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Prison Birth Project records, 1993-2018
10 linear feet (5 record cartons, 2 full letter document boxes, 1 half document box, 1 flat box, 4 boxes, 4 flat files) 16 items (10 DVDs, 3 CDs) 136.25 Gigabytes (11,543 digital files)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00728

Abstract:
The Prison Birth Project (2008-2017) worked to "support, encourage, and train currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework." The records include administrative files, program and event planning materials, forms, newsletters and other publications related to midwifery and the Prison Birth Project. Of particular interest are photos and videos of various events, curriculum materials related to Doula training,; and records related to the organization's work on anti-shackling legislation.

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 caveat: Records that identify the names and contact information of Prison Birth Project clients shall be restricted from research use until the year 2033. After that time and until the year 2068, researchers must sign an access agreement, stating they will not reveal the names and personal information of Prison Birth Project clients. Donor files are closed until 2033. Marianne Bullock, Lisa Andrews, and Marisa Pizii, as former Prison Birth Project leaders, may be permitted to access restricted records before they are available for general research.

    Restrictions on use:

    To the extent that they own copyright, the donors have assigned the copyright in their organization's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U.S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Prison Birth Project, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

    Sophia Smith Collection

    Biographical / Historical

    The Prison Birth Project was founded in 2008 by Lisa Andrews and Marianne Bullock (Smith College Class of 2014), with the goal of bringing bring doula care to incarcerated women. Lisa was a social justice educator who had supported incarcerated loved ones, and Marianne was a doula who had been incarcerated. In 2011, the Western Massachusetts-based organization transformed itself into a collective, adopting a leadership circle that operated by consensus. Their services included doula and breastfeeding support, childbirth education, and advocacy for incarcerated women and their families.

    The organization closed its doors in 2017, citing "large systems of power" and the lack of "the kind of support we need to become the sustainable organization we envision." Among their successes, the Prison Birth Project states that they, "supported over 300 incarcerated people during pregnancy and postpartum and built leadership with over 225 incarcerated parents. Our doulas have attended over 60 births. We helped to pass the landmark Massachusetts legislation ending shackling of pregnant and laboring incarcerated people and monitored successful implementation of new standards." Their projects were distributed to other organizations and practices documented for future use and education.

    [sources: PBP Website ]

    Scope and Contents

    The records of the Prison Birth Project are comprised of administrative files such as correspondence, meeting minutes, organizational planning, financial records, grant and fundraising materials, annual reports; as well as materials documenting the organization's events and program planning; worshops and advocacy work for incarcerated women and their families; publicity; publications and ephemera related to midwifery and the Prison Birth Project; as well as website and social media content. Of particular interest are materials related to doula training, breastfeeding and childbirth education, and support groups for incarcerated women and their families; and the records related to the organization's work on anti-shackling legislation. There are also large number of digital photos and video of PBP events. Photos and videos include Doula training, Anti-Shackling training, the annual Mother's Day/Mama's Day, and Solidarity Supper.


    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 caveat: Records that identify the names and contact information of Prison Birth Project clients shall be restricted from research use until the year 2033. After that time and until the year 2068, researchers must sign an access agreement, stating they will not reveal the names and personal information of Prison Birth Project clients. Donor files are closed until 2033. Marianne Bullock, Lisa Andrews, and Marisa Pizii, as former Prison Birth Project leaders, may be permitted to access restricted records before they are available for general research.

      Restrictions on use:

      To the extent that they own copyright, the donors have assigned the copyright in their organization's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U.S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Prison Birth Project, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

      Preferred Citation

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

      Prison Birth Project Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

      History of the Collection

      The first accession in the Prison Birth Project Records was donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2014.

      Accruals:

      This collection is comprised of the following accessions, some of which may not have accession records. Accession numbers: 14S-49, 15S-78, 16S-19, 2018-S-0005, 2018-S-0048, 2018-S-0049, 2018-S-0059. Accessions were received on the following dates: 2014-07-24, 2015-09-22, 2016-03-03, 2018-02-09, 2018-07-30.

      Processing Information

      Originally accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2015.

      The Prison Birth Project Records addition from Accession #2018-S-0005 was kept in original folders and order when possible. Similar subjects were organized and boxed together. Potentially sensitive materials (donor names and contact information, client names and contact information, tax forms and other financial documents) have been set aside for further assessment.

      Materials from Accession #2018-S-0049 were kept in original order when possible and added to folders with similar materials. Oversize items were added to Box 6 of #2018-S-0005.

