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Women: A Journal of Liberation records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00319

Scope and Contents

The Women: A Journal of Liberation Records consists of material dating from 1968 to 1983 primarily of documents pertaining to the administrative and editorial side of the publication. Types of material include correspondence, publications, articles, research material for publications, minutes, newsletters, notes, and financial material.

Dates of Materials

  • 1968-1983


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Women: A Journal of Liberation has assigned the copyright in their works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Women: A Journal of Liberation, 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.

Copyright for the following works was retained by their authors: "The Blue Snake Lies Curled in My Bowl Like Oatmeal" in Volume 5, number 3; "The Desert" in Volume 6, number 1; "Commodore Bork and the Compost" in Volume 5, number 1; "Liberated Chinese Primers (let's write some too)" in Volume 2, number 1, and "Changes" in Volume 2, number 4. Other authors may have retained copyright as well.

Biographical / Historical

Women: A Journal of Liberation was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1968 by Dee Ann Mims, Donna Keck, Vicki Pollard, and Carmen Arbona in order to provide a national forum for opinions and expression vital to the growing women's liberation movement. Managed by a collective, the journal published its first issue in the fall of 1969. Each issue of the journal focused on a different theme and consisted of invited contributions including articles, news reports, creative writings, and artwork. Some of the earliest contributors to Women were Alix Shulman, Elsa Gidlow, Tillie Olsen, Rita Mae Brown, and Audre Lorde. Originally the collective published the journal five times a year, but quickly reduced the number of issues contained in each volume to four, and then three, in order to meet deadlines more efficiently and to ensure each issue was given the attention it deserved. The intensity of the greater Women's Movement throughout the United States enabled the Collective to attract a large number of subscribers, but by the late 1970s the number of readers decreased rapidly. As a result, due to financial difficulties the journal folded in 1983.


7.833 linear feet (14 containers)


Feminist journal, Feminist collective. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, research materials, mailing lists, financial records, reader mail, surveys, catalogs, films, legal documents, and most of the printed issues published by the journal. Topics include collectivism, feminism, and journalism.


This collection is organized into six series:

  1. I. HISTORY AND ADMINISTRATION (1968-83, n.d.)
  2. II. FINANCES (1971-83, n.d.)
  3. III. DISTRIBUTION (1970-83, n.d.)
  4. IV. ADVERTISING (1972-80, n.d.)
  5. V. CORRESPONDENCE (1969-83, n.d.)
  6. VI. RESOURCE FILES (1975-82, n.d.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Martha Campbell in 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Jesse Kline, April 2013.

Women: A Journal of Liberation records
Finding Aid
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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.
  • 2022-03-02: Integrated description of oversized materials

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063