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COLLECTION Identifier: 84-M18--91-M187: Vt-13

Records of Transition House, 1975-1991


Newsletters, programs, audiovisual materials, etc., of Transition House, a refuge for battered women and their children in Massachusetts.


  • Creation: 1975-1991

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. If and when Transition House Corporation is dissolved, copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. As long as the Corporation exists, materials in the collection may be copied, quoted, played, or broadcast only with permission of a representative of the Transition House Coordinating Committee, although brief quotations (250 words or fewer in any one publication) may be made with the permission of the Director of the Schlesinger Library.

Copying. Copies of the materials may not be deposited in other institutions or libraries.


2.04 linear feet ((1 carton, 2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folder, 1 slide, electronic records)

These records consist mostly of unedited video footage of battered women and staff at Transition House, footage of a Boston women's march in 1976, televised talk shows and programs relating to domestic violence, and Transition House newsletters.

All the videotapes are on 1/2" open reels, in black and white, unless otherwise indicated. Television program titles appear in quotation marks, as do titles given by the donor on the videotape label.

15vt-16vt do not exist.

Transition House's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.


Transition House was founded in 1976 when Cherie Jimenez and Chris Womendez opened their five-room apartment as a refuge for battered women and their children; it was the first shelter of its kind in Massachusetts. It has moved several times and expanded to include volunteers and paid staff offering support for legal, welfare, and housing advocacy; a crisis hotline; and outreach programs. The Dating Violence Intervention Project, initiated in 1986, is a collaboration between Transition House and Emerge, an intervention program for violent and abusive men. In 1992, the Dating Violence Intervention Project collaborated with the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council to develop a pilot program for police officers and educators. Transition House has also collaborated with Boston and Cambridge public schools to raise consciousness about battering.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 84-M18, 86-M213, 91-M187

These records of Transition House were given to the Schlesinger Library by Transition House between January 1984 and October 1991.


  1. Carton 1: 1vt-18vt
  2. Box 2: 19vt-21vt
  3. Box 3: 22vt-25vt
  4. Box 4: 26vt-27vt

Processing Information

Processed: July 1996

By: Katherine Herrlich

Transition House. Records of Transition House, 1975-1991: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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