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Miscellaneous Organizations Collection, circa 1824-2000
35 boxes; 12 volumes; films (15.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 482

Abstract:
This collection contains small amounts of primarily printed materials on women's professional, social, political, charitable, and patriotic organizations. Also included are women's rights groups and organizations for consumer advocacy, ethnic and racial equality, community service, civic improvement, social welfare, labor advocacy, war relief, and animal rights. National and local organizations in the U.S. are represented, as well as other countries, especially Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, and South Africa. Types of materials include articles, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, reports, minutes, conference proceedings, brochures, newspaper clippings, histories, memorabilia, and books, plus small amounts of original correspondence, writings, and photographs.

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:

Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property. The copyright holder for these materials is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes small amounts of material by and about women dating from the early 19th century to the present. The myriad of organizations represented include women's professional, social, political, charitable, and patriotic organizations, as well as women's rights groups and organizations for consumer advocacy, ethnic and racial equality, community service, civic improvement, social welfare, labor advocacy, war relief, and animal rights. The collection is arranged in two series: NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS and INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. The National Organizations are arranged by country or region, the United States constituting the largest section. Other countries that are prominently represented include Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, and South Africa. The organizations are primarily national in scope although there are some local organizations documented as well. Types of materials include articles, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, reports, minutes, conference proceedings, brochures, leaflets, newspaper clippings, histories, memorabilia, books, fliers, directories, and small amounts of original correspondence, memoranda, unpublished writings, photographs, and six film reels. Some materials are in languages other than English.

U.S. organizations include the American Women's Association, Association for the Advancement of Women, National Consumers League, National Council of Negro Women, Girl Scouts, National Woman's Party, Sigma Delta Epsilon (Graduate Women in Science), and the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. Individuals represented in the collection include Ethel Andrus (American Association of Retired Persons) and Susan Paul Vashon (Missouri Federation of Colored Women). Some of the more obscure organizations found in the collection include the Temporary Asylum for Discharged Female Prisoners (1875); Massachusetts Home for Intemperate Women (1892); and the Women's Patriotic Association for Diminishing The Use of Imported Luxuries (1864).

Some of the organizations that are well-represented under other countries include Black Sash (South Africa), the Young Women's Christian Association (in various countries), Women's Culture Club (Thailand), Lanka Mahila Samiti (Ceylon), Buro fur Frauenfragen (Germany), All Pakistan Women's Association, and the Fawcett Society (England). There is also a series of reports entitled "Derechos Civiles y Politicos de la Mujer" related to women in several South American countries (in Spanish).

SERIES II. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS includes women's organizations and congresses that are international in scope and purpose. Topics include women's rights, peace, professional women networks, economic development, international law, and international cooperation. Organizations include the Associated Country Women of the World, International Federation of University Women, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the World YWCA. A large section documents the United Nations' activities relating to women, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, International Women's Year, the Decade for Women, and various reports on the status of women around the world.

This collection is organized into two series:


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:

Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property. The copyright holder for these materials is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

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

Miscellaneous Organizations 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 are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2003 by Jennifer Smar, intern.


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

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English and Japanese