Prison Birth Project records
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- 1993 - 2018
- Prison Birth Project (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Box 9 in Accession 2018-S-0005 contains moldy materials. This box is closed to research, until the materials can be cleaned or digitized.
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
The organization closed its doors in 2017, citing "large systems of power" and the lack of "the kind of support we need to become the sustainable organization we envision." Among their successes, the Prison Birth Project states that they, "supported over 300 incarcerated people during pregnancy and postpartum and built leadership with over 225 incarcerated parents. Our doulas have attended over 60 births. We helped to pass the landmark Massachusetts legislation ending shackling of pregnant and laboring incarcerated people and monitored successful implementation of new standards." Their projects were distributed to other organizations and practices documented for future use and education.
[sources: PBP Website ]
10 linear feet (5 record cartons, 2 full letter document boxes, 1 half document box, 1 flat box, 4 boxes, 4 flat files)
16 items (10 DVDs, 3 CDs)
136.25 Gigabytes (11,543 digital files)
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Prison Birth Project Records addition from Accession #2018-S-0005 was kept in original folders and order when possible. Similar subjects were organized and boxed together. Potentially sensitive materials (donor names and contact information, client names and contact information, tax forms and other financial documents) have been set aside for further assessment.
Materials from Accession #2018-S-0049 were kept in original order when possible and added to folders with similar materials. Oversize items were added to Box 6 of #2018-S-0005.
Digital accessions received via a file sharing service (Google Drive), have been backed up to networked storage for preservation. Additional digital content was copied from the donors' computers and discs in the collection. All digital records have been retained in their original order and detailed file lists were created and attached to the contents listing.
- Annual reports
- Bullock, Marianne, AC 2014
- Childbirth -- United States -- 20th century
- Children of women prisoners
- Computer media
- Criminal justice, Administration of
- DVD-Video discs
- Electronic records
- Prison Birth Project
- Prison births
- Prison reformers
- Prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc -- United States
- Reproductive health
- Reproductive health -- Massachusetts
- Reproductive health advocates
- Women -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Massachusetts
- Women prisoners -- Abuse of
- Women prisoners -- Family relationships -- United States
- Women prisoners -- Massachusetts
- Works of art
- Finding aid to the Prison Birth Project records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Finding aid prepared by Kathleen Nutter Banks.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-08-14 and 2018-10-12: This record was revised to reflect the addition of new materials.
- 2020-04-09: Added accessions 14S-49, 15S-78, and 16S-19
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063