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Activist Life Oral History Project oral histories

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00641

Scope and Contents

An Activist Life Oral History Project is a collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. The project documents both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Narrators include educators and academics, musicians, writers, and artists, as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds. Interviews cover childhood and growing up experiences; education and employment; activism and politics; family, identity, relationships and community.

Narrators include:
  1. Lois Ahrens
  2. Joan Ballas
  3. Joyce Berkman
  4. Annie Cheatham
  5. Maria Cuerda
  6. Frances Crowe
  7. Delight Dodyk
  8. Merle Feld
  9. Barbara Hammer
  10. Sue Hyde
  11. Lesléa Newman
  12. Jane Pincus
  13. Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  14. Tiik Pollet
  15. Christine Shelton

Dates of Materials

  • 2008 - 2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

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 interviews, except for the interviews with the following women: Merle Feld, Barbara Hammer, and Lesléa Newman. These women have retained copyright to their interviews. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Requests for permission to publish quotations should be addressed to the Sophia Smith Collection and should include identification of the specific passages to be quoted, anticipated use of the passages, and identification of the user. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Interviews were conducted by Smith College students in Kelly Anderson's Smith College course "Women's Activism and Oral History" in the Fall of 2008. Students were trained in both the history of women's activism and oral history techniques and protocols.

Extent

2 boxes (1.25 linear feet)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

A collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. Fifteen interviews, conducted by Smith College students, document both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Activist Life Oral History Project were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Kelly Anderson in April 2008.

Related Materials

In addition to their oral histories, the Sophia Smith Collection contains the Frances Crowe Papers, the Lesléa Newman Papers, the Letty Cottin Pogrebin Papers, and the Christine Shelton Papers.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, June 2009

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Activist Life Oral History Project oral histories
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Scott Biddle
Date
2010
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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-12: References and links to online content removed (playlists were taken down from media server)
  • 2020-06-12: Added interviews, updated notes

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063