Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope 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 48 Collections and/or Records:
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 Batya Bauman is an animal welfare advocate; ecofeminist; feminist; lesbian activist; editor and writer. Her papers consist of biographical information and documents pertaining to Bauman's early life, her feminist lecture businesses, and activism in the realms of lesbian feminism, Jewish feminism, and animal rights. Materials include writings, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, memoranda, articles, photographs, newsletters, personal calendars, and memorabilia. There are also clippings,...
Dates of Materials: 1947 - 2006
Overview Author; Teacher; Lyricist. Papers consist of files pertaining to Kaufman's activities as a high school teacher, author, lecturer and public speaker; to her travels in Russia, where there has been an abiding interest in her grandfather, the author Sholom Alacheim; and to translations of her books into the Russian language. Materials relating to her written works include manuscripts, correspondence, contracts, and notes on Kaufman's published books Up the Down...
Dates of Materials: 1911 - 2010
Overview Carolyn Gold Heilbrun was born 13 January, 1926. She was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 1960-1992, specializing in British Modernism, and published more than a dozen mystery novels under the pseudonym Amanda Cross, plus nine scholarly books. Her papers include personal correspondence and professional papers, including writings (published and unpublished), research files, teaching material, speeches and professional activities. The collection also...
Dates of Materials: 1945 - 2003
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Author; Feminist. The Papers document Konecky's literary career including manuscripts and drafts of early writings and published works; correspondence related to her publications and fan mail; book reviews; and publicity. There is little personal material. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Dates of Materials: 1957-2011
Overview Editor; Special education activist; Secretary; Volunteer. The papers consist of diaries that span the years from 1930-94 (early diaries include material from her Smith College days) and Touch Toy company's semi-annual newsletters from the years 1977-97.
Dates of Materials: 1930-2002
Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630044419]
Overview The collection contains the papers for Russian American anarchist Emma Goldman, including typed letters and fragments to friends, printed speeches, and pamphlets on anarchism and prison experiences.
Dates of Materials: 1911 - 1936
Overview Esther Rothblum is a scholar who championed the growing fields of LGBT Studies and Fat Studies. She is currently a professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, where she also oversees programs in LGBT Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Rothblum received her B.A. from Smith College in 1976, and completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale with a focus in psycho-social epidemiology. Although...
Dates of Materials: 1954 - 2016
File — Box 26: [Barcode: 310183630031655]
Scope and Contents In this oral history Eva Kollisch describes her childhood in an upper-class Austrian Jewish family and her experiences as a young adult refugee in World War II-era New York City. The interview focuses on her socialist activism in the 1940s, her life as a bohemian wife and mother during the 1950s, her political reawakening in the 1960s, her personal and professional experiences as a feminist and lesbian professor at Sarah Lawrence College, and her participation in the peace movement, the...
Dates of Materials: February 16-17, 2004
Overview Eva Berliner Kollisch (1925-) is an author and activist. She taught at Sarah Lawrence for thirty years, during which time she and Gerda Lerner and Joan Kelly created the Women's Studies Program. A significant portion of the collection pertains to Kollisch's years of teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as to the writing and publication of her book, Girl in Movement: A Memoir(2002). Kollisch's interest in and involvement with several peace, disarmament,...
Dates of Materials: 1942 - 2013
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Activist; Educator. The papers of an activist who fought for peace, gay rights and an end to classism. include correspondence, research, lecture notes, published work, program files, organizational records, newspaper and magazine articles, email, photographs, films, and computer files. Especially well-documented is Yeskel's work to end homophobia and classism. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Dates of Materials: 1953 - 2010
Overview Physician; Professor; and Public health specialist. Papers consist of notes, awards, citations, photographs, printed material, photographs, and memorabilia and include both professional and personal material. Also correspondence with family and friends, especially colleagues in medicine, research, and education; and a voluminous file of letters with her sister.
Dates of Materials: 1872-1985
Overview Public relations specialist; executive secretary; Director, Meals for Millions; birth control activist; and lobbyist. Major subjects reflected in the Rose papers include the birth control movement in the U.S., relations between African-Americans and Planned Parenthood, the politics of American hunger relief and prevention efforts in developing countries, and the life and legacy of Margaret Sanger. Individuals represented in the papers include Margaret Sanger, Pearl S. Buck, Havelock Ellis,...
Dates of Materials: 1832 - 1970; Majority of material found within 1920-1969
Overview Social worker; Public health specialist; Broadcast journalist; Radio producer. Papers consist of audio CDs, transcriptions, and research materials pertaining to "Voices of HIV", a five-part radio series produced by Francesca Rheannon and Luis Melendez for WFCR 88.5 (Amherst, Mass.), 2006. The bilingual radio project that looks at how HIV and AIDS are affecting the Latino communities of Western New England and includes interviews with Latino/a men and women infected with HIV/AIDS. Audio CDs of...
Dates of Materials: 2001-2006 (ongoing)
Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630386489]
Overview Oral history transcript of Regina Berger Lederer, a soprano soloist with the Vienna Opera who fled Vienna in 1939, after the Nazi invasion. She resumed her singing career in New York City and later worked for a knitting firm. Includes biographical notes, obituary, eulogies, and photocopies of photographs.
