Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: 74-203--2004-M15

Records of Sociologists for Women in Society, 1971-2003


Records of Sociologists for Women in Society, an organization devoted to promoting professional opportunities for women in sociology, providing job market services, exploring the contributions of sociology to the humanization of sex roles, and serving as guardian for women in the American Sociological Association.


  • Creation: 1971-2003

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Some folders are closed until the collection is processed; these are housed in Carton 18.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Sociologists for Women in Society is held by the Sociologists for Women in Society. Should the Sociologists for Women in Society cease to exist, copyright is 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


18 linear feet ((18 cartons) plus 2 photograph folders, electronic records)

The Sociologists for Women in Society records include papers of the American Sociological Association women's caucus; correspondence and editorial files of the newsletter; secretary's correspondence, reports, and minutes; membership and mailing lists; American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society candidate responses; and other records.

The records were screened by archivists Susan Earle and Marilyn Morgan; documents deemed to be confidential by Sociologists for Women in Society, and those to which access would provide an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, were removed and closed pending processing and further review. The records are unprocessed, but available for research unless otherwise noted.

The Sociologists for Women in Society'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.


Sociologists for Women in Society grew out of a women's caucus, founded by Alice Rossi, within the American Sociological Association. Organized in 1971, the organization promotes professional opportunities for women in sociology, explores the contributions that sociologists can and should make in the investigation and humanization of current sex roles, serves as a watchdog to the American Sociological Association Council, runs a job market service, and published the SWS Newsletter (1971-April 1979), and SWS Network (July 1979-May 1986). In 1986 it began publishing SWS Network News, and in 1987, the journal Gender and Society.

Physical Location

Portions of collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 74-203, 75-195, 75-327, 75-336, 75-395, 75-399, 76-166, 77-M27, 78-M160, 79-M82, 79-M221, 80-M23, 80-M27, 80-M120, 80-M157, 81-M5, 81-M222, 81-M247, 82-M7, 82-M16, 82-M109, 82-M140, 82-M187, 82-M197, 85-M113, 85-M133, 86-M2, 86-M6, 86-M232, 87-M90, 88-M188, 90-M49, 90-M55, 91-M5, 91-M104, 91-M198, 92-M106, 92-M160, 92-M185, 92-M198, 93-M104, 98-M123, 99-M190, 2000-M32, 2000-M81, 2000-M120, 2001-M195, 2001-M200, 2002-M4, 2004-M15

The records of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sociologists for Women in Society between 1974 and 2004.

Related Materials

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Alice S. Rossi Papers (MC 670).

Processing Information

Container list: April 2006

By: Susan Earle and Marilyn Morgan

Sociologists for Women in Society (U.S.). Records of Sociologists for Women in Society, 1971-2003: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA