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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

  • Creation: 1980 - 2007


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Final, edited transcripts are open for research, but certain interviews have restrictions. Please refer to specific interviews regarding these restrictions.

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 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.

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.


35.292 linear feet (60 containers)


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.

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 or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Claudine Barnes, Kathryne Kish Sklar, and Mary Logan Rothschild, 2001-2012.

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

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. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2012-S-0006, Boxes 1-15 renumbered as Boxes 47-61



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
Language of description
Script of description

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.
  • 2021-08-05: Added web access, access, and use notes to all oral histories.
  • 2021-09-27: Consolidated A/V and inventoried

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063