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G.J. Stillson MacDonnell papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00070

Scope and Contents

The G.J. Stillson MacDonnell papers document the Connecticut women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s. They include material on women's organizations such as the founding of the Feminist Credit Union, the Coalition of Connecticut Organizations Concerned with Women's Issues, the Connecticut Commission on the Status of Women, the first rape crisis service and the first battered women's shelter in Connecticut. Also represented are MacDonnell's legal activities in Connecticut, working with, and lobbying for, women's issues in the state legislature, including the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights, and various civil rights campaigns. Additional research files include material on the history of married women's surname; Vivian Kellems' research on taxation of single people; and issues of women's periodicals and newspapers.

NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Dates

  • 1970-1987

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open with caveat: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

G.J. Stillson MacDonnell was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1947 and graduated from New York University. She received a law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1973. In 1974 she started an independent practice in Hartford and 5 months later joined a Hartford law firm. She was founder and attorney for Hartford Rape Crisis Service; chair of Coalition of Connecticut, an organization concerned with women's issues; attorney and board member of Connecticut Feminist Federal Credit Union in New Haven. MacDonnell frequently worked as unpaid lobbyist for feminist organizations and testified before Connecticut legislator for the ERA, abortion rights, divorce, sexual assault laws, and gay rights. In 1969 she a joined larger firm working with legal issues of employee benefits.

Extent

3 boxes (3.75 linear feet)

Overview

Lawyer; Civic leader; Lobbyist. Papers document the Connecticut women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s, including women's organizations such as the Feminist Credit Union, the Coalition of Connecticut Organizations Concerned with Women's Issues, the Connecticut Commission on the Status of Women, the first rape crisis service and the first battered women's shelter in Connecticut. Topics include the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights, married women's surname, and taxation of single people. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.
Title
G.J. Stillson MacDonnell papers
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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:18-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

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