The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection
7 Neilson Drive; Smith College
Repository URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Repository code: mnsss
Repository description (extant): The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It was founded in 1942 to be the library's distinctive contribution to the college's mission of educating women.
Under the inspired leadership of its first director, Margaret Storrs Grierson, the Sophia Smith Collection evolved from a collection of works by women writers into a historical research collection of material documenting the lives and activities of women. In 1946 it was named in honor of the founder of Smith College.
Today, the Collection consists of approximately 650 collections (over 10,000 linear feet) of material in manuscript, print, and audiovisual formats. The holdings document the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present.
Subject strengths include birth control and reproductive rights, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement across race, class, and sexual orientation, U.S. women working abroad, the arts (especially theatre), the professions (especially journalism and social work), and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England. Many of these collections are rich sources of visual, as well as manuscript and printed material.
Repository type: University Special Collection
Gloria Steinem papers
Diana Davies papers
Dorothy Kenyon papers
Patsy T. Mink papers
Anne Burlak Timpson papers
Jane White papers
N. Beatrice Worthy papers
National Congress of Neighborhood Women records
Constance Baker Motley papers
Smith centennial study oral history project
YWCA of the U.S.A. records
New York City women community activists oral history project
Voices of feminism oral history project