Anti-pornography civil rights legislation collection of Rhea Becker, 1985-1993
Correspondence, legal documents, flyers, brochures, clippings, etc., relating to attempts to pass legislation defining pornography as a violation of women's civil rights in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State legislature, and Bellingham, Washington.
- Becker, Rhea (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rhea Becker is held by Rhea Becker. Upon her death, copyright transfers to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.
Extent.42 linear feet (1 file box)
The anti-pornography civil rights legislation collection of Rhea Becker contains correspondence, legal documents, flyers, brochures, clippings, and other materials relating to attempts to pass legislation defining pornography as a violation of women's civil rights in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State legislature, and Bellingham, Washington. Much of the material was collected by Becker in her role as a member of Women's Alliance Against Pornography.
Rhea Becker, a longtime journalist based in the Boston area, turned to activism in 1984 when she became involved with the city of Cambridge's anti-pornography ballot measure. She went on to work on similar ballot measures in Washington State and Minnesota. She worked as communications manager at Culture Reframed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to "solving the public health crisis of the digital age by building resilience and resistance in young people to hypersexualized media and pornography."
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2021-M193
The anti-pornography civil rights legislation collection of Rhea Becker was given to the Schlesinger Library by Rhea Becker in November 2021.
Processed: April 2022
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.
- Ordinances, Municipal--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Ordinances, Municipal--Washington--Bellingham
- Pornography--Law and Legislation--Massachusetts
- Pornography--Law and Legislation--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Pornography--Law and Legislation--Washington--Bellingham
- Women social reformers--United States
- Women's rights
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
- EAD ID
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