Boston Women's Health Book Collective printed collection, 1972-2006
Printed material about women's health sent to and collected by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective from around the world and from other locations in the United States.
Language of Materials
Materials mostly in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the printed material in this collection is held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Extent4.63 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 + 1/2 file boxes)
Collection consists of printed material about women's health sent to and collected by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective from around the world and from other locations in the United States.
The Boston Women's Health Book Collective began in 1969 when a small group of women gathered after a workshop on women and their bodies at a Boston-area female liberation conference to talk about some crucial health issues and to confront a medical establishment viewed as paternalistic and condescending. Perhaps best known for their pioneering handbook Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971 and subsequent editions and international adaptations), the Collective helped to create worldwide networks of women involved in health education and advocacy. They also produced Ourselves and Our Children (1978), Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships (1980), and Ourselves, Growing Older, Women Aging with Knowledge and Power (1987 and 1994), among others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2011-M29
The printed material in this collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective in 2009; they were transferred from the Books Division between 2011 and 2013.
Container list: March 2011
By: Su Ciampa
Updated: January 2013
By: Anne Engelhart
- Birthing centers
- Feminism--International cooperation
- Health education--Africa
- Health education--Asia
- Health education--Europe
- Health education--Great Britain
- Health education--United States
- Libraries and women
- Reproductive health
- Women health reformers
- Women's health services
- Women--Health and hygiene
- Women--Social networks
- Boston Women's Health Book Collective printed collection, 1972-2006: A Container List
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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