This category covers collections that document the experience of old women, including papers of older women and records of advocacy groups for older women.
Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:
Carol Waldron (1925-2007) was a mother of four who divorced her husband, became self-sufficient, and was active in the Lexington, Massachusetts branch of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1970s. She was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1966. This collection consists primarily of her personal diaries, which are extraordinary both for their completeness and their candor about Waldron's life and feelings.
This collection exists because Rebecca Winborn was motivated by a desire to incorporate elder women into a "working, living archive" of their generational experiences. It includes interview transcripts, audio recordings (in the form of one cassette tape, twelve CDs, and digital files), photographs of all participants, and, in the case of one participant who passed away before the end of the project, materials from a funeral and correspondence with the family.
Volunteer; Hospital volunteer; Animal welfare advocate. Papers consist primarily of diaries which she began in 1971, the same year her husband retired, to "record what it was like to grow old and die in Northampton." There are some gaps in the diaries, which are quite detailed, introspective, and reflective of the people and goings on in Holden's life. Three spiralbound volumes of course notes, and a few miscellanous fragments, are also included.
Includes small amounts of mostly printed material on subjects related to women, including aging and aged women, alcoholism, anarchism, costume, fascism, friendship, girls, Nazism, physically handicapped women, postage stamps, rural women, sex, sex education, female sexuality, single women, taxation, tobacco, and witchcraft. Material includes printed material, books, cassette tapes, correspondence, position papers, questionnaires, reports, memorabilia, and stamps.
The project, begun by Arden Eversmeyer in 1997, continues to collect the life stories of lesbians 70 and older from around the country. The collection includes full transcripts and audio recordings (tapes and digital files); plus related correspondence, releases, and photographs (primarily color photocopies). Some interviewee files contain additional biographical material, writings, speeches, and memorabilia.
Farmer, Homemaker, amateur artist. The bulk of the collection consists of fifty-eight volumes of personal diaries, beginning in 1930 at age 19 and ending in 2002. Subjects include local history of Whately, Massachusetts, women's daily life and connections, marriage, and farm life. Supplementing the diaries is a self-published memoir of her life, correspondence with her son, and material documenting her artwork.