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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1097

Papers of Bette L. Waters, 1975-2012


Diaries of midwife and author, Bette L. Waters, written between 1975 and 2012, and a copy of the screenplay of Vaginal Politics Waters wrote with Barry Dunleavey.


  • 1975-2012

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bette L. Waters is held by Bette L. Waters. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.46 linear feet ((3+1/2 file boxes), plus 1 archived web site)

The papers of Bette L. Waters contain Waters's diaries written between 1975 and 2012, and a copy of the screenplay of Vaginal Politics Waters wrote with Barry Dunleavey. Waters's web site is being captured periodically as part of Schlesinger Library's web archiving program. Materials are arranged alphabetically.


Midwife and author, Bette L. Waters graduated from Lauder University and South Carolina School of Nurse-Midwifery. She worked as a midwife in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico from 1983 to 2001, when she retired in order to write full time. She is the author of several books including, Massage During Pregnancy, Sooo, You're Pregnant, Dream Boat Cruising, and Vaginal Politics, A Midwife's Story, An Oral History by Judy Lee as told to Bette Waters, which was adapted as a screenplay by Waters and Barry Dunleavey in 2008.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2013-M81, 2016-M152

The papers of Bette L. Waters were given to the Schlesinger Library by Bette L. Waters in April 2013 and August 2016.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2020

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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