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Miscellaneous Subjects Collection, 1856-2000
9 boxes; 12 volumes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 392

Abstract:
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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
"Godey's Fashions for June 1871" from A Century of Fashion by Ella Matson Andrews

"Godey's Fashions for June 1871" from
A Century of Fashion by Ella Matson Andrews

The Miscellaneous Subjects Collection consists of material from several disparate topical areas that were viewed as too small or too esoteric to constitute their own subject collections. Subjects include 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, socialism, taxation, tobacco, and witchcraft. The collection spans the period from 1856 to 1980. Types of material include articles, books, cassette tapes, correspondence, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, position papers, questionnaires, reports, memorabilia, and stamps. The costume files include a collection of early nineteenth century paper dolls and books on women's fashion. Other particularly interesting material includes documents relating to Mary Ware Dennett's approach to sex education for children and the obscenity charges she faced in 1929-30; the N.O.W. questionnaire on sexuality that Shere Hite used as the basis for her book on women's sexuality in the 1970s; and postage stamps featuring women.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Miscellaneous Subjects Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Katie Kowinski, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Aged and aging


Box 1: folder 1
Alcoholism


Box 1: folder 2
Anarchism



General


Box 1: folder 3
French


Box 1: folder 4
Censorship: material from Arizona Schools and State Board of Education
1967-68

Box 1: folder 5
Charity organizations


Box 1: folder 6
Citizenship



General


Box 1: folder 7
Citizenship case: Rebecca Shelly
1938

Box 1
Cartoons and comics: feminist and lesbian comic books
circa 1972-2006

Box 1a
Cookery



Miscellaneous


Box 2: folder 1
Mrs. Beeton's: articles


Box 2: folder 2
Salmon, Lucy M. (from Vassar Quarterly)
1926

Box 2: folder 3
Mrs. Winslow's Domestic Receipt Book for 1874
1873

Box 2: folder 3
Choice Recipes
1912

Box 2
Frigidaire Recipes
1928

Box 2
Mrs. A.L. Webster's Improved Housewife
1850

Box 2
Mrs. Beeton's Every Day Cookery
1907

Box 2
The American Housewife and Kitchen Directory
1869

Box 2
A Thousand Way to Please a Husband by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles Lecron

[See Books on Shelf]

1917


The Seducer's Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton

[See Books on Shelf]

1958


Costume



General


Box 3: folder 1


Box 3: folder 2
Mini-Midi-Maxi (skirts)


Box 3: folder 3
Dress Reform


Box 3: folder 4
Our Grandmother's Gowns by Mrs. Alfred W Hunt
1884

Box 3
A Century of Fashion by Ella Matson Andrews [oversize]
1909

Box 3a
Paper dolls, circa early [oversize box]
1900s

Box 3b
Costumes and Styles by Henny Harald Hansen

[See Books on Shelf]

1956


Eleanor King's Guide to Glamour

[See Books on Shelf]

1957


ABC of Millinery by Mme. Eva Ritcher

[See Books on Shelf]

1950


400 Outstanding Women of the World and Costumology of Their Lifetime by Minna Schmidt

[See Books on Shelf]

1933


Women's Shoes in America: 1795-1930 by Nancy Rexford

[See Books on Shelf]

2000


Fascism


Box 4: folder 1
Friendship



General


Box 4: folder 2
The Friendship of Women by William Rounseville Alger

[See Books on Shelf]

1872

Box 4
Girls



Brooks, Elbridge Streeter. Historic Girls: Stories of Girls Who Have Influenced the History of Their Times

[See Books on Shelf]

1890


Leaders of Girls by Clara Ewing Espey

[See Books on Shelf]

1915

Box 4
Girl Life in America by Henrietta R. Walter
1927

Box 4: folder 2a
Jury duty


Box 4: folder 3
Literature, women in


Box 4: folder 4
Nazism



General


Box 4: folder 5
Letter from William E. Dodd to U.S. Secretary of State (on the position of women under Hitler)
1934

Box 4: folder 6
Physically handicapped



General


Box 4: folder 7
Keller, Helen



General


Box 4: folder 8
"Commemorating the Harvard Final Exam for Admission to Radcliffe College": souvenir
1899