      Digital accessions received via a file sharing service (Google Drive), have been backed up to networked storage for preservation. Additional digital content was copied from the donors' computers and discs in the collection. All digital records have been retained in their original order and detailed file lists were created and attached to the contents listing.

      Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

      As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

      This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.


      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, Spanish
      Contents List
      2018-S-0005. Prison Birth Project records
      1993-2018
      6.5 linear feet(5 record cartons, 1 flat box, 3 flat file folders)1.8 Gigabytes(1,347 digital files transferred from data CDs, macbook and Google Drive.)

      Scope and content:

      This addition to the records of the Prison Birth Project (PBP) is comprised of correspondence, event information, grant and financial information, advocacy work, meeting notes, forms, newsletters, posters, and other publications related to midwifery and the Prison Birth Project. Also includes handwritten notes to incarcerated mothers, folders from leadership and activism conferences, and training materials for Prison Birth Project volunteers. Electronic files include Lisa Andrew's computer files related to her work with Prison Birth Project; the archived PBP website and social media; and photos and videos of events.

      Appraisal note:

      Bank statements, check receipts, and other receipts shredded 2018 August 09, .5 linear feet total.

      Processing information:

      The contents of Lisa Andrew's macbook and three data CDs (photos and documents were transferred to networked storage. PBP event photos and two videos were transferred from Kenzie Johnson's Google Drive files.

      Videos on DVDs have not yet been copied.

      Physical characteristics:

      This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

      As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

      Search Terms
      CDs

      Computer media

      DVD video discs

      Literature and resources on birth, gender and sexuality, and incarceration
      2003-2017
      10 folders(10 folder)
      Box 1
      Conference materials and notes
      2009-2017
      16 folders(16 folders)
      Box 1
      Partner organization files
      2010-2017
      8 folders(8 folders)
      Box 1
      Prison Birth Project general organization information
      2009-2017
      10 folders(10 folders)
      Box 2
      Prison Birth Project forms
      2014-2016
      6 folders(6 folders)
      Box 2
      Board and organization notes and correspondence
      2014-2017
      3 folders(3 folders)
      Box 2
      Event pamphlets, guest lists, and information
      2008-2017
      7 folders(7 folders)
      Box 2
      Mothers Among Us session notes, forms, and reading materials
      approximately 2010-2014
      3 folders(3 folders)
      Box 2
      Mothers Among Us writing workshops and essays
      2003-2010
      1 folders(1 folders)
      Box 2
      Mothers Among Us volunteer coordination
      approximately 2008-2014
      1 folders(1 folders)
      Box 2
      Collages and drawings
      approximately 2014
      2 folders(2 folders)
      Box 2
      Client writings, poetry from the Voices from Inside writing group
      approximately 2008-2016
      4 folders(4 folders)
      Box 2
      Prison doula information and training
      2008-2017
      9 folders(6 folders and 3 booklets)
      Box 3
      Childbirth Education program handouts and notes
      2009-2016
      4 folders(4 folders)
      Box 3
      Pregnancy and labor resources
      2002-2016
      10 folders(10 folders)
      Box 3
      Postpartum and parenting resources
      1993-2016
      18 folders(18 folders)
      Box 3
      Baby onesies with handwritten slogans
      ca.approximately 2008-2016
      6 items(6 onesies)
      Box 4
      Financial and insurance papers
      2010-2018
      9 folders(9 folders)
      Box 4
      Fundraising and grant papers and correspondence
      2008-2018
      12 folders(12 folders)
      Box 4
      "Mama's Day Across Bars" cards
      2014-2016
      4 folders(4 folders)
      Box 5
      Reproductive justice advocacy information
      2005-2016
      10 folders(10 folders)
      Box 5
      Leadership development and conference material
      2009-2015
      3 folders(3 folders)
      Box 5
      Anti-shackling and prison reform advocacy papers
      2003-2017
      12 folders(12 folders)
      Box 5
      Event posters and Prison Birth Project boards
      2011-2017
      .5 linear feet(1 flat box)
      Box 6
      Poster papers from leadership planning meetings for events, future goals
      2011-2017
      3 folders(3 flat files)
      Poster papers from client and leadership workshops
      2011-2016
      3 folders(3 flat files)
      Video recordings, Prison Birth Project fundraiser
      2012-10-26
      3 items(3 DVDs)
      Box 2
      Video recording, "Prison Birth Project events"
      approximately 2010-2016
      1 items(1 DVD)
      Box 2
      Video recordings, "Prison Birth Project Secret Cafe"
      2009-10
      2 items(2 DVDs)
      Box 2
      Video, "The Motherhood Manifesto" documentary from MomsRising.org
      2006

