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Women, Black

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Identity categories provide another way of understanding the lives of women documented in our collections. Identities are assigned based on information available to the Smith College Special Collections, as declared by historical actors. Terms that people may have used to describe their own identities change over time. Because of this, not all collections are categorized. If we have made a mistake in our identity classification, please contact us.

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

Aileen C. Hernandez papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00730
Overview Comprised of correspondence, reports, research notes, surveys, audiovisual materials, and newspaper clippings from the papers of Aileen C. Hernandez, activist and civic leader. These papers document the life of Aileen C. Hernandez, activist and civic leader.
Dates: 1926-2014

Alliance Against Women's Oppression records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00699
Overview International women of color organization, Welfare rights activists, Reproductive rights and Women's health advocates. The Records are primarily related to the Bay Area Chapter of the Alliance and contain documents that articulate and demonstrate the challenges of developing a revolutionary mass organization through position and discussion papers, drafts, and publications produced by the Alliance. There is abundant documentation of the processes of coalition and social investigation that AAWO...
Dates: 1980-1989

Bernie D. Jones papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00743
Overview Bernie D. Jones is a legal scholar and author. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduatedHunter College, the New York University School of Law and the University of Virginia, where she earned a doctorate in U.S. History. Her specialization was in legal history and theory. She served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department from 1992-1995 and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Legal Studies from 2003-2008. Thereafter...
Dates: 1986-2016

Black Women's Health Imperative records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00487
Overview Women of color, reproductive rights, and women's health advocacy organization. The records consist of materials pertaining to the administration and the public outreach work of the Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI), including board of directors files reports, correspondence, conference materials, photograph albums, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. There is a large amount of promotional and educational materials produced by BWHI including pamphlets, posters, brochures, fact sheets,...
Dates: 1980 - 2018

Byllye Avery papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00652
Overview Health reformer; reproductive rights advocate. Papers document Avery's work as an activist in the field of black women's health and reproductive rights, including clippings, articles, correspondence, financial information, conference materials, speaking engagements, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. Materials relating to Avery's involvement in the Black Women's Health Imperative are also included.
Dates: 1951-2011 (ongoing)

Constance Baker Motley papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00110
Overview Judge, lawyer, civil rights advocate, and state senator. The bulk of the Motley papers document her professional life; material includes speeches, interviews, photographs, and memorabilia. The collection sheds light on the successes and failures of programs that emerged from the public policy applications of civil rights in such areas as the war on poverty and race discrimination; urban renewal; and in the New York State courts and political systems. Notable correspondents include: Bella Abzug,...
Dates: 1934-2018

Deb Friedman collection of feminist anti-violence records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00795
Overview The D.C. Rape Crisis Center was founded in 1972 as one of the first rape crisis centers in the country, and the only center at the time run primarily by and for women of color. This collection contains orientation information for new volunteers, as well as event information, various publications, and pamphlets. Addition material includes handwritten notes (loose and in notebooks), largely by Deb Friedman, on Feminist Alliance Against Rape (FAAR) and AEGIS meeting proceedings, as well as...
Dates: 1971-1984

Doris Vivian Wilson papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00650
Overview Doris Vivian Wilson worked for many years for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and was the first African American executive of that organization.This collection includes awards, photograph of unidentified African American woman under a YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago poster, primitive wood carving, paper parasol, and oher memorabelia.
Dates: 1976 - 2001

Dorothy Irene Height papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00606
Overview Civil rights activist, YWCA worker. The Dorothy Height Papers, which appear to be a reference file compiled by YWCA of the U.S.A. archives staff from YWCA records and other sources, are primarily related to her work with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), dating from 1937 to 2005. The bulk of the materials cover the period between the late 1950s and the mid 1970s and include correspondence, clippings, photographs, awards and tributes,...
Dates: 1937-2005

