Newly processed collections, now open for research
- Nkenge Touré Papers, 5.25 linear ft., 1968-2014.
- 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 material about the Black Panthers. Recordings of Touré's radio program, In Our Voices, are also included.
Nkenge Touré at Smith College Commencement Honorary Degree Dinner for Loretta Ross.
Photo by Joyce Follet
- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey Papers, 48.25 linear ft., 1915-2005.
- Author. This collection is comprised of materials relating to the personal and professional life of Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author of Cheaper by the Dozen, Belles on their Toes, and other novels. Carey was a fervent supporter of public libraries, active in the anti-censorship group, Right to Read, Inc., and a Smith College trustee from 1967 to 1972.
- Tinúviel Papers, 7 linear ft., 1988-2005.
- Music producer; Feminist; Peace activist; Artist. Tinúviel was co-founder of the groundbreaking record label Kill Rock Stars, in Olympia, WA, and later the all-girl record label, Villa Villakula. The papers include materials pertaining to Tinúviel's feminist music recording and distribution company; recordings by girls and women; newspapers, magazines, zines, correspondence, and writings.
- Moon Journal Records, 1.25 linear ft., 1995-2015.
- Moon Journal grew out of monthly poetry readings at the Prarie Moon Feminist Books and Women Friendly Space in Arlington Heights, Illinois. This collection is comprised of periodicals and chapbooks published by Moon Journal Press, as well as "herstorical" material, ephemera, and photographs.
Some of the collections recently acquired by the Sophia Smith Collection:
- Theresa Carr Papers, 42.25 linear ft., 1953-2014.
- Antinuclear activist, Labor organizer, Carpenter, Lesbian activist, Naturalist, Poet, Political activist, Photographer. Papers include correspondence, journals, poetry, and photographs reflecting Carr's personal relations both in the United States and Germany. Also, there is a significant amount of material reflecting her decades of political activism, including minutes, pamphlets, fliers, photographs, and organizational records. Also included is a significant amount of personal papers, political materials, and photographs related to Carr's long time lover, Alessandra Nichols.
- Nanette Gartrell Papers, 3 linear ft., 1949-2015 (ongoing)
- Psychiatrist, Researcher, Lesbian acitivist, Author. The papers document her professional and personal life. They include correspondence, clippings, lectures, publications, conference materials, transcripts, audio cassettes, DVDs, and/or raw data concerning Gartrell's advocacy for women;s rights and LGBT people within the American Psychiatric Association; educational programs to promote nonhomophobic healthcare at Harvard Medical School; conference organizing for, and plenaries at, the lesbian physicians' conference, Women in Medicine; resistance to the APA's efforts to obstruct her studies on sexually abusive psychiatrists; studies of sexual abuse by psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, internists, OB/GYNs, surgeons, and family practitioners; ongoing lesbian family study; and lifelong relationship with Dee (Diane) Mosbacher (whose papers are also in the SSC).
- Diana Russell Papers, 16 linear ft., 1978-2006 (ongoing)
- Feminist, Professor, Psychologist, Social science researcher, Women's rights activist. The papers consist primarily of "930 completed interview schedules about women's experiences of rape, incest, extrafamilial child sexual abuse, etc." done in 1978 under the direction of Russell at the Institute for Social Analysis, the results formed the core material for her 1986 publication, The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women. Interviewee names and identifying information are not included in the schedules. A small amount of biographical material about Diana Russell is included.
- Myra Shapiro Papers, 16.25 linear ft., 1948-2015 (ongoing)
- Poet, Author, Writer, Teacher, English, Librarian. Papers include correspondence, emails, diaries/journals, writings, both prose and poetry, both published and unpublished, course work, workshop materials, and photographs. Shapiro's works include her collection of poetry, I'll see you Thursday (1996); her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming a Poet in New York (2007); the chapbook In Greenwich Village We Talk of Love; and another collection of poems, 12 Floors Above the Earth (2012).
Note: although these new 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
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