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Working Woman Magazine Letters, 1979-1983
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 348

Abstract:
Collection includes published and unpublished letters to the editor, 1979-83.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form, agreeing to protect confidentiality, before using this collection.

Restrictions on use:

Working Woman magazine retained copyright to all materials created by the magazine staff. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals 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

First published in November 1976, Working Woman magazine spoke to "women in transition," seeking to "help women work out both the major questions that concern attitudes and ambitions, obstacles and expectations as well as the ordinary bread and butter problems and pleasures of daily life." Founded by Beatrice Buckler from her experience editing Family Circle magazine in the 1970s, Working Woman expanded from 200,000 circulation in 1977 to 575,000 circulation by 1983. Targeting the 38 million American women in the work force in the late 1970s, Working Woman addressed the "adult, sophisticated, newly liberated" professional woman, engaging the mundane, technical, and practical issues of working life. Unlike Ms. magazine, Working Woman avoided overt feminist politics, balancing household and family management for working mothers with content on office politics and career strategies. In 1978, Dale Lang, founder of Media Networks Inc. and later president of Hal Publications, acquired a financially shaky Working Woman. The magazine published its last issue in September 2001, after the 25th anniversary edition.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Working Woman Magazine Letters collection consists of published and unpublished letters to the editor, 1979-83. Letters from readers contain critiques on magazine content, suggested changes or additions, information corrections, personal success stories, and commentary on the magazine's mission to tap into a broad range of women's issues in the working world. The letters contain hand written annotations and notes between magazine staff. The annotations include editing marks for publishing, casual exchanges about their content, relevancy for publication in the magazine, and personal reactions from the editors. Copies of responses from Working Woman editors to readers are also included. Also included are photocopies of the "Reader Letters" section of magazine for those years. Published reader letters and original letters are arranged chronologically.


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.

Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form, agreeing to protect confidentiality, before using this collection.

Restrictions on use:

Working Woman magazine retained copyright to all materials created by the magazine staff. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals 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:

Working Woman Magazine Letters, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Working Woman magazine editor, Gay Bryant, donated the collection to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Yeo, 2015.


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
Separated Material

Issues of Working Woman (1980-94) are among the periodicals holdings of the Sophia Smith Collection.


Contents List
Published Reader Letters (photocopies),
January 1981-November 1983

Box 1: folder 1
Original letters


Box 1
Nov 1979, May 1980

Box 1: folder 2
May-Dec 1981

Box 1: folder 3-4
1982

Box 1: folder 5-13
Jan 1983

Box 1: folder 14
Feb-Aug 1983

Box 2: folder 1-7
Undated

Box 2: folder 8

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Women in the professions--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women's periodicals, American--History--Sources
  • Women--Employment--United States--20th century
  • Working Woman Magazine


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