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Amy Richards Papers, 1995-2012
5 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 702

Abstract:
Author; Activist; Co-founder, Third Wave Foundation; Feminist; Organizer. Papers include Richards' correspondence re: speaking engagements, research materials for her book, Opting In, and printed materials on various topics including the Third Wave Feminist movement, grassroots organizing, and motherhood. [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:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by Amy Richards within this collection.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

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Amelia ("Amy") Richards was born in Alexandria, Virginia on Feb. 9, 1970 and grew up in a working-class family in Pennsylvania. Her father, Albert Wentz, was not part of her life and she was raised by her single mother, Karen Richards. Amy Richards would go on to attend Tabor Academy, a prep school in Marion, Mass., before graduating cum laude from Barnard College in 1992. An art history major at Barnard, Richards was nonetheless drawn to a life of activism, starting with her involvement with Freedom Summer '92, a nation-wide voter registration campaign, the first organizing effort of the then recently formed Third Wave Direct Action Corporation which later became known as the Third Wave Foundation. In addition to Richards, other co-founders included Rebecca Walker and Catherine Gund. Richards has written the advice column "Ask Amy" for www.feminist.com since 1997 and has written and co-written three books: Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future (2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (2004), both with Jennifer Baumgardner; and Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself (2008). Richards has published numerous articles in various publications, including The Nation, Bust, The New York Times, and Ms. She is regularly interviewed as the "face" of young feminism at the end of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries, appearing on television show such as "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Oprah." Richards has for twenty years assisted Gloria Steinem in multiple projects and she has also worked with Anna Deavere Smith. She founded and directs Soapbox, Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, a feminist lecture agency, based in New York City. According to her biography on the Soapbox Inc. Web site, Richards "is also a four-time marathon runner, a former NCAA Division I soccer player, an avid traveler, and a mother of two sons." [ http://www.soapboxinc.com/speakers/amy-richards/]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include Richards' correspondence re: speaking engagements, research materials for her book, Opting In, and printed materials on various topics including the Third Wave Feminist movement, grassroots organizing, and motherhood.

[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:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

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

Preferred Citation

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

Amy Richards Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Amy Richards donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 2012.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, October 2012


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
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


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Baumgardner, Jennifer, 1970-
  • Feminism -- History -- Sources
  • Feminists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Motherhood -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Ms. Magazine
  • Nonprofit organizations -- Management
  • Richards, Amy, 1970-
  • Smith, Anna Deavere
  • Soapbox, Inc. (Firm)
  • Steinem, Gloria
  • Third Wave Foundation
  • Young women -- United States


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