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Families Collection, 1853-1980 (Bulk: 1930-1980)
4 boxes; 19 volumes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 391

Abstract:
Collection contains articles, bibliographies, books, greeting cards, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and syllabi addressing "the family," including topics such as homemakers, housework, marriage, unwed mothers, and divorce. Includes feminist critique of marriage and the family by both well-known feminists and more mainstream writers and journalists. Contains documentation of the changes in American family structures and norms that resulted from the cultural and socio-economic changes of the 1960s and 1970s.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by individuals or organizations may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
"Report from the White House Conference on Families," November 1979

"Report from the White House Conference
on Families," November 1979

The Families collection contains articles, bibliographies, books, greeting cards, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and syllabi addressing a range of topics subsumed under "the family" including homemakers, housework, marriage, unwed mothers, and divorce. The material spans the period from 1853-1980. There are a few documents from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1907 article on motherhood and a 1928 article entitled "Yashee: Motherhood and Babyhood in Soviet Russia." These items reflect the prevailing attitudes of those decades by defining marriage and motherhood as the normal and desirable goals for all women, and defining those who did not pursue marriage and motherhood as maladjusted.

The majority of the items date from the years 1960-80. Many of these documents--such as Marvin Sussman's study, The Capacity of U.S. Families in the 1970s to Provide an Appropriate Child-rearing Environment (1973) and the booklet, Eleven Million Teenagers: What Can Be Done about the Epidemic of Adolescent Pregnancies (1976) --reflect the middle-class liberal concerns and anxieties that emerged from national social programs like the Great Society and the War on Poverty. A great deal of this material presents the feminist critique of marriage and the family as it was articulated by both well known feminists and more mainstream writers and journalists. The collection contains documentation of the changes in American family structures and norms that resulted from the cultural and socio-economic changes that took place during the 1960s and 1970s. It also demonstrates the presence of a small but vocal minority of women who joined organizations such as the Martha Movement to protest women's movement away from traditional definitions of housewife and mother.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by individuals or organizations may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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:

Families Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Kate Weigand, 2001. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Bibliographies,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Children,
1979, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Economics,
circa 1970s

Box 1: folder 3
Feminist perspectives,
1970-79

Box 1: folder 4
Homemakers



General,
1967-77, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Displaced homemakers,
1979-83, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Housework,
1972-80, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Note:

[See also Jarrett Box 4 for housekeeping aids,WPA photographs, 1938]

Marriage, divorce, and desertion



Printed material



1853-1960

Box 1: folder 8-9
1899-1990s, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Legal matters,
1973-84, n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Newsletters,
1974-77

Box 2: folder 3
Newspaper clippings,
1970s, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Real Women, Real Lives,
1978

Box 2: folder 5
Women as wives,
1895-1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Motherhood



General,
1899-1970s, n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Mother at Home,
1833

Box 2: folder 8
Newspaper clippings,
1895-1970s, n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Unwed mothers,
1970s, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
White House Conference on Families,
1980

Box 3: folder 2
Women's Conference, audio recordings,
1974

Box 3: folder 3
Miscellaneous,
1969-79

Box 3: folder 4
Baby book kept by Jeanette Hellman Gerber for her two sons, David Allison and Kenneth Edward Gerber,
1944-1950

Box 4
Books on shelf:



Astell, Mary, Some Reflections upon Marriage,
1970


Carter, Mary Elizabeth, House and Home,
1904


Chavasse, Pye Henry, M.D., Wife and Mother,
1888


Child, Lydia Maria, The Frugal Housewife,
1830


Dike, Rev. Samuel W., Special Issues of the National League for the Protection of the Family for 1909



Dike, Rev. Samuel W., Some Fundamentals of the Divorce Question,
1909


Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, Concerning Children,
1900


Kerber, Judith, Families,
1978


Look, special issue on "The American Family,"
January 26, 1971


Longshore-Potts, Anna M., Love, Courtship, and Marriage,
1891


Miles, Alfred H., ed., The Household Oracle,
circa 1898


Parkes, Mrs. William, Domestic Duties,
1829


Pierson, Emma Belle D., When Things Go Wrong: A Harried Housewife's Helper
(1912)


Sangster, Margaret, The Queenly Mother,
1907


Smith, Stevenson, Madge W. Wilkinson, and Louisa C. Wagoner, Summary of the Laws of Several States Governing Marriage and Divorce of the Feebleminded...,
1914


Soyer, Alexis, The Modern Housewife or Ménagerè,
1849


Van de Velde, T.H., Sex Hostility in Marriage,
1931


White House Conference, 1930: Addresses and Abstracts of Committee Reports of the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, called by President Herbert Hoover,
1931



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Subjects
  • Child rearing--History--Sources
  • Displaced homemakers--History--Sources
  • Divorce--History--Sources
  • Divorced mothers--History--Sources
  • Eugenics--History--Sources
  • Family--History--Sources
  • Feminism--History--United States--Sources
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
  • Househusbands--History--Sources
  • Housewives--History--Sources
  • Marriage counseling--United States--History--Sources
  • Marriage--History--Sources
  • Married women--History--Sources
  • Motherhood--History--Sources
  • National Organization for Women--History
  • Sterilization (birth control)--History--Sources
  • Teenage pregnancy--United States--History--Sources
  • Weddings--History--Sources
  • Women--Psychology--History--Sources
  • Working mothers--United States--History--Sources

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection


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