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Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, 1990-2006
78 boxes (30.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 535

Abstract:
Oral History Project documenting the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States. Narrators include labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders. Interviews cover childhood, personal life, and political work. Most oral histories consist of audiovisual recordings and transcripts, plus some background information.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The oral histories are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions:

  • Small portions of the following interviews are closed and have been removed from the transcripts: Kathleen Casavant, Katsi Cook, Loretta Ross, Graciela Sanchez, and Miriam Schneir.
  • Researchers must have permission from the narrator to access these interviews: Brenda Berkman, Jan Peterson, Maura Russell.
  • Kathleen Casavant's interview transcript not available online. Researchers may contact the SSC for a copy.
  • Lora Jo Foo has decided to decline all requests for access from researchers until the material is fully open to research on January 1, 2020.
  • Original audiovisual recordings are closed for preservation purposes. In-house use copies are available for most interviews.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to all of the oral histories except for these narrators who have retained copyright:

  • Dolores Alexander
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Dorothy Allison and Carmen Vazquez (joint interview)
  • Lora Foo
  • Ronnie Gilbert
  • Cherríe Moraga
  • Suzanne Pharr
  • Minnie Bruce Pratt
  • Meredith Tax
Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Requests for permission to publish quotations should be addressed to the Sophia Smith Collection and should include identification of the specific passages to be quoted, anticipated use of the passages, and identification of the user. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Project History
Joyce Follet interviewing Katsi Cook for theVoices of Feminism Oral History Project, 2010

Joyce Follet interviewing Katsi Cook for the
Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, 2010

The Voices of Feminism Archival Development Project, funded by the Ford Foundation from 2002 to 2008, aims to bring race, class, and sexual diversity to the holdings of the Sophia Smith Collection. The project consists of several parts: a) searching for personal papers and organizational records of women of color, grassroots organizers, and others marginalized in traditional historical accounts, b) conducting oral histories, c) collaborating with Gloria Steinem as she works in her own papers and identifies potential donors, and d) developing plans for a video documentary series based on these new materials. Project staff have included Joyce Follet, director and oral historian; Kelly Anderson, oral historian; Sheila Flaherty-Jones, editor; Kathleen Banks Nutter, oral historian; Loretta Ross, consultant and oral historian; Revan Schendler, consultant and editor; Kate Weigand, oral historian. Interviews were also conducted by Martha Ackelsberg, Nancy MacLean, and Evelyn C. White.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Voices of Feminism Oral History Project documents the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century. Narrators include labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders. Interviews average 5-6 hours and cover childhood, personal life, and political work.

Each narrator's document box includes the recorded interview (on dvds or video tapes, plus audio CDs); the unedited and edited transcripts; correspondence between interviewer and narrator; a biographical survey; and the interviewer's guide. Some narrators' files include background materials and photographs.

Links to the full transcripts can be found in the Contents list. The SSC Web site also includes brief biographies and abstracts of interviews.

List of narrators:


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

The oral histories are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions:

  • Small portions of the following interviews are closed and have been removed from the transcripts: Kathleen Casavant, Katsi Cook, Loretta Ross, Graciela Sanchez, and Miriam Schneir.
  • Researchers must have permission from the narrator to access these interviews: Brenda Berkman, Jan Peterson, Maura Russell.
  • Kathleen Casavant's interview transcript not available online. Researchers may contact the SSC for a copy.
  • Lora Jo Foo has decided to decline all requests for access from researchers until the material is fully open to research on January 1, 2020.
  • Original audiovisual recordings are closed for preservation purposes. In-house use copies are available for most interviews.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to all of the oral histories except for these narrators who have retained copyright:

  • Dolores Alexander
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Dorothy Allison and Carmen Vazquez (joint interview)
  • Lora Foo
  • Ronnie Gilbert
  • Cherríe Moraga
  • Suzanne Pharr
  • Minnie Bruce Pratt
  • Meredith Tax
Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Requests for permission to publish quotations should be addressed to the Sophia Smith Collection and should include identification of the specific passages to be quoted, anticipated use of the passages, and identification of the user. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the citation format shown in the transcript's cover page for each oral history . The whole collection should be cited as follows: "Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass."

Additional Formats

Original video recordings of interviews have been copied to DVDs and audio CDs for research use. Transcripts are available in both paper and electronic (MS Word and PDF) formats.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Processed by Joyce Follet, Revan Schendler, and Burd Schlessinger, 2007


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
The project was made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation.

Contents List
Narrators

[Note: Each box includes an audiovisual recording of the interview; transcripts; biographical materials; and, in some cases, background research material and photographs.]




Acey, Katherine


Box 1
Alexander, Dolores


Box 2
Allison, Dorothy

(includes Dorothy Allison with Carmen Vazquez)

[See also Carmen Vazquez]



Box 3
Apuzzo, Virginia


Box 4
Asetoyer, Charon


Box 5
Avery, Byllye


Box 6
Beal, Frances


Box 7
Berek, Judith


Box 8-9
Berkman, Brenda


Box 10
Restrictions on access:

[Researchers must have permission from Berkman to access interview]

Bewsee, Michaelann


Box 11
Biren, Joan E. (JEB)


Box 12
Burnham, Linda


Box 13
Casavant, Kathleen


Box 14
Restrictions on access:

[Portions of this interview are closed until 14 Jan 2029. Transcript not availible online -- contact the SSC for a copy.]

