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Women's Action for New Directions records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00317

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

Creator

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.

Extent

66 boxes (72.25 linear feet)

0.28344 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

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.

Arrangement

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

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 specialcollections@smith.edu 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.

Additional Formats

Digital copies are available for select recordings. Please contact us for more information.

Processing 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.
Title
Women's Action for New Directions records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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)
  • 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.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Neilson Library
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