Criminal justice, Administration of
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Collections documenting women and organizations active in advocating for change to the American criminal justice system, and providing aid to those embroiled in the criminal justice system.
Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:
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.
Dates of Materials: 2008 - 2009
Overview Anna Moscowitz Kross was a lawyer, judge, New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner, and social reformer. The bulk of the collection covers Kross's career as the Commissioner of Correction. Writings, speeches, and taped interviews reflect Kross's efforts to institute major reforms focusing on education and social rehabilitation for women prisoners. Correspondents include Constance Baker Motley and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dates of Materials: 1905 - 1976
Overview Documents the activities and experiences of female criminals, the efforts of social scientists to understand them, the work of prison reformers to improve their treatment, and the changing approaches and methods used by the state to manage them. Material includes printed material, correspondence, drawings, reports, and unpublished papers that focus on the United States and England.
Dates of Materials: 1850-1992
Overview The collection contains materials documenting Clausen's career as feminist poet, novelist, and writer of non-fiction; her participation in feminist, social justice, anti-nuclear, prison reform, and gay rights activism; and her family life and her relationship with former partner, Elly Bulkin.
Dates of Materials: 1907 - 2017
Overview Advocacy group for release of Jean Harris. The records consist of correspondence, petitions, newsletters, clippings, and records on contributors and supporters. The bulk of the material is correspondence, including committee correspondence with Jean Harris and supporters and petition letters to the Governor of New York; clippings by and about Harris; and writings by Harris. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent...
Dates of Materials: 1983-1993 (ongoing)
Overview Teacher; Headmistress of Madeira School; Prison reformer. While incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, N.Y. (1981-93) for the murder in the 1980 death of Herman Tarnower she worked in the Children's Center, and published three books: Stranger in Two Worlds (1986), They Always Call Us Ladies (1988), and Marking Time (1991) as well as a number of articles and unpublished manuscripts about women in prison. In 1986 she helped establish the Children of Bedford Fund. The papers...
Dates of Materials: 1973 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1993
Overview Kathleen O'Shea is an author, Lesbian activist, Social reform advocate and was a Catholic nun. Her mother, Sarah Alida Conde O'Shea, grew up in a working-class Catholic family in Kansas. Kathleen's papers include documents and memorabilia from O'Shea's childhood, correspondence, photographs, a small amount of material pertaining to lesbian former nuns, writing research, and video tapes. Sarah's papers include diaries, unpublished memoirs, photographs, memorabilia and genealogical information.
Dates of Materials: 1893 - 2013
Overview Lawyer, journalist, suffragist, prison reformer, pacifist and teacher. Papers include writings (including unpublished autobiography), memorabilia, diaries, and manuscripts. Photographs include Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, Maksim Gorky, and Aleksandr Kerensky. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, which includes Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, Norman Douglas, Theodore Dreiser, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, John Galsworthy, Judge Ben Lindsey, Salvador de Madariaga,...
Dates of Materials: 1880-1984
Overview The Prison Birth Project (2008-2017) worked to "support, encourage, and train currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework." The records include administrative files, program and event planning materials, forms, newsletters and other publications related to midwifery and the Prison Birth Project. Of particular interest are photos and videos of various events, curriculum materials related to Doula training; and...
Dates of Materials: 1993 - 2018
Overview Author; Poet; Political activist; Prison reformer; Educator. Papers are primarily associated with her sixteen years in prison (1984-2001) and include correspondence, legal documents, photographs, poetry and essays written by Rosenberg, course work, her Master's thesis, and syllabi for courses she taught while incarcerated. Of particular interest are the personal journals she kept during her time in prison.
Dates of Materials: 1966 - 2011
Overview This collection is made up of administrative and program records of WoRTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory), including promotional material, financial and grant papers, collected articles and resources, and workshop and conference material. In addition to this material, there is a small amount of material related to Tina Reynolds, WoRTH's director, including her teaching material for a course on criminal justice at the City University of New York (CUNY).
Dates of Materials: 1985 - 2018
Overview This collection is primarily comprised of the creative output created by participants, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women of Western Massachusetts, of the on-going Voices from Inside program, a volunteer organization which holds poetry workshops, publishes anthologies, holds public readings, and generally seeks to give voice to women who are or have been within the criminal justice system through the poetry they create.
Dates of Materials: 2000 - 2019
Overview Prison reform organization. The records include correspondence, financial materials, emails, conference materials, press releases, meeting agendas and minutes. Programs are fairly well-documented, including leadership and advocacy programs for women, anti-shackling campaigns, and community education. Major topics include reproductive justice, prison reform, incarcerated mothers and their children, legal advocacy for women, African American women and the U.S. prison-industrial complex, and...
Dates of Materials: 1975 - 2018