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Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project oral histories

Identifier: SSC-MS-00423

Scope and Contents

The Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project collection consists of 17.25 linear feet of audiotapes, videotapes and transcripts. There are fifty-one individual oral histories plus group discussions conducted between 2000 and 2005. The project documents the emergence and development of U.S. women's history between 1960 and 2000 by creating an archive that explores a new group of scholars who entered the historical profession after 1960. It explores these historians' professional and personal lives, their choices, and their intellectual commitments.

Dates of Materials

  • 2000-2005

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Final, edited transcripts are open for research with the following exceptions:
  1. Anderson Karen (pp. 68-69 closed until 15 Jan 2016)
  2. Antler, Joyce (p. 31 closed until 15 Nov 2015)
  3. Banner, Lois (pp. 23-24 closed until 4 Apr 2016)
  4. Brumberg, Joan (p. 76 closed until 29 May 2016)
  5. Conway, Jill (closed until 3 Dec 2017)
  6. Hall, Jacquelyn (closed until ?)
  7. Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz (pp. 83-89 closed until 17 May 2016)
  8. Leavitt, Judith (pp. 14-15 closed until 4 Jan 2026)
  9. Miller, Page Putnam (pp. 67-68 closed until 7 Mar 2016)
  10. Oates, Mary (closed until 16 Nov 2025)
  11. Sklar, Kathryn Kish (pp. 77-78, p. 80 closed until 6 Oct 2015)
For partially restricted interviews, restricted pages have been removed from the public version of the transcripts. Electronic copies of open transcripts are available. All original transcripts are closed.

The audio recordings for unrestricted interviews are available for research, but all quotes for publication must be drawn from the final, edited transcriptions. Audio recordings with restricted portions are closed. All original audio cassette tapes are closed; copies must be requested for research 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 ( 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

All narrators retain copyright to their interviews during their lifetimes and must give written permission for the reproduction of any portion of tapes or transcriptions during their lifetimes. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Living U.S. Women's History: Voices From the Field, 1960-2000: An Oral History Archive is part of a larger project: The Emergence of U.S. Women's History, 1972-1997: A Model for the Gender Equity Movement. The purpose of the larger project is to document the history "of people who have worked on gender equity in schools, universities and university groups." The project was conceived and conducted by Mary Logan Rothschild, Professor of History and Women's Studies at Arizona State University, and Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Funding has been provided in part by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at SUNY--Binghamton; Arizona State University; the American Association of University Women; the Arizona Humanities Council; and the Arizona Historical Society. The Sophia Smith Collection provided procedural advice in addition to agreeing to be the archival repository for project records.


56 boxes (17.25 linear feet)


The collection includes fifty-one oral histories of scholars of U.S. women's history. The interviews document the emergence and development of women's history as a discipline from 1960 to 2000, as well as the interviewees' professional and personal lives, their choices, and their intellectual commitments.


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

The Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project collection was received by the Sophia Smith Collection between 2001 and 2008.

Related Materials

The Smith College Archives contains related material for Mary Maples Dunn, Jill Ker Conway, and Helen Horowitz.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan L. Boone, 2008
Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project oral histories
Finding Aid
Finding aid prepared by Susan L. Boone.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063