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Women of Color Resource Center Records, 1984-2011
5 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 718

Abstract:
Women of color grassroots network; Welfare rights, reproductive rights, and women's health advocacy organization in Oakland, California The WCRC seeks to educate and empower women and girls of color, helping them to become effective leaders while at the same time advocating for public policies that help women of color, and bringing their concerns to the forefront of all social justice and women's rights movements. The WCRC has also sought to build transnational relationships with sister organizations around the world. The records document the organization's advocacy for women and families of color and issues around race, gender, poverty and social justice activism in the U.S; global women's issues and advocacy for women's rights, reproductive health and economic development, Records include publications, pamphlets and catalogs of the WCRC; programming materials, conference reports, background research files, and audiovisual material. [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:

  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
  • 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 records of the organization. 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 and satisfy all copyright holders.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Founded in Oakland, California in 1990 by several of those who had been active in the Alliance Against Women's Oppression (disbanded in 1989), the WCRC seeks to educate and empower women and girls of color, helping them to become effective leaders while at the same time advocating for public policies that help, rather than hurt, women of color. In particular, the WCRC seeks to bring the concerns of women of color to the forefront of all social justice and women's rights movements. Innovative programing has been key to sustaining their mission and making the WCRC appealing to women of color across generational lines and despite racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation differences. For example, beginning in 2005, the "Runway Peace Project" (RPP) sought to raise awareness of the impact of militarism on American popular culture. A multi-media toolkit, aimed at school and community groups, the RPP includes a documentary, "Fashion Resistance to Militarism," a step-by-step CD guide on how to organize your own RPP fashion show, and fact sheets on gender and militarism. Yet another popular, and successful, project is TEMPO (Technological Empowerment and Media Project of Oakland) which provides training for low-income women of color in radio production, producing radio documentaries on the issues that directly have an impact on their lives and thus literally giving women of color a voice. Since its participation in the Beijing 1995 conference, the WCRC has also sought to build transnational relationships with sister organizations around the world.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records include publications, pamphlets and catalogs of the WCRC; programming materials, conference reports, background research files, and audiovisual material. Major topics include issues around race, gender, poverty and social justice activism in the U.S; advocacy for women and families of color; global women's issues and advocacy for women's rights, reproductive health and economic development, especially printed materials and video footage of the UN conference on Women in Beijing, 1995.

[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:

  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
  • 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 records of the organization. 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 and satisfy all copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

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

Women of Color Resource Center Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Miriam Louie beginning in 2013.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, April 2014


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
  • Abortion -- United States
  • African American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • Alliance Against Women's Oppression
  • Asian American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • Birth control -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Burnham, Linda, 1948-
  • Civil rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Domestic violence -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Ethnicity -- United States
  • Hispanic American women -- History -- United States -- Sources
  • Indian women -- United States -- Social conditions -- History
  • Infants -- Mortality -- History
  • International Women's Day -- History
  • Louie, Miriam
  • Militarism -- History -- 20th century
  • Peace movements -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Race relations -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive health -- History -- Sources
  • Sterilization (birth control) -- History -- Sources
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) -- History -- Sources
  • Third World Women's Alliance
  • Welfare rights movement -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- Developing countries
  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States
  • Women -- International cooperation
  • Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women and peace -- History
  • Women of Color Resource Center -- History -- Sources
  • Women's health services -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women's rights -- Developing countries
  • Working class women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Youth -- Services for -- United States


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