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Sophia Smith Collection topical collection on women's health, (Bulk: 1860s-1980s)1818-2004
3.75 linear feet (5 boxes)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00394

Abstract:
An artificial collection documenting 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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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

Scope and Contents

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.

This collection is organized into three series based on format, and alphabetically by topic or author thereunder.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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:

Sophia Smith Collection topical collection on women's health, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Special Collection, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

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

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
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
1. General resources
1818-2004


Articles, printed material


Box 1: folder 1
Bibliography


Box 1: folder 2
Care of infants and children: pamphlets
1926-28 undated

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); Women's Health Counseling Service, Springfield (MA); Women's Health Care Collective, Florence (MA); New Hampshire Feminist Health Center; Somerville (MA) Women's Health Center


Box 1: folder 8
Clitoridectomy: articles
1818-1923 undated

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 undated

Box 1: folder 10b
Menstruation: Kotex flyer and "Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday" pamphlet
1944 1931

Box 1: folder 10b
Organizations



Coalition for the Medical Rights of Women


Box 1: folder 11
General

[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 undated

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
General

[see also books on shelf for later edition]

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



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

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

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

Box 4
2. Oversize materials
1919-1979


"Chart C: Overcoming weaknesses of women," Olympian System of exercises
1919

Box 5
Feminist Women's Health Center (Los Angeles): miscellaneous printed materials
1971-72

Box 5
"The Feminist Women's Health Center Report," Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center, undated issue and volume 1, number 2
undated 1975

Box 5
WomenWise the New Hampshire Feminist Health Center Quarterly
1978-79

Box 5
3. Books
1871-1993


Baker, Dorothy, All About the Yeast Beast
1985

Box 5
Bissell, Mary Taylor, MD, Physical Development and Exercise for Women
1891

Box 5
Blackwell, Antoinette Brown, Sexes Throughout Nature
1875

Box 5
Boston Women's Health Collective


Box 4
Our Bodies, Ourselves (2 editions)
1973 1976

Box 4
The New Our Bodies Ourselves
1984

Box 4
Cooke, Cynthia W., M.D. and Susan Dworkin, The Ms. Guide to a Woman's Health
1979

Box 4
Duffey, Mrs. E.D., What Women Should Know
1884

Box 4
Ehrenreich, Barbara and Deirdre English, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
1973

Box 5
Haynes, Jim and Palse-Green, Jeanne, Hello I Love You
1974

Box 4
Hosken, Fran, Female Sexual Mutilations: The Facts and Proposals for Action. An Action Guide. (Lexington, MA. Women's International Network News)
1980

Box 4
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

Box 4
Lane, William, Safer Motherhood
ca.1934

Box 5
Lowry, E.B. Dr., Confidences: Tales from a Young Girl Concerning Herself
1919

Box 5
MacKeith, Nancy, ed., The New Women's Health Handbook. (London, Virago
1978

Box 4
Napheys, George H., The Physical Life of Woman: Advice to the Maiden, Wife, and Mother 1871 (pages missing; 2 copies)
1871

Box 5
Pancoast, S., et al., Beautiful Womanhood Guide to Mental and Physical Development
1905



Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

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

Genre terms
  • Advertisements
  • Books
  • Leaflets
  • Pamphlets
  • Publicity
  • Research
  • Surveys
  • articles
  • clippings
  • reports


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