Dorothy Pitman Hughes papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00733
Overview Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a civil rights feminist activist, movement leader and author. In the collection there are: fliers, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, proposals, certificates, and photographs. Of special interest, though in very fragile condition, are several issues of The Black Panther,the party's official newspaper. This collection also includes one oversize copy of Dan Bagan's 2014 black and white photograph of Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem,...
Dates: 1964 - 2016

Dázon Dixon Diallo papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00683
Overview Dázon Dixon Diallo is founder and president of SisterLove, Inc., established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States.As a student at Spelman College, Dázon took a leading role in anti-apartheid work. After attending the First National Conference on Black Women's Health Issues at Spelman in June, 1983, she sought out community women's health work. She earned her B.A. from Spelman in 1986. From 1984 to 1989, she was a lay health...
Dates: 1985-2000

Elaine Pinderhughes papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00549
Overview Elaine Pinderhughes was a professor of social work and highly sought after consultant, as well as a leader and featured speaker at conferences, workshops, and symposia. This collection includes published and unpublished articles and essays, including notes and drafts, as well as research materials for her book, Understanding Race, Ethnicity and Power: The Key to Efficacy in Clinical Practice (1989).
Dates: 1943 - 2012

Evelyn Boyd Granville papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00747
Overview The collection contains the personal papers of Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician, computer scientist, and educator.
Dates: 1936-2010

Evelyn C. White papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00666
Overview Evelyn Corliss White is a writer of books relating to women of African descent. Her papers include research files for her biography of Alice Walker, articles and book reviews by White, research files for The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking For Ourselves, correspondence, photographs, and a small amount of biographical material.
Dates: 1959 - 2010

Jane White papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00262
Overview Actress. Papers include scripts, newspaper clippings, notes, publicity, correspondence, audiotapes, interviews, scrapbooks, and photographs. These materials, enhanced by White's eloquent self-reflections in interviews generated by her work on stage, document the career of a versatile performer. While the collection primarily documents White's professional career and the challenges she faced as an African American actress, her husband Alfredo Viazzi and her prominent parents, Walter and Gladys...
Dates: 1924-2001 (ongoing)

Jeanne L. Noble papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00488
Overview Professor, Author. Papers consist primarily of materials related to Noble's involvement in the National Council of Negro Women (specifically the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute) in the late 1990s, and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, there are some materials documenting Noble's work on several governmental commissions and committees in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as various community organizations. Also included are essays and speeches by Noble and...
Dates: 1955-2002

Jewel Graham papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00525
Overview The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Jewel Graham, including a typescript of her unpublished memoir, which includes reflections on growing up as an African American girl in Springfield, Ohio, her education, her employment as professor at Antioch College, and her life-long service in the YWCA, from age 13, to becoming President of the National Board and of the World YWCA.
Dates: 1940-2008

Linda Burnham papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00736
Overview Linda Burnham is a journalist, activist, and leader in women's rights movements, particularly with organizations and projects serving and advocating for women of color. Collection is comprised of photographs, writings by Burnham, and biographical material. Also, in addition to materials and photographs related to the Third World Women Alliance (TWWA), there is also much material related to its successor organizations, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression and the Women of Color Resource...
Dates: 2000 - 2015

Linda Janet Holmes oral histories of African-American midwives

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00672
Overview Linda Janet Holmes is a women's health researcher, writer, independent scholar, and activist. She is a research scientist for the New Jersey Department of Public Health, has served as executive director of the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Affairs, and a board member of the National Black Women's Health Project. This collection contains sixty oral history interviews (audio recordings) with African-American midwives who practiced in the southern United States, primarily...
Dates: 1980-2008

Loretta J. Ross papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00504
Overview Loretta J. Ross is a Reproductive Rights advocate, Civil Rights activist, feminist, women's health activist. Her papers contain speeches, writings, correspondence, organization and conference files, and audiovisual materials. The collection pertains primarily to Ross' activism for reproductive justice rights for women of color, anti-violence, international human rights work, and particularly to issues related black women's health. Other topics include abortion, women's health, teenage...
Dates: 1956 - 2014

