Women's Action for New Directions records
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence and memoranda; videotapes, films and photographs; printed material, including pamphlets and flyers; articles, periodicals, and newsletters; educational and staff training materials and manuals; reports; personnel files; financial records; Board meeting and staff meeting agendas and minutes; speeches; publicity material; conference material; and memorabilia.
Dates of Materials
- 1973 - 2012
- Women's Action for New Directions (Organization)
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
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.
Biographical / Historical
The Women's Action for New Directions was founded in 1980 by Dr. Helen Caldicott as a Washington, DC lobbying group comprised largely of mothers concerned about the proliferation of nuclear arms. The organization has chapters throughout the U.S. as well as in several other countries. Its purpose was "to educate people to use their voting, purchasing, lobbying and other powers...to halt and reverse the nuclear arms race, and seek peaceful solutions to domestic and international problems...." This was to be accomplished through political action on the national level, and grassroots organizing and education through local "affiliates." The organization was originally called the Women's Party for Survival, then Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. The name was changed again circa 1992 to reflect their broadened focus.
93.377 linear feet (93 containers)
Language of Materials
Pacifist, anti-nuclear organization. Records include correspondence and memoranda; videotapes, films and photographs; printed material, including pamphlets and flyers; articles, periodicals, and newsletters; educational and staff training materials and manuals; reports; personnel files; financial records; Board meeting and staff meeting agendas and minutes; speeches; publicity material; conference material; and memorabilia.
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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
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
The first accession of WAND records was donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1989 by Helen Caldicott along with her personal papers. Starting in 1991, WAND made regular donations of their records, most recently in 2017.
Digital copies are available for select recordings. Please contact us for more information.
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- Antinuclear movement
- Caldicott, Helen
- Environmental protection -- Citizen participation
- Financial records
- Motion pictures
- Nuclear disarmament
- Nuclear power plants -- Environmental aspects
- Nuclear warfare -- Environmental aspects
- Nuclear warfare -- Moral and ethical aspects
- Peace movements
- Peace movements
- Peace movements
- Personnel records
- Robson, Kimberly
- Women's Action for New Directions
- Caldicott, Helen (Donor, Person)
- Women's Action for New Directions (Donor, Organization)
- Women's Action for New Directions records
- Finding Aid
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:17-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2020-06-08: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-06: Legacy container inventories for 13 accessions added.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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