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Health Collection, 1818-1990s (Bulk: 1860s-1980s)
5 boxes; 11 books (3.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 394

Abstract:
Documents the evolution of medical and scientific thinking and practice relating to women's health. Topics include abortion, birth control, childbirth, eugenics, female genital mutilation, lactation, infant mortality, marriage instruction, mental hygiene, motherhood, nutrition, obstetrics, sexuality, sterilization, and AIDS. Types of materials include printed material, research materials, reports, and surveys.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This subject collection documents the evolution of medical and scientific thinking and practice relating to women's health from 1818-1990s. There are small amounts of material on such topics as abortion, birth control, childbirth, eugenics, female genital mutilation, lactation, infant mortality, marriage instruction, mental hygiene, motherhood, nutrition, obstetrics, sexuality, sterilization, and AIDS. Types of materials include articles, books, advertisements, clippings, research materials, reports, surveys, pamphlets, and newsletters from a wide range of authors ranging from misogynist to feminist.


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.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

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

History of the Collection

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

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Katie Kowinski, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Portions of collection are unprocessed (noted in contents list).


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
GENERAL



Articles, printed material


Box 1: folder 1
Bibliography


Box 1: folder 2
Care of infants and children: pamphlets,
1926-28, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2a
Childbirth


Box 1: folder 3
Clinics



General


Box 1: folder 4
Easter Women's Center, New York


Box 1: folder 5
Feminist Women's Health Centers


Box 1: folder 6
Women's Community Health Center, Cambridge (MA)


Box 1: folder 7
Vermont Women's Health Center, Burlington (VT)


Box 1: folder 8
Women's Health Counseling Service, Springfield (MA)


Box 1
Women's Health Care Collective, Florence (MA)


Box 1
New Hampshire Feminist Health Center


Box 1
Somerville (MA) Women's Health Center


Box 1
Clitoridectomy: articles,
1818-1923, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Health Care system: articles, printed material


Box 1: folder 10
Hormone therapy: correspondence,
1960

Box 1: folder 10a
Maternity clothes: pamphlets,
1921-28, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10b
Menstruation



Kotex flyer,
1944

Box 1: folder 10c
"Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday": pamphlet,
1931

Box 1
Organizations



Coalition for the Medical Rights of Women


Box 1: folder 11
Note:

[See also Periodicals: Second Opinion]

National Institute of Mental Health: Women's World


Box 1: folder 12
National Woman's Health Network


Box 1: folder 13
Women's Health Forum


Box 1: folder 14
Pregnancy: pamphlets
1926, n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
Our Bodies Ourselves, ed. Boston Women's Health Collection 1st ed. (1970) and second printing (1971)
1970-71

Box 1a: folder 1
Surveys, research


Box 1a: folder 2
Women's Health Day: proceedings,
1980, 1991

Box 1a: folder 3
Campaign for Women's Health
(1991)

Box 1a: folder 4
March for Women's Lives,
2004

Box 1a: folder 5
WOMEN AND AIDS [UNPROCESSED]



Conference papers, published articles, reports (1-319) with index, 2 books, buttons, pamphlets, and stickers,
circa 1980s-90s

Box 2
Conference papers, published articles, and reports (Western Massachusetts focus),
circa 1980s-90s

Box 3
Conference papers, published articles, and reports (some New Jersey material),
1980s-90s

Box 4
BOOKS ON SHELF



Bissell, Mary Taylor, MD., Physical Development and Exercise for Women,
(1891)


Blackwell, Antoinette Brown, Sexes Throughout Nature,
(1875)


Boston Women's Health Collective, The New Our Bodies Ourselves,
(1984)


Cooke, Cynthia W., M.D. and Susan Dworkin, The Mrs. Guide to a Woman's Health,
(1979)


Duffey, Mrs. E.D., What Women Should Know,
(1884)


Ehrenreich, Barbara and Deirdre English, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
(1973)


Hosken, Fran, Female Sexual Mutilations: The Facts and Proposals for Action. An Action Guide. (Lexington, MA. Women's International Network News,
1980)


Hosken, Fran. The Hosken Report, Genital and Sexual Mutilation of Females, (Second enlarged edition. Lexington, MA. Women's International Network News,and Fourth edition,
1979 1993)


Lane, William, Safer Motherhood
(n.d., circa 1934)


Lowry, E.B. Dr., Confidences: Tales From a Young Girl Concerning Herself
(1919)


MacKeith, Nancy, ed., The New Women's Health Handbook. (London, Virago,
1978)


Napheys, George H., The Physical Life of Woman: Advice to the Maiden, Wife and Mother. (Philadelphia, George Maclean, (pages missing; 2 copies)
1871)


Pancoast, S., et al., Beautiful Womanhood Guide to Mental and Physical Development. (Chicago, Ziedler,
1905)


Rubin, Herman, Eugenics and Sex Harmony: The Sexes, Their Relations and Problems
(1933)


Rush, Ann Kent,Getting Clear: Body Work for Women
(1973)


Samuels, Mike and Hal Bennett, The Well Body Book
(1973)


Shew, Joel, M.D., Letters to Women on Midwifery and the Diseases of Women
(1878)



Search Terms
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Subjects
  • AIDS (Disease) in women
  • Abortion--History
  • Birth control--History--20th century
  • Breast feeding--History
  • Child care--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Childbirth--History
  • Eugenics--History
  • Female circumcision--Developing countries
  • Infants--Mortality--History
  • Marriage--History
  • National Women's Health Network (U.S.)
  • Nutrition--Women--History
  • Obstetrics--History
  • Sterilization (birth control)--History
  • Women's health services--History
  • Women--Health and hygiene--History
  • Women--Mental health--History
  • Women--Sexual behavior--History

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection


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