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Future is Female Project Records, 1979-1990
15 boxes (18 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 463

Abstract:
A research project undertaken in the early 1980s by Annie Cheatham and Mary Clare Powell. They interviewed North American women about their efforts to create alternative structures for family life, arts, education, work, and politics. The results were published in the book, This Way Daybreak Comes: Women's Values and the Future (1986). Project records contain research material, writings, speeches, correspondence, slides, and photographs. Of particular interest are audio interviews of women in a variety of occupations and living situations throughout North America.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The Future Is Female Project was a research project undertaken by Annie Cheatham and Mary Clare Powell. In the early 1980s, Cheatham, who had worked as Director of the Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future, and Powell, an artist, interviewed North American women for information about their efforts to create alternative structures for family life, arts, education, work, and politics. The resulting book, This Way Daybreak Comes: Women's Values and the Future, was published in 1986.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Project records contain background research material, writings, speeches, correspondence, slides, and photographs pertaining to the Future Is Female Project and the writing of This Way Daybreak Comes. Of particular interest are audiotaped interviews of women in a variety of occupations and living situations throughout North America.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission 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:

Future is Female Project Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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

Contents List
This Way Daybreak Comes: manuscripts, drafts, notes, and correspondence
1984-85

Box 1
Future Is Female: traveling interview project materials, correspondence, publicity, notes, printed materials, schedules, financial materials
1979-86

Box 1
Research, printed material
1981-86

Box 1
Book chapters/ Future Is Female interviews, publicity, research materials, audiotape, correspondence
1981-84

Box 2-3
Research materials: printed material, clippings, publicity, brochures re: art chapter
1981-84

Box 4-5
Research materials


Box 6
Book galleys
1990

Box 6
Audiotaped interviews
1982-85

Box 7
4 card files of addresses
n.d.

Box 8
Book cover art


Box 9
Feminist Futures International Network newsletters, drafts, mailing lists, [edited by Cheatham/Powell-Institute for Women and the Future]
1988

Box 9
Correspondence, response to book
1983-88

Box 9
Organization subject files re: proposed conference
circa 1980

Box 9
Subject files, research materials, correspondence
1979-88

Box 9
Photos, correspondence, memorabilia
1985

Box 10
Book mail
1985-87

Box 10
Women's movement printed material, books of poetry, magazines, directories
1980-86

Box 10
Scrapbook re: art exhibit
1981-82

Box 11
Book drafts, notes, press materials, publishers correspondence
1984, n.d.

Box 12
Book royalties, press and publishers correspondence, reviews
1984-87

Box 12
Conferences, proposed projects
1987

Box 12
Speeches and presentations
1987

Box 12
Great Britain trip
1986-88

Box 13
European tour dead ends


Box 13
England speech


Box 13
5 inch disks of Daybreak


Box 13
Slides of art and individuals
1982-86

Box 13
Journals, logs, correspondence, and photos from trip
1982-85

Box 13
Copies of handouts and explanatory materials for trip


Box 13
Daybreak, hard and soft cover


Box 13
Future is Female newsletter
1982

Box 13
Schedules and mailing lists


Box 13
Trip narratives and slides
circa 1982

Box 14

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Feminism--North America--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women artists--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--North America--Interviews

Contributors
  • Cheatham, Annie. This Way Daybreak Comes: Women's Values and the Future (1986)--Sources
  • Powell, Mary Clare. This Way Daybreak Comes: Women's Values and the Future (1986)--Sources


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