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International Alliance of Women Records, 1906-2009 (Bulk: 1913-1973)
7 boxes (2.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Approximately half of the collection consists of programs and other material related to biennial conferences, in particular the 12th Congress held in Istanbul, 1935. Material from this Congress includes committee reports and resolutions, correspondence, programs, publicity, speeches, and memorabilia. Documentation for other conferences is more sparse, consisting mainly of programs. There are also official conference reports (1906-61) and general documents such as agendas, publicity, position papers, newsletters, and printed material. Major topics addressed include women's rights, women's suffrage, the international women's movement, peace, and the United Nations.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The International Alliance of Women Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following exception: Electronic documents (on CD) and printouts, 1999-2007, are closed per donor instructions.

Restrictions on use:

The International Alliance of Women retains copyright ownership of their records. Copyright to unpublished materials created by others may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. 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

Historical Note

At a 1902 meeting in Washington, D.C., delegates from ten countries, believing that a new international organization devoted to women's suffrage was needed, planned to meet in Berlin to form a permanent organization. Delegates from eight nations founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA) in 1904 as an unconditionally pro-suffrage and explicitly feminist alternative to the International Council of Women, which had failed to take a clear pro-suffrage position. The Alliance established suffrage as its primary goal from the beginning and maintained votes for women as its sole concern until just before World War I. Beginning in 1913 the group began to address wider issues including prostitution, peace, equal pay, women's right to employment, the nationality of married women, and slavery. In 1915, individual members of IWSA from warring countries had met in the Hague and were instrumental in setting up what has become another highly regarded sister organization, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

By the 1920s the Alliance was divided into groups of enfranchised and disenfranchised women and, although it continued to press for woman suffrage in countries without it, the organization also adopted peace and equality as major goals. Changing its name to the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship in the late 1920s, the group, headed by Margery Corbett Ashby, maintained its commitment to peace throughout the inter-war period. Although it became increasingly similar to the International Council of Women after the 1910s it stubbornly maintained its separate structure and identity. Emerging intact out of the chaos of World War II the organization adopted a program of peace, democracy, women's rights, and support for the United Nations. In 1946 the name International Alliance of Women was adopted with the sub-title Equal Rights - Equal Responsibilities.

In its present-day work the IAW "affirms that full and equal enjoyment of human rights is due to all women and girls. The IAW maintains that a prerequisite to securing these rights is the universal ratification and implementation without reservation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The importance and value of women's contributions as equal partners has been acknowledged in numerous United Nations World Conferences held during the past decades." [Source: IAW Web site http://www.womenalliance.org/history.html]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Approximately half of the collection consists of programs and other material related to biennial conferences, in particular the 12th Congress held in Istanbul, 1935. Material from this Congress includes committee reports and resolutions, correspondence, programs, publicity, speeches, and memorabilia. Documentation for other congresses is more sparse, consisting mainly of programs. There are also official conference reports (1906-61) and general documents such as agendas, publicity, position papers, newsletters, and printed material. Major topics addressed include women's rights, women's suffrage, the international women's movement, peace, and the United Nations.


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

The International Alliance of Women Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following exception: Electronic documents (on CD) and printouts, 1999-2007, are closed per donor instructions.

Restrictions on use:

The International Alliance of Women retains copyright ownership of their records. Copyright to unpublished materials created by others may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. 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:

International Alliance of Women Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The International Alliance of Women records were given to the Sophia Smith Collection by Louisa Fast, Smith College Class of 1898.

Processing Information

Processed by Carrie Baldwin, Fraenkel intern, 2008.


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 and French

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
General



Correspondence, reports, and constitution
1920-67, 1996

Box 1: folder 2
Pamphlets
1967, 1976

Box 1: folder 3
International Woman Suffrage News and brochure
2004

Box 1: folder 4
Photo book of members
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Congresses



International Woman Suffrage Alliance program, Copenhagen
1906

Box 1: folder 6
4th Conference, Amsterdam: report
1908

Box 1: folder 6
5th Conference, London: report

[original and preservation copy - please use photocopy]

1909

Box 1: folder 7
6th Congress, Stockholm: report
1911

Box 1: folder 8
7th Congress, Budapest: report, press, program, and correspondence

[see also Oversize Materials]

1913

Box 1: folder 9
8th Congress, Geneva: report and program
1920

Box 2: folder 1
9th Congress, Rome: report
1923

Box 2: folder 2
10th Congress, Paris: report
1926

Box 2: folder 3
10th Congress, Paris: Committee on Family Endowment or Allowances Report
1926

Box 2: folder 3
Report and Resolutions of the First Peace Study Conference, Amsterdam
1927

Box 2: folder 4
11th Congress, Berlin: report
1929

Box 2: folder 5
12th Congress, Istanbul
1935

Box 2
Report and proofs of reports


Box 2: folder 6
League of Women Voters material and committee reports


Box 2: folder 7
Committee reports, resolutions, news clippings, and correspondence

[see also Oversize Materials]



Box 2: folder 8-9
Correspondence - (Louisa Fast, Press Representative)


Box 2: folder 10
Publicity and photographs (Carrie Chapman Catt, Margaret Corbett Ashby, Louisa Fast, and Latife Bekir)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Speeches


Box 3: folder 2
13th Congress, Copenhagen: report
1939

Box 3: folder 3
14th Congress, Interlaken: report
1946

Box 3: folder 3
15th Congress, Amsterdam: report and program
1949

Box 3: folder 3
16th Congress, Naples: publicity and report
1952

Box 3: folder 4
S. E. Asia Regional Group's Inaugural Regional Conference on "The Education of Women in a Changing East," Colombo: report
1954

Box 3: folder 5
17th Congress (Golden Jubilee Congress), Colombo, Ceylon
1955

Box 3
Pamphlet, program, and report


Box 3: folder 6
"Journey Towards Freedom: Written for the Golden Jubilee of the International Alliance of Women"


Box 3: folder 6
18th Congress, Athens: publicity, program, and report
1958

Box 3: folder 7
Report of International Committee Conference, Teheran
1960

Box 3: folder 8
19th Congress, Dublin: report and publicity
1961

Box 3: folder 9
Report of the Hannah Rydh Memorial Seminar, Sierra Leone
1966

Box 3: folder 10
21st Congress, England: publicity
1967

Box 3: folder 10
22nd Congress, Konigstein, West Germany: publicity
1970

Box 3: folder 11
23rd Congress, New Delhi: publicity and itinerary
1973

Box 3: folder 12
Centenary Celebration: program
2004

Box 3: folder 13
Electronic documents and printouts
1999-2007

Box 4-5
Restrictions on access:

[CLOSED]

Newsletters
2008-09

Box 7
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



7th Congress (Budapest): publicity
1913

Flat file
Newspapers



La Republique
16 April 1935

Flat file
La Republique
18 April 1935

Flat file
La Turquie
28 April 1935

Flat file

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Subjects
  • Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
  • Feminists--History--20th century--Sources
  • International Alliance of Women--History--Sources
  • International Woman Suffrage Alliance--History
  • Peace movements--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women and peace--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women's rights--History--Sources
  • Women--International cooperation--History--Sources
  • Women--Suffrage--United States-History--Sources
  • Women--Turkey--History--20th century--Sources


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