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Saralee Hamilton Papers, 1965-2006
14 boxes (11.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 629

Abstract:
Feminist; Administrator; Reproductive rights advocate. Early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Organizations and topics include the Reproductive Rights National Network, the Black Women's Health Project, Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (WISAP)/Gabriela, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, Madre, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian and gay liberation, grassroots organizing, international women's rights, and rights for women laborers in the U.S. and in developing countries. Central American and Asian women's organizations are especially well- represented.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

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

Biographical Note

Born October 25, 1945. During her college years, Hamilton was active in anti-war activities and organizations. She worked for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) for thirty-one years, directing that organizaion's Nationwide Women's Program. In the early years of the program, Hamilton became part of the intellectual development of modern feminism, meeting often with the emerging leadership of that movement. It was through her efforts that various AFSC programs became connected to women's groups around the world, such as Madre; Gabriella, in the Philippines; ISIS, in South America; and Women Living Under Muslim Law. She was also involved in the Reproductive Rights National Network, and in the Commitee to End Sterilization Abuse. Her vision of mutuality introduced AFSC perspectives to women's movements, and brought learnings from those movements to the AFSC. She was also adept at fostering women's involvement in issues from the policy level down to the every day actions that could bring about change. She organized delegations to women's conferences including the U.N. World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985, and in Beijing in 1995. Hamilton died December 7, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA of complications from cancer.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Organizations and topics include the Reproductive Rights National Network, the Black Women's Health Project, Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (WISAP)/Gabriela, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, Madre, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian and gay liberation, grassroots organizing, international women's rights, and rights for women laborers in the U.S. and in developing countries. Central American and Asian women's organizations are especially well-represented.

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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.

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:

Saralee Hamilton Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Saralee Hamilton Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Maria Pappalardo in 2007, with subsequent donations in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, October 2008.


Additional Information
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Subjects
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Hamilton, Saralee, 1945-2006
  • Muslim women -- Social conditions
  • National Black Women's Health Project
  • Reproductive Rights National Network
  • Sterilization (Birth control) -- United States -- History
  • Women's rights -- Asia, Southeastern -- History -- Sources
  • Women's rights -- Developing countries
  • Women and peace -- South Asia
  • Women -- Latin America


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