Dates of Materials: 1984
Overview Artist; Author. Material relating to her books: Daughters from Afar: Profiles of Israeli Women (1958) and Israeli Women Speak Out (1979), including correspondence, proposals, research materials, draft manuscripts, photographs; and interviews made for Israeli Women Speak Out.
Dates of Materials: 1949-1987
Overview Journalist; feminist; political activist; co-founder, Ms magazine; co-founder, Women's Action Alliance; co-founder, Ms Foundation for Women; and co-founder, National Women's Political Caucus. In addition to providing a complete picture of the life of an important feminist leader, the Gloria Steinem Papers document women at the grassroots level of the feminist movement, whose letters to Steinem demonstrate her role as a symbol of the changes they were experiencing in...
Dates of Materials: 1940 - 2011
Overview Lawyer; birth control advocate; and abortion rights advocate. The Harriet F. Pilpel Papers are primarily related to her professional work with sexual and reproductive rights. The collection is essentially Pilpel's reference files, and is primarily composed of court documents from various legal cases on the state and federal level. The papers allow for a comprehensive, state-to-state comparison of a variety of sexual and reproductive laws, and provides a sense of the debates going on in...
Dates of Materials: 1913-1981
Overview Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz is a professor emerita of History and American Studies at Smith College and a writer, whose research ranges over a number of areas: urban life, cultural philanthropy, women, higher education, biography, sexuality, sexual representation, censorship, intimate life, understandings of health and illness, understanding of the landscape, and tourism. Papers include writings by Horowitz, correspondence, and materials pertaining to published books, teaching, and professional...
Dates of Materials: 1908 - 2016
Overview Lawyer; Judge; Founder, NY Women's Bar Association. Papers consist of correspondence, campaign records, legal documents, biographical materials, newspaper clippings and photographs documenting Schwart's public career and legal work in New York City. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.
Dates of Materials: 1930-1994
Overview Journalist; Poet; Playwright. Papers include articles, photographs, and correspondence from Havelock Ellis, Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Agnes Smedley, Fannie Hurst, Roger Baldwin, and Max Eastman, among others.
Dates of Materials: 1860s-1958
Overview Legislative aide, White House attorney, Lawyer, Legislator. Papers primarily document Harman's first three terms as a U.S. Representative from the 36th district of California. Types of materials include correspondence, reports and research materials, speeches, journal and newspaper articles, press releases, photographs, and video and audio tapes. Major topics include national defense and the military (including women in the armed forces), the environment, space and technology,...
Dates of Materials: 1960 - 2011
Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630442407]
Overview The collection contains the records of Jewish Women Watching, a women's rights activist organization that seeks, according to its mission statement, "to challenge and change sexist and oppressive practices in the Jewish community."
Dates of Materials: 1995 - 2010
Overview Joan E. Biren, known as JEB, is a filmmaker, photographer, and lesbian activist who has been professionally known for documenting lesbian lives and communities since the 1970s. She became particularly well known in the 1980s for her slideshow and historical lecture affectionately known as The Dyke Show, with which she toured extensively. This collection includes JEB’s personal and professional records, and is rich in documentation of her photography and...
Dates of Materials: 1944-2019
Overview Judith Plaskow was born in Brooklyn, NY. Her scholarly interests focus on contemporary religious thought with a specialization in Jewish feminist theology. She lectures frequently, and publishes in a wide range of scholarly journals. Her papers include published and unpublished writings and lectures by Plaskow and related correspondence, teaching syllabi and notes, personal correspondence, organization papers, religion and feminism conference materials, articles relating to the work life of...
Dates of Materials: 1958 - 2017
Overview Opera singer and teacher. Raskin made her professional debut on both the stage and television, specializing in Schubert, Mozart, Lieder and Yiddish songs. The bulk of the Raskin papers focus on her professional life, and include publicity, reviews, programs, and taped recordings of performances. Personal materials include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and diaries, primarily from her years as a student at Smith College. Notable correspondents include Beverly Sills, Eugene Ormandy, and...
Dates of Materials: 1911 - 2000
Overview President, National Council of Jewish Women; President, New York Council of Jewish Women; Civic leader. Papers include memorabilia, minutes, news clippings, reports, speech texts, and high school yearbook. Bulk of material dates from 1941-57 and consists of notes and texts of speeches given by Engel and material related to her tenure as President of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Dates of Materials: 1916-1957
Overview The collection has personal and professional papers of Lauren Taylor. The papers include the 1979 founding of My Sister's Place and the organizing of the city's first Take Back the Night march. The material also reflects the rise of the feminist self-defense movement, including Taylor's self-defense organization, Defend Yourself.
Dates of Materials: 1967-2012
Overview Lesléa Newman is an American author and editor whose writing explores lesbian, feminist, and Jewish themes and their intersection. The collection contains materials documenting her professional career as a writer, speaker, and teacher, including drafts of writing, correspondence, speeches, and audiovisual material.
Dates of Materials: 1970 - 2016