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New Collections and Online Resources

New Acquisitions

Here are a few of the many exciting new collections we've received within the past year:

Virginia Apuzzo (1941-), Catholic nun; Lesbian activist; AIDS activist; Director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Papers: 15 linear ft., 1956-2012. Working with the then-named National Gay Task Force Apuzzo worked to have a gay and lesbian plank included in the 1976 Democratic Party platform. Subsequently, she became the Director of the Task Force, directing much of her attention to the AIDS crisis. The Papers document the burgeoning AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the political response, as well as the growing visibility of the gay and lesbian rights movement, personified by one woman's rise in relative political power from Albany State House to the White House as Assistant to thePresident for Administration and Management under President Clinton, making her the highest ranking out lesbian in national government office to date.
Rosario Morales (1930-2011), Author; Poet; Communist.
Papers: 3.75 linear ft., circa 1980-2011. Author; Poet; Communist. The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Morales joined the Communist Party in 1949 and in 1951 moved to Puerto Rico with her husband where they became active in the Puerto Rican Communist Party and the Fellowship of Reconciliation while working a small farm in the mountains. After returning to the U.S. Morales became active in the women's movement in the late 1960s and her writings appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She contributed to the groundbreaking book, This Bridge Called My Back, a collection of writings by feminist women of color. The Papers document her life as an author, poet, feminist, and activist. Her writings are primarily autobiographical, focusing on her identity as a Puerto Rican feminist and underscore the importance of intersectionality in the feminist movement. Other topics covered include communism/Marxism, Cuba and the Cuban blockade, and feminist theory.

Susan Rosenberg Papers (1955-), Author; Poet; Political activist; Prison reformer; Educator.
Papers: 14 linear ft., 1966-2002. In the early 1980s Rosenberg she worked as a drug counselor in Harlem and was active in the New Afrikan and Puerto Rican independence movements and the May 19 Communist Organization. In 1984 she was imprisoned for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, sentenced to fifty-eight years in jail. Many felt the long sentence was due to her political beliefs. She served sixteen years before President Bill Clinton pardoned her in 2001. While in prison she earned a Master's degree; wrote and published her poetry and essays; taught courses on Black history to other inmates; worked as an AIDS activist; and was an advocate for humane treatment of prisoners, in particular, female inmates. Her memoir An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in my Own Country was published in 2011. Her papers are primarily associated with her time in prison and include correspondence, photographs, writings, including her Master's thesis, and syllabi for prison courses she taught. Of particular interest are journals she kept while in prison. There is also printed material on the American prison system, political prisoners, and women in prison.

flier from TWWA records
Flier from TWWA Records, 1980

Third World Women's Alliance (TWWA), International women of color grassroots network
Records: 3.5 linear ft., 1971-1980. The TWWA was one of several organizations formed by women of color in the late 1960s and early 1970s as responses to the essentialist theories of the early feminist movement. 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.

Note: although these collections are open to research, they have not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Also, access to some materials may not be immediate. For collections housed in remote storage we require 48 hours advance notice of your visit. For more information see Access to Collections


Newly processed collections, now open for research

Adamson, Rebecca
Rebecca Adamson's Papers are primarily related to her professional and public life, dating from 1979 to 2007. The bulk of the papers date from 1982 to 2007 and focus on two organizations founded by Adamson, First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) and First Peoples Worldwide (FPW). There is little personal material. Major topics found throughout these papers include American Indians, indigenous people, and economic development.

Rep. Edith Green, Jeanne L. Noble, and Ladybird Johnson, July 30, 1964.
Rep. Edith Green, Jeanne L. Noble, and Ladybird Johnson, July 30, 1964.
Curtis, Harriet
1840s New England mill worker (see also news article about Curtis papers)

Noble, Jeanne L.
Professor, author. The Jeanne L. Noble Papers consist of 15.5 linear ft. dating from 1955 to 2002 and are primarily 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 drafts and typescripts for her book, Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters: A History of the Black Woman in America (1978). There is little personal material.

National Welfare Rights Organization poster or flyer (color transparency), undated
National Welfare Rights Organization poster or flyer (color transparency), undated.

West, Guida
Political sociologist, Political activist, Researcher, Author. The bulk of the papers date from 1962 to 2006 and focus on West's activism, research, professional activities, speeches, and writings related to welfare rights and economic justice. Because the subject of West's research was the structure and strategies of local, regional, and national welfare rights organizations and their supporting Friends organizations, she assembled all of the documentation she could obtain, subscribed to many mailing lists, and kept very detailed notes on conversations, meetings, public events, and conferences. Her extensive working files are a treasure trove of information about individuals and organizations working for civil rights, welfare rights, and related social movements from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Her notes on conversations and annotations on meeting minutes provide a behind-the-scenes "you were there" sense of events as they unfolded with after-the-fact analysis supplied by files related to her speeches and writings. Extensive files on leaders in the welfare rights movement include tape recorded and transcribed interviews done in the mid-1970s and mid-1980s.

National Women's Health Network
Non-profit women's health advocacy organization

New Online Resources

The following Subject Guides have recently been added to our website:

Madame Tso, Grace Coppock, and Ingeborg Wikenden, YWCA of China
Madame Tso, Grace Coppock, and Ingeborg Wikenden, YWCA of China

 bullet Africa

 bullet China

 bullet Violence Against Women

 bullet Environmental, Anti-Nuclear and
    Animal Rights Activists

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