      Box 2
      Video, "Transcending Boundaries: Strengthening Impact" by the Research and Network-Building Project Report
      2011-02
      1 items(1 DVD)
      Box 2
      approximately 2010
      1 items(1 CD)104 Megabytes(187 digital files)
      Box 2
      Scope and content:

      Files D include general administrative files such as meeting minutes, event planning, mailing lists, grant materials, publications, and graphics for print and website content. See attached file list for more details.

      Processing information:

      The contents of this data CD were copied to networked storage.

      2010-09-30
      1 items(1 CD)75 Megabytes(38 files JPG files)
      Box 2
      Processing information:

      The files on this CD were copied to networked storage.

      Photos, "Prison Birth Project Fall Fundraiser 2012"
      2012
      1 items(1 CD)309 Megabytes(106 jpg files)
      Box 2
      General

      Photos by Robin Sidel

      Processing information:

      The files on this CD were copied to networked storage.

      2008-2010
      238 Megabytes761 files (documents, spreadsheets, images, and web files)

      Scope and content:

      Files from Lisa Andrew's computer, including administrative and financial documents, contact lists, program and event planning, meeting minutes, grant and fundraising material, website planning and web content, and images. See file list attached for more detail.

      Processing information:

      The contents of Lisa Andrew's macbook was reviewed; one directory of files related to her PBP work was transferred to the archives. Personal files, as well as organizational and project files unrelated to the Prison Birth Project, were not transferred. and tThe computer was returned to the donor.

      Kenzie Johnson's Prison Birth Project photos and video
      approximately 2016-2018
      1 Gigabytes(192 jpg files; plus 3 video files)

      Scope and content:

      Includes primarily photos and a few videos of Prison Birth Project events.

      Processing information:

      These Google Drive files were shared by the creator and backed up to networked storage.

      Prison Birth Project archived website and social media
      captured 2018
      6 websites

      Processing information:

      The PBP website was first captured Feb 28, 2018; and their five social media sites were captured June 13, 2018. Archived sites are made available in the Internet Archive.

      Scope and content:

      The archived website of the Prison Birth Project (http://theprisonbirthproject.org/) was captured after the organization closed, in early 2018. The site includes information about the organization, their work, and partners. In addition, the Prison Birth Project's five social media sites (captured and archived on June 13, 2018): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube include images, video, and publicity for events, and activities,; educational posts, and resources.

      Prison Birth Project archived website
      captured 2018 February
      1 website

      Prison Birth Project archived Facebook page
      captured 2018 June
      1 website

      Prison Birth Project archived Instagram account
      captured 2018 June
      1 website

      Prison Birth Project archived Pinterest board
      captured 2018 June
      1 website

      Prison Birth Project archived Twitter feed
      captured 2018 June
      1 website

      Prison Birth Project archived YouTube page
      captured 2018 June
      1 website

      Accession 2018-S-0045. Marianne Bullock electronic records and images
      ca.approximately 2015-2018
      448 Megabytes(419 digital files)

      Scope and content:

      Marianne Bullock's Prison Birth Project administrative files, including meeting minutes, materials related to anti-shackling legislation), Doula training and curriculum materials, event planning, fundraising and grant materials. In addition there are publications, web and print media planning and content; and images, audio and video of PBP events. See file list for more details. File tpes are primarily Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, and JPG images.

      Processing information:

      Two Google Drive folders were shared with the Sophia Smith Collection, downloaded and transferred to networked storage. Two files that were in Google doc format were converted to Word (docx) for preservation; the originals were saved. Original creation/modified dates were lost upon download from Google, therefore the inclusive dates assigned to this accession were inferred from dates found in filenames and related accessions.

      Physical characteristics:

      This accession consists entirely of materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

      Accession 2018-S-0048. Lisa Andrews Prison Birth Project computer files
      2011-2018
      3 Gigabytes(3,329 digital files)

      Processing information:

      Prison Birth Project files were copied from the donor's current computer and backed up to networked storage. The donor had also made a backup from her previous computer onto her current one, and those are included in this accession.