Box 4
Postage stamps



General


Box 4: folder 9
Women on Stamps: pamphlet
1995

Box 4: folder 9
Commemorative stamps and envelopes


Box 4: folder 10
Foreign


Box 4: folder 11
Recovery (from abuse or addiction): Women's Recovery Network Newsletter
1992

Box 5: folder 1
Rural women


Box 5: folder 2
Sex



General


Box 5: folder 3
Sex Education in the Schools by Dr. Gordon V. Drake (pamphlet)
1968

Box 5: folder 3a
Mary Ware Dennett



The Sex Side of Life: An Explanation for Young People by Mary Ware Dennett
1928

Box 5: folder 4
Clippings and correspondence between Dennett and Alice Park; Dennett and Margaret Sanger
1925-31

Box 5: folder 4
Factors in the Sex Life of 2200 Women by Katharine Bement Davis

[See Books on Shelf]

1929


A Marriage Manual by Hannah and Abraham Stone (2 editions)

[See Books on Shelf]

1935 and 1953


The Sexual Responsibility of Women by Maxine Davis

[See Books on Shelf]

1956


Sexual Reform Congress by Norman Haire

[See Books on Shelf]

1930


Sexual harassment


Box 5: folder 5
Sexuality, female



General


Box 5: folder 6
N.O.W. questionnaire


Box 5: folder 7
Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)


Box 5: folder 8
On Women by Clare M. Thompson

[See Books on Shelf]

1964

Box 5
Single women



General


Box 5: folder 9
Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis

[See Books on Shelf]

1930

Box 5
Reflections of a Bachelor Girl by Helen Rowland

[See Books on Shelf]

1909

Box 5
Taxation



Bowditch, William I., Taxation of Women in Massachusetts
1875

Box 5: folder 10
Smith, Julia E., Abby Smith and her Cows [re: Suffrage and tax]
1877

Box 5: folder 11
Tobacco: effects on women


Box 5: folder 12
OVERSIZE MATERIALS (Flat file)



Sheet music: "The Bloomer's Complaint: a very pathetic song for the piano forte" (Philadelphia, A. Fiot, and New York, Hall & Son
1851

Flat file
BOOKS ON SHELF [also listed under subjects above]



Alger, William Rounseville, The Friendship of Women
1872


Andrews, Ella Matson, A Century of Fashion
1909


Brooks, Elbridge Streeter. Historic Girls: Stories of Girls Who Have Influenced the History of Their Times
1890


Davis, Katharine Bement, Factors in the Sex Life of 2200 Women
1929


Davis, Maxine, The Sexual Responsibility of Women
1956


Eleanor King's Guide to Glamour
1957


Espey, Clara Ewing, Leaders of Girls
1915


Haire, Norman, Sexual Reform Congress
1930


Hansen, Henny Harald, Costumes and Styles
1956


Hillis, Marjorie, Live Alone and Like It
1930


New England Historical Series, The Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692
1971


Rexford, Nancy, Women's Shoes in America: 1795-1930
2000


Ritcher, Mme. Eva, ABC of Millinery
1950


Rowland, Helen, Reflections of a Bachelor Girl
1909


Schmidt, Minna, 400 Outstanding Women of the World and Costumology of Their Lifetime
1933


Sheraton, Mimi, The Seducer's Cookbook
1958


Stone, Hannah and Abraham, A Marriage Manual (Two editions)
1935, 1953


Thompson, Clare M, On Women
1964


Weaver, Louise Bennett and Helen Cowles Lecron, A Thousand Way to Please a Husband
1917



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Subjects
  • Aged women--History--Sources
  • Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947
  • Fashion--History--19th century--Sources
  • Fashion--History--20th century--Sources
  • Female friendship--History
  • Girls--History--Sources
  • Handicapped women--History--Sources
  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
  • Postage stamps
  • Rural women--History--Sources
  • Sex instruction--History--Sources
  • Single women--History--Sources
  • Socialism--History--Sources
  • Witchcraft--History--Sources
  • Women anarchists--History--Sources
  • Women--Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Women--Sexual behavior--History--Sources
  • Women--Taxation--United States--History--Sources

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection


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