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Loraine Hutchins Papers, 1948-ongoing (Bulk: 1970s-1990s)
31 boxes (30.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 701

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 Papers include correspondence, photographs, research subject files, published and unpublished writing by Hutchins and others, newspaper clippings, fliers, newsletters, and periodicals.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:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of Loraine Hutchins within this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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 of the Collection

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:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of Loraine Hutchins within this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." 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:

Loraine Hutchins Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

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

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

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


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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, 1948-
  • 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


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