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Activist Life Oral History Project, 2008
3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 641

Abstract:
A collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. Fifteen interviews, conducted by Smith College students, document both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright except for interviews with following women who have retained copyright: Merle Feld, Barbara Hammer, and Lesléa Newman. 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

Interviews were conducted by Smith College students in Kelly Anderson's Smith College course "Women's Activism and Oral History" in the Fall of 2008. Students were trained in both the history of women's activism and oral history techniques and protocols.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

An Activist Life Oral History Project is a collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. The project documents both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Narrators include educators and academics, musicians, writers, and artists, as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds. Interviews cover childhood and growing up experiences; education and employment; activism and politics; family, identity, relationships and community.

Narrators include:

  • Lois Ahrens
  • Joan Ballas
  • Joyce Berkman
  • Annie Cheatham
  • Maria Cuerda
  • Frances Crowe
  • Delight Dodyk
  • Merle Feld
  • Barbara Hammer
  • Sue Hyde
  • Lesléa Newman
  • Jane Pincus
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • Tiik Pollet
  • Christine Shelton

Full transcripts can be found on the project Web site.


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.

Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright except for interviews with following women who have retained copyright: Merle Feld, Barbara Hammer, and Lesléa Newman. 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 following format when citing materials from this collection:

Activist Life Oral History Project, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

History of the Collection

The Activist Life Oral History Project were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Kelly Anderson in April 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, June 2009


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


Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Ahrens, Lois
  • Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources
  • Ballas, Joan
  • Berkman, Joyce
  • Cheatham, Annie
  • Crowe, Frances
  • Cuerda, Maria
  • Dodyk, Delight
  • Feld, Merle
  • Hammer, Barbara
  • Historians -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Hyde, Sue
  • Jewish authors -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Newman, Lesléa
  • Peace and the people
  • Pincus, Jane
  • Pogrebin, Letty Cottin
  • Pollet, Tiik
  • Shelton, Christine
  • Women athletes -- History -- Sources
  • Women historians -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century


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