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Marianne Walters Papers, 1969-2000
8 boxes (8.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 581

Abstract:
Social worker. The papers document Walters' involvement in the Women's Project in Family Therapy in Philadelphia, PA, which she founded, and the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, D.C., which she also founded. The collection also includes personal and professional correspondence, writings, and documents pertaining to speaking engagements, and grants, projects, and workshops in which she was involved. The collection is strong in the subject areas of feminist family therapy; therapy for members of single-parent, low-income households; and mother/daughter and father/daughter relationships. [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:

  • The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats: the 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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by Marianne Walters in this collection.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

Biographical Note

Marianne Walters was born in Washington, DC in 1930. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1952 and her MSW from the University of Illinois in 1954. Her marriage to Joseph Hart Walters ended in divorce; the couple had three daughters: Lisa, Suzanna, and Pamela. Throughout the 1960s, Walters was involved in civil rights marches, war protests, abortion rights sit-ins and gay rights demonstrations. She also worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1968 Poor People's March on Washington, helping organize Resurrection City, a tent city on the Washington Mall. From 1963 to 1966, Walters was chief social worker for a pilot project sponsored by the Center for Youth and Community Studies at Howard University, and from 1966 to 1980 she was a family therapist in Philadelphia. From 1975 to 1980, she served as executive director of the Family Therapy Training Center at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, where she was known for her work with single-parent, low-income families.

In 1978, she founded the Women's Project in Family Therapy and, after returning to her home town of Washington, DC, founded the Family Therapy Practice Center there in 1980. It was one of the first family clinics in the country to be run by a woman. The Center trains therapists and counselors, administers research projects, and works with area family service agencies such as a local shelter for abused and runaway youth. The Center also provides family therapy services to underserved populations in the area. Walters was the author of numerous articles and monographs, and the editor of several books. She was co-author, along with colleagues at the Women's Project, of The Invisible Web : Gender Patterns in Family Relationships (1988). Marianne Walters died on February 21, 2006.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Marianne Walters Papers document Walters's involvement in the Women's Project in Family Therapy in Philadelphia, PA, which she founded, and the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, DC, which she also founded. The collection also includes personal and professional correspondence, and documents pertaining to speaking engagements, and grants, projects, and workshops in which she was involved. The collection is strong in the subject areas of feminist family therapy; therapy for members of single-parent, low-income households; and mother/daughter and father/daughter relationships. Writings by Walters are also included.

[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:

  • The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats: the 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 created by Marianne Walters 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:

Marianne Walters Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Marianne Walters in 2007.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007


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


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Subjects
  • Clinical psychology -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Family psychotherapy -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Family social work -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Family therapists -- Biography
  • Feminist therapy -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Low-income single mothers -- United States -- Social conditions
  • Social work education -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Walters, Marianne


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