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Violence Against Women Collection, 1967-1990
6 boxes (2.4 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 410

Abstract:
Collection documents efforts to draw attention to and provide resources and support for women victimized by violence. Topics include domestic violence, pornography, rape and sexual assault, shelters, counseling services, and legal support for victims. Materials include creative writing and personal stories, national legislation, reports, newsletters, and a variety of printed material.

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

The Violence Against Women Collection is comprised of four sections: Domestic violence, Pornography, Rape and sexual assault, and Newsletters. The materials in this collection document the activism of women and organizations that sought to draw attention to and provide resources and support for women victimized by types of violence that, prior to the Women's Liberation movements of the 1970s, were largely ignored in mainstream society. In addition to documenting the legislative and grassroots efforts to create and sustain shelters, counseling services, and legal support for victims of violence, many articles and portions of newsletters articulate a feminist theory that links the patriarchal structure of society to the perpetration of violence against women. The material in this collection dates from the 1970s to the 1990s.

"Stop Rape" handbook published by Women Against Rape, 1971

"Stop Rape" handbook published
by Women Against Rape, 1971

The domestic violence section of this collection consists of articles, creative writing and personal stories, newspaper clippings, national legislation, reports, and a variety of printed material. National efforts, such as the 1980 Domestic Violence Services and Prevention Act, and documents pertaining to local and non-profit initiatives demonstrate the complex relationship between grassroots activism and government intervention in providing adequate services for women and their children seeking to escape domestic violence. While many regions of the United States are represented, the material pertaining to New York state is especially rich. Of particular interest are the documents regarding the workings of the Department of Social Services, the New York legal system, and the local analysis of and response to the federal budget cuts made by the Reagan administration.

The pornography section of this collection is rather brief and contains articles, pamphlets, and printed material professing the view that sexually explicit material objectifies and dehumanizes women, thereby serving to normalize rape and other forms of sexual violence.

The rape and sexual assault portion of this collection contains articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other printed material. While many of the documents reflect the evolution of rape and sexual assault as an issue of concern in the mainstream culture, others illustrate the persistent denial of the problem and the low conviction rate of men accused of rape. Of particular interest are the newspaper clippings, correspondence, and position papers establishing a link between rape and racism.

The newsletters in this collection provide further insight into the ways in which violence against women was taken up as a cause in numerous localities and further documents the political struggles that occurred on the national level.


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:

Violence Against Women Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Multiple donors have contributed to this subject collection.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Jack Slowriver, 2001. 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
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE



General



Articles and papers,
1975-81, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-2
Bibliographies,
1974, 1977, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Booklets,
1977-80, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Creative writing/personal stories,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Newspaper clippings,
1974-82, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
National



Federal government



Department of Justice,
1980

Box 1: folder 7
Department of Labor, Women's Bureau,
1980

Box 1: folder 8
Legislation



Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Act,
1979-80, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Family Protection Act,
1981

Box 1: folder 10
State overview,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Organizations



Business and Professional Women's Foundation,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
National Center on Women and Family Law,
1981, n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
National Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence: papers,
1980, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
1980-81

Box 2: folder 4
Women's Equity Action League,
1978

Box 2: folder 5
Regional



East



General,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Massachusetts,
1980-82, 1989

Box 2: folder 7
New York



Battered husbands and abused children,
1981, n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Department of Social Services



General,
1979-80, n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Domestic violence program plan,
1979

Box 2: folder 10
Domestic violence services,
1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Westchester County,
1979-80, n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Federal budget cuts: information and local response,
1980-81, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence:



General,
1980-81, n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Report,
1980

Box 3: folder 3
Legal system



Criminal court,
1977-81, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Family court



General,
1978-81, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Report,
1981

Box 3: folder 6
Organizations and conferences



Proposal,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
1981-82, n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
New York State Coalition for Battered Women Planning Conference,
1978

Box 3: folder 9
United Way of Central New York,
1981

Box 3: folder 10
Volunteers Against Violence Technical Assistance Program,
1980

Box 3: folder 11
Reports



Existing Services to Battered Women and Their Families,
1979

Box 3: folder 12
Research on Service Delivery to Battered Women and Crime Victims,
1980

Box 3: folder 13
Battered Women,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1-2
Resources



Pamphlets,
circa 1978-81

Box 4: folder 3
Directories,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Midwest



General,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Indiana,
1980

Box 5: folder 2
Michigan



Reports,
1976, 1980

Box 5: folder 3
Training materials,
1980

Box 5: folder 4
Nebraska,
1978

Box 5: folder 5
West: General,
1981, n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
PORNOGRAPHY: general,
1980, n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Note:

[See also Periodicals]

RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT



General



Articles,
1967-86, n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
Bibliographies,
1979

Box 5: folder 9
Booklets,
1971, 1978-81

Box 5: folder 10
Creative writing/personal experiences,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 11
Newspaper clippings,
1971-81, n.d.

Box 5: folder 12
International tribunal on crimes against women,
1975, n.d.

Box 5: folder 13
Organizations



Feminist Alliance Against Rape (FAAR),
n.d.

Box 5: folder 14
Note:

[See also Periodicals]

Rape Crisis Centers,
1978, n.d.

Box 5: folder 15
Note:

[See also Women's Liberation Collection]

Miscellaneous,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 16
Racism,
1974-82, n.d.

Box 5: folder 17
NEWSLETTERS



Note:

[See also Periodicals]

Family Violence Bulletin,
1990

Box 6: folder 1
Kitty Genovese Women's Project,
1977

Box 6: folder 2
Majority Report


Box 6: folder 3
The MN Exchange,
1981-83

Box 6: folder 4
NCASA (National Coalition Against Sexual Assault),
1980

Box 6: folder 5
NCN (National Communications Network for the Elimination of Violence Against Women),
1978

Box 6: folder 6
National Technical Assistance Center on Family Violence Monthly Memo,
1979-81

Box 6: folder 7
The Shelter,
1983

Box 6: folder 8
Strategies,
1990

Box 6: folder 9
WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women),
n.d.

Box 6: folder 10
BOOKS ON SHELF



Moore, Donna M., ed. Battered Women (Beverly hills: Sage Publications,
1979)



Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abused women--Services for--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Family violence--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Pornography--Social aspects--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Rape--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women's shelters--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--Crimes against--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--Violence against--United States--History--20th century--Sources


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