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Batya Bauman papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00541

Scope and Contents

The Batya Bauman papers consist of biographical information and documents pertaining to her early life, her feminist lecture businesses: Batya Bauman Enterprises, Batya Bauman Lecture Bureau, and Feminist Voices, and to her activism in the realms of lesbian feminism, Jewish feminism, animal welfare and Jewish involvement in the cause. Materials include writings by Bauman and others; personal and professional correspondence; articles, correspondence, pamphlets, and clippings relating to animal rights organizations (including Feminists for Animal Rights and PETA); correspondence, pamphlets, brochures related to Jewish women and transparencies of layouts for the Jewish feminist magazine, Lilith. Business records include memoranda, clippings, articles, photographs, newsletters, clippings, personal calendars (circa 1969-2000), and awards. There are also clippings, photographs, and correspondence from Bauman's time in Israel in 1950s.

Dates of Materials

  • 1947 - 2006


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Batya Bauman (born Bernice) was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Abraham and Gertrude Bauman. Her family moved to Rhode Island when she was an infant and she grew up in Providence, graduating from Hope High School in 1947. Bauman came up through the ranks of the Zionist Youth Movement, having been active in Young Judaea and Junior Hadassah. She is a graduate of the Institute for Youth Leaders from the Diaspora in Jerusalem, where she studied from 1951 to 1952; she returned to Israel to live on a kibbutz from 1952 to 1954. In the 1960s, Bauman served as Director of Lecture-Program Services of B'nai B'rith's Department of Adult Jewish Education in Washington, DC. She attended Fordham University later in life and was graduated summa cum laude in 1978 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Bauman has served for fifteen years as president of Feminists for Animal Rights and Editor-in-Chief of FAR's International Newsletter. She is a longtime animal advocate and activist and an ecofeminist ethical vegetarian. Before becoming an activist in animal and ecofeminist concerns, she was active in the 1970s and 1980s in New York City's feminist and lesbian communities, having co-founded Gay Women's Alternative and Lilith, a Jewish feminist magazine, as well as having been associated with Womanbooks, one of the first and largest women's bookstores in the country. She currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


5.021 linear feet (8 containers)


Batya Bauman is an animal welfare advocate; ecofeminist; feminist; lesbian activist; editor and writer. Her papers consist of biographical information and documents pertaining to Bauman's early life, her feminist lecture businesses, and activism in the realms of lesbian feminism, Jewish feminism, and animal rights. Materials include writings, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, memoranda, articles, photographs, newsletters, personal calendars, and memorabilia. There are also clippings, photographs, and correspondence from Bauman's time in Israel, in the 1950s.


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Batya Bauman in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2006.

Processing Information

Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Finding aid to Batya Bauman papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger; revised 2020 by Ellice Yasner Amanna
2008; 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:18-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-04-03: Accessions, description added, and finding aid updated to current standards

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063