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National Congress of Neighborhood Women records

Repository: Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection

Collection Description (CRHP): The collection includes audio interviews of Rosalie Wysoboski and Elizabeth Sporanza and the following videos:

"Metropolitan Avenue" (documentary on Williamburg-Greenpoint neighborhood women), 1985

"Partnership in East Harlem: James Weldon Johnson Houses and National Congress of Neighborhood Women," n.d.

"Voices from the Summit: Neighborhood Women Tell their Stories" (Oregon Women's Summit, NCNW affiliate), 1997

"Working-Class Women Changing Their World" (first NCNW national conference), 1975

Collection Description (Extant): Feminist grassroots network. The primary goal of this organization was to empower poor and working-class women to become community leaders. The collection offers valuable source material for the study of working-class feminist organizing; urban studies; and women in community development. Also documented are the inner workings of grassroots organizing, with all of the personal and political dynamics that come with incorporating a feminist consciousness into an organization, where issues of class, race and ethnicity are acknowledged and openly discussed. Material includes correspondence, publications, funding proposals, photographs and audiovisual material.

Access Copy Note: The processed portion of the records is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following restriction: Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form agreeing to not identify individuals who are still living without their written permission.

Unprocessed accessions are closed.

Date(s): 1974-1999

Digital Status: No

Extent: 144 boxes (58 linear ft.)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Rosalie Wysoboski, Elizabeth Sporanza

Rights (Extant): The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the records of NCNW. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns.


African American women--Employment
Congress of Racial Equality
National Congress of Neighborhood Women
Women's rights
Working class


Sound recordings


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