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COLLECTION Identifier: 89-M204

Papers of Ann Hunter Popkin, 1968-1977


Essays, position papers, publicity, etc., of Bread and Roses, Cell 16, and other women's liberation organizations collected by Annie Popkin, founding member of Bread and Roses, activist and educator.


  • 1968-1977

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted, except that the first pages of Bread & Roses questionnaires with identifying information have been copied and the information deleted on the copies; the originals are closed to research until January 1, 2030. Readers must sign a special permission form to use the questionnaires (#13-29).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Annie Hunter Popkin retains her copyright in the papers until January 1, 2020, at which time copyright will be transferred 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. Unrestricted papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2.33 linear feet (1 carton, 2 file boxes, 1 card file box)
The collection consists of essays and position papers, notes and outlines for discussion, newsletters, leaflets, and publicity written by members of Bread and Roses, Cell 16, and other women's liberation organizations. Also included are questionnaires and interviews by Popkin with Bread and Roses members about their political and social backgrounds, membership and mailing lists, a chronology of Bread and Roses, conference material, and copies of two dissertations on aspects of the women's liberation movement.

Much of this collection was assembled and organized by Popkin as part of her research for her Ph.D. dissertation, "Bread and Roses": An Early Movement in the Development of Socialist Feminism (Brandeis, 1978). Her folder headings and arrangement of the material have been retained. The first pages of the Bread and Roses questionnaires have been copied and identifying information has been deleted on the copies; the originals are closed to research until January 1, 2030.

Folder headings are those of the donor; information added by the processor is in brackets.


A 1967 graduate of Radcliffe College, Annie Popkin was in 1969 a founding member of Bread and Roses, a women's liberation organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Made up of consciousness-raising groups devoted to increasing personal and political understanding of the status and condition of women, Bread and Roses sought to educate others by sponsoring various events, including talks at high schools and colleges, and by investigating and protesting instances of sexism. Popkin was also active in the New England Marxist-Feminist Study Group and the Boston Women's Union. A teacher and film-maker, she has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the University of Oregon, where she was acting director of women's studies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 89-M204

The papers of Ann Hunter Popkin were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ann Hunter Popkin in November 1989.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Additional papers of Ann Hunter Popkin, 1954-1979 (MC 621).


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-29
  2. Box 2: Folders 30-43
  3. Box 3: Folders 44-56
  4. Card File Box 4: History cards + mailing list

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: January 1991

By: Anne Engelhart
Link to catalog
Popkin, Ann Hunter, 1945- . Papers of Ann Hunter Popkin, 1968-1977: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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