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Prostitution Collection, 1834-1984
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 425

Abstract:
Collection consists almost entirely of printed materials, also includes handbills, reports, speeches, trial transcripts, a Smith College course syllabus and unpublished paper, and an audiotape of The Dick Cavett Show on the legalization of prostitution. Focus on the United States and England, some items on Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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
First Annual Report of the Female Benevolent Society of the City of New York, 1834

First Annual Report of the Female Benevolent
Society of the City of New York, 1834

The Prostitution Collection consists almost entirely of printed materials such as newspaper clippings, articles, and pamphlets dating from 1834 to 1984. Most of the material pertains to the United States and England, though a few items focus on Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The nineteenth century material in this collection is limited, including the first annual report of the Female Benevolent Society of New York (1834); pamphlets on the "The Legislation of Female Slavery in England" by Annie Besant (1876) and "The Social Evil in Philadelphia" by Reverend Frank Goodchild (1896). Also included are two books on trafficking of young girls written in 1899 and 1910. The bulk of the collection dates from 1900 to 1978 and includes articles, handbills, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, speeches, trial transcripts, a Smith College course syllabus and unpublished paper, and an audiotape of The Dick Cavett Show on the legalization of prostitution (1972). This material documents the changing relationships among prostitutes, the police, social and legal reformers, and the public over the course of this period. The impacts of the sexual revolution and the women's movement on attitudes about prostitution is particularly well-documented by the large number of newspaper clippings and articles from the 1960s and 1970s contained in the collection. This material sheds light on the lives and experiences of prostitutes.


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:

Prostitution Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

This collection includes an audiotape.

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 and may not be reflected in this finding aid.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Katie Kowinski, student assistant. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Updated 2006 and 2015.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
General,
1877-1978

Box 1: folder 1-6
Dick Cavett Show on the legalization of prostitution: audiotape,
November 3, 1972

Box 1: folder 7
England


Box 1
General,
1876-1972, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Butler, Josephine


Box 1
General,
1928-49, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Josephine Butler: Her Work and Principles and Their Meaning for the Twentieth Century by Millicent Fawcett and E.M. Turner,
1927

Box 1: folder 10
Female Sexual Slavery and Economic Exploitation: Making Local and Global Connections: report of a consultation organized by the U.N. Non-Governmental Liaison Service, San Francisco,
25 Oct 1984

Box 1: folder 11
Organizations



General


Box 1: folder 12
Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, London,
circa 1927-55

Box 1: folder 13
Female Benevolent Society of the City of New York: first annual report,
1834

Box 1: folder 14
Smith College: student initiated course,
1973

Box 1: folder 15
United States vs. Corinne Smith; and United States vs. Demetria Moses: opinion,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Bell, Ernest A. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls, or War on the White Slave Trade, abridged version,
1910

Box 2
Edholm, Charlton. Traffic in Girls and the Work of Rescue Missions,
1899

Box 2
Greer, J. H., The Social Evil and the Remedy,
n.d.

Box 2
Lowry, E.B. False Modesty That Protects Vice by Ignorance,
1914

Box 2
Millett, Kate. The Prostitution Papers: A Candid Dialogue,
1973

Box 2
Pankhurst, Christabel. The Great Scourge and How to End It,
1913

Box 2
She Wasn't Ashamed: The Autobiography of an Indian Prostitute,
1942

Box 2
Slade, Caroline. Sterile Sun,
1936

Box 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Besant, Annie Wood, 1847-1933
  • Butler, Josephine Elizabeth Grey, 1828-1906
  • Prostitution--History--Sources
  • Prostitution--Laws and legislation

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection


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