Valley Women's History Collaborative Records, 1971-2008

MS 531

15 boxes (10 linear ft.)

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During the early phases of second wave feminism (1968-1978), the Pioneer Valley served as a center for lesbian and feminist activity in western Massachusetts, and was home to over 400 hundred, often ad hoc, groups, such as the Abortion and Birth Control (ABC) Committee, ISIS Women's Center, the Mudpie Childcare Cooperative, and the Springfield Women's Center. The records of the Valley Women's History Collaborative document the activities of these groups as well as the efforts of the founders of the Women Studies program and department at UMass Amherst to preserve this history.

Organization of Collection

  • Oral histories, 1999-2004
  • Series 2: Administrative, 1999-2008
  • Series 3: Research Materials and Subject Files, 1971-2008
  • Series 4: Audio, 1999-2008
  • Series 5: Memorabilia , 1977-1997

Collection Details




Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Information on Use

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research.