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Tucker Pamella Farley papers, 1969-2010
2.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00676

Abstract:
Author; Labor organizer; Lesbian activist; Professor, English; Professor, Women's Studies. The papers contain materials from her academic career and study groups. Most material is related to Marxist Feminist Group 1 (MF 1) which include an extensive amount of discussion notes, minutes, planning materials, and publications. The group's topics ranged significantly over the years, and have included socialism, homophobia, racism, and postmodernism. Some records also exist of her participation in early women's studies courses, research, and conferences. The collection contains draft and published writings by Farley on the subjects of women in literature, women's self-narratives, and the history of women's studies.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Tucker Pamella Farley has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required.

For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Tucker Pamella Farley, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Tucker Pamella Farley is an activist and academic who helped create a space for women's studies in the university. She has been active in a variety of social justice causes. Farley earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1961, and as a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University in the late 1960s, she became involved in Leftist activist efforts aimed at radicalizing the university. She organized for academic labor unions, and she participated in the Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association and the New University Conference, among other groups. She was also involved in the women's liberation movement and the emergent field of women's studies. Farley completed her Ph.D. in 1973.

Hired by Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1970 to teach women's studies and American literature, she was instrumental in the development of the school's Women's Studies Program and Women's Center. She was a founder of the New York Women's Labor Project, where she created and taught women's studies course for trade union women. A founder of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Farley spearheaded the creation of NWSA's Lesbian Caucus. At the same time, she engaged in small-scale activist and intellectual networking through participation in a variety of study groups on radical and feminist issues. This included Marxist-Feminist Group 1 (MF 1), which has been active since 1973. Organized in the northeastern United States, MF 1 combined elements of the consciousness raising group with academic inquiry into issues of radicalism and feminism. Members have included academics, policy makers, and political activist. The group continues to meet two to three times a year. Tucker Farley maintained an active publishing and teaching career through the 2000s. She earned emerita status in 2005. She is featured in the Feminist Press book The Politics of Women's Studies: Testimony from the 30 Founding Mothers.

Scope and Contents

The Tucker Pamella Farley papers contain materials from her academic career and study groups. Most material is related to Marxist Feminist Group 1 (MF 1). Farley maintained a personal set of the organization's records, which include an extensive amount of discussion notes and minutes, planning materials, and publications. The group's topics ranged significantly over the years, and have included socialism, homophobia, racism, and postmodernism. Farley's contributions to these discussions included the subjects of lesbian feminism and women in literature, among others. Most documentation of MF 1 consists of discussion notes and presentation papers; the collection also contains audiocassettes of a 2010 session. Farley created item level inventories of most of the MF1 documents in this accession. These lists can be found appended to the box list. The remainder of the papers relate to other aspects of Farley's career. A small amount of printed material and correspondence documents her association with labor organizing, feminist organizing, lesbian issues, and direct action campaigns in the academy in the early 1970s. Some records also exist of her participation in early women's studies courses, research, and conferences. The collection contains draft and published writings by Farley on the subjects of women in literature, women's self-narratives, and the history of women's studies.

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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Tucker Pamella Farley has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required.

For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Tucker Pamella Farley, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Tucker Pamella Farley Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Tucker Pamella Farley began donating her papers to the SSC in 2011. A second accession was added in 2015.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Amanda Izzo, April 2010. This collection has not been processed, in the sense that archival arrangement and description beyond creating minimal box lists has not been done. The arrangement and description of materials may change in the future as iterative processing occurs. Researchers are encouraged to document their citations with this in mind.


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Language
English
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Contents List

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Subjects
  • Brooklyn College -- Faculty
  • Communism -- Study and teaching -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Farley, Tucker Pamella
  • Feminism -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Feminism and education -- History -- Sources
  • Feminist theory -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
  • Feminists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Gay rights -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Labor movement -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Lesbian activists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Lesbian feminism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Lesbians -- Education (Higher) -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Marxist criticism -- United States
  • Radicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Sex discrimination in education -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Socialism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Women -- Education (Higher) -- United States -- History
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Women college teachers -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women in the labor movement -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Women radicals -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Women's studies -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Bibliographies
  • Faculty papers
  • Lists
  • Minutes
  • Notes
  • Organization files
  • Proposals
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Writings
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • lecture notes
  • syllabi


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