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Byllye Avery Papers, 1976-2005 (ongoing)
8 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 652

Abstract:
Health reformer; Reproductive rights advocate. Papers document Avery's work as an activist in the field of black women's health and reproductive rights, including clippings, articles, correspondence, financial information, conference materials, speaking engagements, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. Materials relating to Avery's involvement in the Black Women's Health Imperative are also included.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by Byllye Avery in this collection.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

Byllye Yvonne Avery was born in DeLand, Florida in 1937. She studied psychology at Talledega College, and earned an M.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1969. In 1995 Avery received a L.H.D. from Bates College. She has worked to improve the welfare of African-American women by creating the National Black Women's Health Project in 1981 (the name was later changed to the Black Women's Health Imperative). She also founded Avery Institute for Social Change. In 1989, Avery received a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, and she is also a past recipient of the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. Other honors include the Lifetime Television's Trailblazer Award, Essence magazine's Award for Community Service, and the President's Citation of the American Public Health Association. Avery produced the documentary film On Becoming a Woman: Mothers and Daughters Talking to Each Other (1987). It features African-American women and their daughters talking about sex, love, menstruation and other personal issues. Avery is a clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and advisor to the National Institutes of Public Health, and has served as visiting fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers document Byllye Avery's work as an activist in the field of black women's health and reproductive rights, including clippings, articles, correspondence, financial information, conference materials, speaking engagements, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. Materials relating to Avery's involvement in the Black Women's Health Imperative are also included.


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. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works created by Byllye Avery 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:

Byllye Avery Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Byllye Avery began donating her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2009. Periodic additions are expected.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Lori Harris (SSC Intern) and Burd Schlessinger, 2009.


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
  • African American feminists -- Biography -- Sources
  • African American women -- Health and hygiene -- History -- Sources
  • African American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • African American women health reformers -- History -- Sources
  • Avery, Byllye, 1937-
  • Black Women's Health Imperative
  • Health care reform -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Health education of women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • National Women's Health Network (U.S.)
  • Public health -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive health -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- Social aspects -- History -- Sources
  • Women's health services -- United States -- History -- Sources


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