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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 244; Vt-126; CD-7

Papers from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, 1974-2005

Papers delivered at the conferences of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

Dates

  • 1974-2005

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. Some papers have specific restrictions on access; these are noted in the inventory. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers in this collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. Some papers have specific restrictions on photocopying; these are noted in the inventory.

Extent

12.93 linear feet ((28 file boxes, 6 half file boxes) plus one videotape, one compact disc)

At the 1972 regular meeting of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Lois Banner and Mary Hartman suggested that, in view of the increased interest in women's history, the organization sponsor a conference in that field. The group agreed and the two historians organized the first Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, which was held at Rutgers University in 1973. The papers of this conference were not collected at the Schlesinger Library; some were published in Clio's Consciousness Raised: New Perspectives on the History of Women, edited by Mary S. Hartman and Lois Banner (New York, Harper & Row, 1974).

Series I, Second Conference, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 1974, consists of papers given at the second conference, held at Radcliffe College. All the speakers were invited to submit copies of their papers and most of them did so. Like the Berkshire Conferences on the History of Women, they concern women the world over and throughout history. Some of the papers were deposited with restrictions on access, photocopying or publication; any such restrictions are noted in the inventory. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series II, Third Conference, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June, 1976, contains papers given at the Third Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Bryn Mawr College. A conference program (#3.1) and a report on the conference (#5.38) are also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series III, Fourth Conference, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, August 1978, contains papers given at the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Mt. Holyoke College. A conference program (#7.24) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series IV, Fifth Conference, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, June 1981, contains papers given at the Fifth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Vassar College. A conference program (#8.1) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series V, Sixth Conference, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, June 1-3, 1984, contains papers given at the Sixth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Smith College. A conference program (#13.x) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series VI, Seventh Conference, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 19-21, 1987, contains papers given at the Seventh Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Wellesley College. A conference program (#16.1) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series VII, Eighth Conference, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Campus, Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 8-10, 1990, contains papers given at the Eighth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Douglass College of Rutgers University. A conference program (#19.1) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series VIII, Ninth Conference, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, June 11-13, 1993, contains papers given at the Ninth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Vassar College. A conference program (#21.1) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series IX, Tenth Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 7-9, 1996, contains papers given at the Tenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A conference program (#233.18) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series X, Eleventh Conference, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, June 4-6, 1999, contains papers given at the Eleventh Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at the University of Rochester. A conference program (#27.1) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series XI, Twelfth Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, June 6-9, 2002, contains papers given at the Twelfth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at the University of Connecticut. A conference program (#29.30) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series XII, Thirteenth Conference, Scripps College, Claremont, California, June 2-5, 2005, contains papers given at the Thirteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at Scripps College. A conference program (#33.18) is also included. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author.

HISTORY

The Berkshire Conferences on the History of Women (BCHW) are sponsored by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (BCWH), though many members of the BCWH do not specialize in women's history.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in twelve series:
  1. Series I. Second Conference, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 1974
  2. Series II. Third Conference, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June, 1976
  3. Series III. Fourth Conference, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, August 1978
  4. Series IV. Fifth Conference, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, June 1981
  5. Series V. Sixth Conference, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, June 1-3, 1984
  6. Series VI. Seventh Conference, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 19-21, 1987
  7. Series VII. Eighth Conference, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Campus, Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 8-10, 1990
  8. Series VIII. Ninth Conference, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, June 11-13, 1993
  9. Series IX. Tenth Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 7-9, 1996
  10. Series X. Eleventh Conference, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, June 4-6, 1999
  11. Series XI. Twelfth Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, June 6-9, 2002
  12. Series XII. Thirteenth Conference, Scripps College, Claremont, California, June 2-5, 2005

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by the conference speakers.

Related Material:

The Schlesinger Library also holds the records of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (MC 606).

Processing Information

Container list updated: January 2013

By: Jenny Gotwals and Camille Owens.
Link to catalog
Title
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. Papers from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, 1974-2005: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00446

Repository Details

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