcript (352p), eleven audiotapes (restricted)
  6. Esther Cook, transcript (55p), audiotape
  7. Rose Dawson, transcript (71p), audiotape
  8. Ann Hartman (in Ann Hartman Papers)
  9. Irving Kaufman, transcript (132p)
  10. Jean Leach, transcript (320p) [See alsoJean Leach Papers]
  11. Roger Miller, transcript (294 p)
  12. Grace Nicholls, transcript (255p)
  13. Howard Parad, transcript (249p) and audiotape [closed]
  14. Bertha C. Reynolds, transcript (58p) and three audiotapes [see also Bertha Capen Reynolds Papers]
  15. Nancy Staver, transcript (274p) and ten audiotapes [see also Nancy Staver Papers]
  16. Fanny Tollennar, transcript (43p)
In addition, see the following oral histories in other collections:
NOTE: The container list for this collection is available in the Sophia Smith Collection. Please contact us to request a copy.

Dates of Materials

  • 1970 - 2017-06

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

Several of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access to the full interview. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.


12 boxes (3.75 linear feet)


Oral history interviews with important figures in the field of social work. Audio tapes and transcriptions available for most interviews.


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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Related Material

For more collections relating to the history of Social Work, see the guide to the Smith College Social Work Archives.

Additional oral histories are included in papers of social workers Ann Hartman, Florence Hollis and Rosemary Reynolds, Elmina Rose Lucke, and Bertha Capen Reynolds, which are all part of the Social Work Archives.
Finding Aid to the Social Work Archives Oral History collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:17-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-12-04: Added 7 oral histories

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063