Chavez-Thompson, Linda


Box 15
Cook, Katsi


Box 16
Restrictions on access:

[Portions of this interview are closed]

Diallo, Dázon Dixon


Box 16a
Edgar, Joanne


Box 17
Foo, Lora Jo


Box 18
Restrictions on access:

Lora Jo Foo has decided to decline all requests for access from researchers until the material is fully open to research on January 1, 2020.

Frantz, Marge


Box 19
Fried, Marlene


Box 20
Gilbert, Ronnie


Box 21
Gould, Sara


Box 22
Henry, Fran


Box 23
Hollibaugh, Amber L.


Box 24
Hayashi, Mary Chung


Box 25
Kollisch, Eva


Box 26
Lerner, Gerda [interview is audio only]


Box 27
Love, Barbara


Box 28
MacKay, Anne


Box 29
Martinez, Betita


Box 30
Martinez, Luz Alvarez


Box 31
Miller, Geraldine


Box 32
Moraga, Cherríe


Box 33
Morales, Aurora Levins


Box 35
Morales, Rosario


Box 35
Nelson, Marjory


Box 36
Nussbaum, Karen


Box 37
Payne, LaDoris


Box 38
Peterson, Jan


Box 39
Restrictions on access:

[Researchers must have permission from Peterson to access interview]

Pharr, Suzanne


Box 40
Ports, Setsuko (Suki) Terada


Box 41
Powell, Achebe Betty


Box 42
Pratt, Minnie Bruce


Box 43
Reeve, Patricia


Box 44
Rodriguez, Luz


Box 45
Roma, Catherine [includes six music CDs]


Box 46
Ross, Loretta


Box 47-48
Restrictions on access:

[Portions of this interview are closed]

Russell, Maura


Box 48a
Restrictions on access:

[Researchers must have permission from Russell to access interview]

Saika, Peggy


Box 49
Sanchez, Graciela


Box 50
Schneir, Miriam


Box 51
Restrictions on access:

[Portions of this interview are closed]

Shelley, Martha


Box 52
Smith, Barbara


Box 53-54
Steinem, Gloria


Box 55
Stout, Linda


Box 56
Tax, Meredith


Box 57
Thom, Mary


Box 58
Touré, Nkenge


Box 59
Vázquez, Carmen


Box 60
Ward, Wynona


Box 61
Restrictions on access:

[Wynona Ward Papers and Have Justice Will Travel Records in SSC are closed]

Winslow, Barbara


Box 62
Original audiovisual recordings; electronic copies of transcripts; and closed portions of interviews.


Box 56-77
Restrictions on access:

CLOSED


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • African American women--Biography--Sources
  • Alexander, Dolores, 1931-
  • Apuzzo, Virginia, 1941-
  • Asetoyer, Charon, 1951-
  • Asian American women--Biography--Sources
  • Avery, Byllye, 1937-
  • Beal, Frances, 1940-
  • Berek, Judith, 1943-
  • Berkman, Brenda, 1951-
  • Bewsee, Michaelann, 1947-
  • Biren, Joan E., 1944-
  • Birth control--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Burnham, Linda, 1948-
  • Casavant, Kathleen, 1951-
  • Chavez-Thompson, Linda, 1944-
  • Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Cook, Katsi, 1952-
  • Diallo, Dázon Dixon
  • Edgar, Joanne, 1943-
  • Feminists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Foo, Lora Jo
  • Frantz, Margaret, 1922-
  • Gilbert, Ronnie, 1926-
  • Hayashi, Mary Chung, 1967-
  • Henry, Fran, 1948-
  • Hispanic American women--Biography--Sources
  • Hollibaugh, Amber L., 1946-
  • Indian women--Biography--Sources
  • Jewish women--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Kollisch, Eva, 1925-
  • Labor leaders--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Labor movement--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Lerner, Gerda, 1920-
  • Lesbians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • MacKay, Anne, 1928-
  • Martinez, Betita, 1925
  • Martinez, Luz Alvarez, 1943-
  • Miller, Geraldine, 1920-2005
  • Moraga, Cherríe, 1952-
  • Morales, Aurora Levins, 1954
  • Morales, Rosario, 1930-
  • Nelson, Marjory, 1928-
  • Nussbaum, Karen, 1950-
  • Payne, LaDoris, 1948
  • Peace movements--United States--History--Sources
  • Peterson, Jan, 1941-
  • Pharr, Suzanne, 1939-
  • Ports, Suki Terada
  • Powell, Achebe Betty, 1940-
  • Pratt, Minnie Bruce, 1946-
  • Pro-choice movement--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Reeve, Patricia, 1953-
  • Reproductive health--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Rodriguez, Luz, 1956-
  • Roma, Catherine, 1948-
  • Ross, Loretta J., 1953-
  • Russell, Maura, 1954-
  • Saika, Peggy, 1945-
  • Sanchez, Graciela, 1960-
  • Schneir, Miriam, 1933-
  • Sexual abuse victims--Biography--Sources
  • Shelley, Martha, 1943-
  • Smith, Barbara, 1946-
  • Steinem, Gloria
  • Stout, Linda, 1954-
  • Tax, Meredith, 1942-
  • Thom, Mary, 1942-
  • Touré, Nkenge, 1951-
  • Voices of Feminism Oral History Project
  • Vázquez, Carmen, 1949-
  • Ward, Wynona Lund, 1951-
  • Winslow, Barbara, 1945-
  • Women fire fighters--Biography--Sources
  • Women labor union members--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Working class women--United States--Biography--Sources

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection

Genre terms
  • Oral history


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