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Loraine Hutchins papers, 1948-2006 (Bulk: ca.1970s-1990s)
30.5 linear feet (31 boxes)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00701

Abstract:
Author; Bisexual rights activist; Professor, Women's Studies; Sex coach. Papers include correspondence, photographs, research subject files, published and unpublished writing by Hutchins and others, newspaper clippings, fliers, newsletters, and periodicals. The periodicals include extensive runs of radical feminist and feminist spirituality related periodicals and zines from the 1970s and bisexuality-themed periodicals of the 1990s. Other social justice movements--African American civil rights, cooperative housing, anti- war, anti-nuclear--of the 1960s to the 1980s are also represented. Various aspects of sexualities (feminist/lesbian/bisexual) are covered as well. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Loraine Hutchins' diaries are closed to all researchers until her death.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Lorain Hutchins 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 Loraine Hutchins, 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

Self-proclaimed "sex radical," Loraine Hutchins was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of Thomas Jackson Hutchins and Adele Loraine Reese Hutchins. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, Maryland in 1966. She then went on to Shimer College, a small liberal arts college then in Mount Carroll, Illinois, where she earned her BS in 1970. According to Hutchins' Web site, "As a white teenager growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, I learned that social justice and equality are all that really matter, and that erotic justice, economic justice, and environmental justice are all connected. But I could not speak this insight aloud for many years." After college, Hutchins spent several years working in the DC-area, first for a juvenile justice agency and then in a series of fundraising or management positions as a consultant. Her work included fundraising for a Department of Education initiative, "Hidden from History;" with a focus on US women's labor history, one of the documentaries produced was "With Babies and Banners."

By 1990, Hutchins had come to find her true calling, as a leading advocate for the Bisexuality Rights Movement. In 1990, she co-founded BiNet USA, a national bisexual alliance, and served on its Board of Directors for its first several years. In 1991, she co-founded a local educational, support and direct action group in DC, the Alliance of Multi-Cultural Bisexuals (AMBi). That same year, Hutchins also co-edited, Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, a "groundbreaking anthology [which] soon became a primer for the LGBT movement." In 2001, she earned her PhD in Cultural Studies at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati; Hutchins disseration is entitled, "Erotic Rites: A Cultural Analysis of Contemporary US Women's Sacred Sexuality Trends and Traditions." Since 2004 she has taught as an adjunct at two Maryland colleges, Towson University and Montgomery College, where she serves as the Vice President of SEIU Local 500, a recently-formed union for adjunct faculty. Most of all, Hutchins has dedicated her life to making the connections between sexuality and spirituality a reality.

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, photographs, research subject files, published and unpublished writing by Hutchins and others, newspaper clippings, fliers, newsletters, and periodicals. The periodical collection is especially impressive, containing extensive runs of radical feminist and feminist spirituality related periodicals and zines from the 1970s and bisexuality-themed periodicals of the 1990s. Other social justice movements--African American civil rights, cooperative housing, anti-war, anti-nuclear--of the 1960s to the 1980s are also represented. Various aspects of sexualities (feminist/lesbian/bisexual) are covered as well.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


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

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Loraine Hutchins' diaries are closed to all researchers until her death.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that she owns copyright, Lorain Hutchins 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 Loraine Hutchins, 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

Loraine Hutchins Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00701, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Loraine Hutchins donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2012.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2012


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
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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
Related Materials

Loraine Hutchins' personal library is located at the Pratt Library at Goddard College.


Contents List
Loraine Hutchins website
First captured August 20, 2016
1 website(single)

The archived website of Loraine Hutchins (http://www.lorainehutchins.com) was first captured in 2016 and subsequent periodic captures are scheduled. The site includes biographical information, descriptions of her writings, academic projects, resources and her blog, "Write as Rain."


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Subjects
  • Antinuclear movement -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Authors, American -- Biography -- Sources
  • Bisexuality -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Diaries -- Women authors
  • Feminism -- Periodicals
  • Feminist spirituality -- History -- Sources
  • Gay liberation movement -- History -- Sources
  • Gays -- Periodicals
  • Hutchins, Loraine
  • Lesbian activists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Lesbianism -- Periodicals
  • Sex instruction -- History
  • Social justice -- United States
  • Spirituality -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Transgender people -- Social conditions -- United States
  • Women's periodicals, American -- History
  • Women's studies -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Genre terms
  • Address books
  • Appointment books
  • Books
  • DVD video discs
  • Financial records
  • Greeting cards
  • Leaflets
  • Manuscripts
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Sound recordings
  • Theses
  • Videotapes
  • Yearbooks
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • notebooks


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