Marcia Ann Gillespie papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00464
Overview Marcia Anne Gillespie was Editor in Chief of both Essence Magazine and Ms. Magazine and served as President of Liberty Media for Women, Inc. Her papers include faxes; memoranda; correspondence; electronic mail; magazines, videotapes, and books; pamphlets; reprints of paper and internet articles; typescripts of essays submitted to Ms.; faxes and photocopies of correspondence to and from Gloria Steinem; contracts, correspondence and memoranda re: Gillespie's...
Dates: 1987 - 2002

Marian Anderson papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00433
Overview Singer. This small collection of Marian Anderson's papers includes primarily keepsakes and correspondence sent to Anderson between 1944 and 1959. The keepsakes include newspaper clippings in several languages sent to her by fans, commemorative photographs and dedications made in her honor while on tour. The collection documents her wide range of interests and contributions to world peace and understanding.
Dates: 1944-1959

N. Beatrice Worthy papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00188
Overview Business executive; Researcher; Affirmative action coordinator. The papers include correspondence, employment applications, writings, and printed material relating to her professional activities with the National Industrial Conference Board, the Commerce and Industrial Association of New York, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T. Also included are writings, and an oral history interview in which she describes her experiences as an African American professional woman, circa 1950s to 70s.
Dates: 1954-1984

Nkenge Touré papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00563
Overview Political activist; Health reformer; Feminist; Civil rights activist. The papers consist of extensive files pertaining to Nkenge Touré's activism in health reform and civil and political rights for African American women. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the D.C. Rape Crisis Center are well-documented, as are many conferences and workshops in which Touré participated. Touré's international work in these fields is also represented, and there is a small amount of...
Dates: 1968-2014

Odile Sweeney papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00616
Overview YWCA worker. The Odile Sweeney Papers are almost exclusively related to her work with the Young Women's Christian Association and include correspondence, conference materials, financial records, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and reports. Included are materials from Sweeney's years working for the Student department and on the western region staff of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and a complete packet of preparatory materials for the National Conference of Black Women...
Dates: 1961-1982; Majority of material found in 1982

Overcoming barriers in education : an interview conducted by Gabrielle Morris in 1984 and 1985.

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00420
Overview Oral history interview (transcript) with teacher and administrator Ida Louise Jackson speaking of her background, family and early education as an african american in Mississippi and Louisiana; her experiences as an undergraduate at the University of California; founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha, in 1921 - the first sorority for black women in the western United States; and her teaching experiences in Oakland, CA.
Dates: 1984-1985

SisterLove records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00684
Overview At the time of its founding, SisterLove provided safe space for women, especially women of African descent, to confront the realities of living with the AIDS. Dázon Dixon Diallo initiated a collaboration with a local women's organization to improve access for all women and especially those of color. In 1987, the Women's AIDS Prevention Project (WAPP) was formed. In 1989, Ms. Diallo founded SisterLove Women's AIDS Project with the help of WAPP's Women of Color Advisory Board. The organization's...
Dates: 1986-2007

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00550
Overview Reproductive rights advocacy and healthcare reform organization. Conference materials, background information, and video recordings from the SisterSong National Membership Meetings.
Dates: 1994 - 2010

Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00679
Overview YWCA workers. Fourteen audiotaped interviews with women who were involved with the Student Young Women's Christian Association in the southeastern United States between 1920 and 1944 conducted by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton], 1981-82 as part her doctoral dissertation.
Dates: 1920-1944

Third World Women's Alliance records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00697
Overview Global women of color reproductive rights and social justice organization. TWWA broadened the scope of women's activism to address issues such as sterilization abuse, infant mortality, welfare rights, and low-wage work. The orientation of TWWA towards the "third world" brought the struggles, condition, and status of women in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to the forefront. The bulk of the records focus on the the West Coast and Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Chapters of the...
Dates: 1971-1980; Majority of material found within 1971-1977