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Eve Hinderer papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00403

Scope and Contents

The Eve Hinderer Papers contain journals and diaries (circa 1967-2008), correspondence, email, writings, clippings and photographs. Diary entries are highly self-reflective, and are for the most part daily, including periods of depression and mental instability in Hinderer's life. Recent diaries (circa 2004- ) are in electronic form (MS Word) and printouts of electronic files.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1967 - 2012


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

At the direction of the donor, this collection is closed until Hinderer's death.

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Eve Hinderer was born in New York City, August 25, 1947. During her first year at City College of New York, she was introduced to socialist and other left-wing groups. At the same time her life at home with a verbally abusive father had reached a crisis and at the age of 17 in 1965, she became a runaway. She eventually went to live with her godmother in Daytona Beach, Florida. There she experienced her first bout of mental illness. After three months she returned home and to school, but after about a year she was suffering from panic attacks and anxiety and was ready to enter therapy for the first time. At that time, she had become involved with the New York Federation of Anarchists. "In its' emphasis on personal transformation as the starting point for revolutionary theory and practice, anarchism resolved my conflict between the left's concern for justice and the libertarian emphasis on the individual. I took refuge in the tenets of anarchism..." She also became active in the nascent women's movement in the Fall of 1967 and was a founding member of New York Radical Women in New York until the summer of 1968, when she organized a second consciousness raising group with Judith Duffett. While she was traveling around the country that summer, new women continued to join the group including feminist Robin Morgan. By that Fall, a new and much larger group continued to meet at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference office on East 11th street in New York City. Hinderer soon after dropped out of the movement, feeling strongly about the importance of small-group interaction as an organizing tool. In 1971, she joined the emerging gay liberation movement, becoming active in the lesbian separatist community in New York's lower Manhattan. She withdrew three years later, acknowledging her bisexuality. Hinderer received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in 1985. She has survived recurring bouts of mental illness. She currently lives in Newburgh, N.Y.


2.417 linear feet (6 containers)


Feminist; Anarchist; Bisexual; founding member of New York Radical Women in New York City, 1960s. The Eve Hinderer Papers contain journals and diaries, correspondence, email, writings, clipppings and photographs.


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Eve Hinderer, 2000-2012.

Processing Information

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.



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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063