      Scope and content:

      Prison Birth Project administrative files from Lisa Andrew's computer, includes leadership and collective meetings; organizational planning documents; program planning; anti-shackling legislation materials; correspondence; financial and fundraising records; print and web promotional materials; and files related to PBP's closing and legacy project. Images of PBP events include Doula training, Anti-Shackling training, the annual Mother's Day/Mama's Day, and Solidarity Supper.

      Physical characteristics:

      This accession consists entirely of materials in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

      Accession 2018-S-0049. Lisa Andrews Prison Birth Project Google Drive and records
      2009-2018
      .25 linear feet(1 half document box)131 Gigabytes(6,448 digital files)

      Scope and content:

      Lisa Andrews' Google Drive, including a portion of Marisa Pizii's Google Drive, includes general administrative records (staff meetings, advisory board, committee work, and financial materials); event photos and video; Powerpoint presentations; grant and fundraising materials; communication and promotional materials for print media, social media and website; planning documents for programs such as anti-shackling legislation, Doula training workshops, and Mama's Day events. There is also a small amount of paper records that includes donor correspondence, grant information, newsletters and event posters, Prison Birth Project literature, and notes pertaining to both the organization and its decision to close in 2017.

      Provenance:

      Donated by Lisa Andrews separately from other papers in this collection.

      Physical characteristics:

      This accession includes materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

      Search Terms
      Electronic records

      Correspondence from donors
      ca.approximately 2017
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Grant information, workshops, and letters
      2010-2017
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Prison Birth Project literature and program information
      2013-2016
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Prison Birth Project organization notes, including information on the decision to disband
      2011-2017
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Campaign/event letters, testimonials, donor outreach
      2009-2015
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Newsletters, sign-up forms, fundraiser invitations
      2012-2016
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Pamphlets, business cards, fundraiser cards
      2009-2016
      1 folders(1 folder)
      Box 1
      Solidarity Supper posters
      (bulk 2013, 2014)
      4 items(4 posters)
      Box 6
      approximately 2014-2018
      131 Gigabytes(6,448 digital files)

      Processing information:

      The contents of Lisa Andrew' PBP Google drive folder was transferred to the archives and backed up to networked storage for preservation. The original order of the files was maintained, with the exception of duplicate content that was removed.

      Scope and content:

      Lisa Andrews' Google Drive, including a portion of Marisa Pizii's Google Drive, includes general administrative records (staff meetings, advisory board, committee work, and financial materials); event photos and video; Powerpoint presentations; grant and fundraising materials; communication and promotional materials for print media, social media and website; planning documents for programs such as anti-shackling legislation, Doula training workshops, and Mama's Day events. See attached digital file list for details.

      Physical characteristics:

      These materials consist entirely of materials feceived from the donor in digital form and are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

      Appraisal note:

      A large amount of duplicate content (mostly photos) and a few confidential files marked to be deleted were removed from this accession before it was backed up to the storage server.

      Accession 2018-S-0059. Prison Birth Project legacy report
      2018
      45 Megabytes(1 PDF file)

      Processing information:

      This digital file (PDF) was shared by the donor via Google Drive and transferred to networked storage.

      Scope and content:

      The "Prison Birth Project Legacy Report, 2008-2017: Celebrating 10 Years of Reproductive Justice" is a 103-page document created by the PBP leadership after their closing, includes the history of the organization, with all it's successes and challenges. It was created "with the intent to tell our organization's story in hopes that it can help future activists who take up this important work."


      Search Terms
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      Subjects
      • Andrews, Lisa
      • Andrews, Lisa
      • Bullock, Marianne
      • Bullock, Marianne, AC 2014
      • Bullock, Marianne, AC 2014
      • Childbirth--United States--History--20th century--Sources
      • Johnson, Kenzie
      • Johnson, Kenzie
      • Pizii, Marisa
      • Pizii, Marisa
      • Prison Birth Project
      • Prison births
      • Prison reformers -- United States -- History -- Sources
      • Prisoners--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--History--Sources
      • Reproductive health advocates
      • Reproductive health--Massachusetts--History--Sources
      • Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts
      • Women prisoners -- Abuse of -- United States
      • Women prisoners -- Family relationships -- United States
      • Women prisoners--Massachusetts

      Genre terms
      • Annual reports
      • CDs
      • Computer media
      • DVD video discs
      • Electronic records
      • Leaflets
      • Newspapers
      • Notes
      • Pamphlets
      • Periodicals
      • Posters
      • Publications
      • Works of art
      • correspondence
      • notebooks


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