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Safe Passage Records, 1971-2000 (ongoing)
7 boxes (8 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 351

Abstract:
Women's shelter and community service organization. Safe Passage (formerly Necessities/Necesidades) was founded in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1978 as a women's collective to provide shelter and assistance to battered women and their children and to empower women with self-help techniques for ending abusive relationships. In addition the organization educates the community about violence against women through public programs. Records include internal documents such as executive director's files; financial records; and correspondence, 1978-1992. Public records include material documenting the history of the organization; publicity and fundraising material; material related to other women's organizations; and pamphlets, articles and other printed material that relate to the subject of battered women. [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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by Safe Passage in this collection.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

Historical Note

Safe Passage (formerly Necessities/Necesidades) was founded in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1978 as a women's collective intended "to empower women by providing them with self-help techniques that allow them to end abusive relationships." In addition to this work, the organization also educates the community about violence against women through public programs and publications and by training volunteers. Perhaps most important, it provides shelter and assistance to battered women and their children. In 1995 the organization abandoned its collective framework in favor of a more hierarchical organizing structure that included two co-directors and an expanded board. In 1998 they adopted a single director model. In 2000, Necessities/Necesidades changed its name to Safe Passage.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Safe Passage (formerly Necessities/Necesidades) records include both internal and public material. Internal records consist of: executive director's files; financial records; correspondence, and personal records, 1978-1992. Public records include material that documents the history of the organization; publicity and fundraising material; material related to other women's organizations, including Necessities predecessors HLRIPP and HERA; and pamphlets, articles and other printed material that relate to the subject of battered women.

[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 created by Safe Passage in 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:

Safe Passage Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Safe Passage began donating their records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1984. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals:

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


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
  • Abused women -- Services for -- Massachusetts
  • Collectivism -- United States
  • Family violence -- Massachusetts
  • Feminists -- Northampton (Mass.)
  • Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups -- History -- Sources
  • Safe Passage (Northampton, Mass.) -- History
  • Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts
  • Women's shelters -- United States -- History -- Sources


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