Additional records of New Words, 1974-2003
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
4.17 linear feet ((10 file boxes) plus 4 folio+ folders, 2 photograph folders, 1 videotape, 38 objects, and electronic records.)
Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE, FINANCIAL, PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL, AND SPECIAL EVENTS,1974-2003 (#1.1-10.27, F+D.1-F+D.4, PD.1-PD.2, Vt-249.1, E.1), includes administrative, financial, promotional material, and special event files. Administrative files include correspondence and a log book documenting daily activities of staff and managers; building leases; personnel files; un-cataloged staff photographs and un-cataloged photographs of the interior and exterior of New Words; and strategic planning files, which are evidence of the transition of New Words from a women's bookstore in ca.2002 to the Center for New Words. Financial files include grant material related to the Ford Foundation; planning files for fund-raising, and book order files that document the methods that schools and conference organizers used to supply books to students and audiences during the period of the 1970s-1990s. Promotional material includes advertisements, bookmarks, flyers, posters, and press coverage documenting the efforts of New Words to promote itself as a women's bookstore locally, nationally, and globally. Special event files include individual and group readings among other events. Author reading files include correspondence between New Words representatives and authors, information forms about authors and books, publicity material from publishing companies, un-cataloged publicity photographs, and clippings. Series I also includes the New Words web site, which is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX). Items in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series II, MEMORABILIA, 1977-1998 (#10.28m-10.32m, Mem.1-Mem.2, F+D.1-F+D.4), contains objects such as bookstore banners; bumper stickers; and feminist, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights buttons, among other items. Items are arranged alphabetically by type of object.
A selection of photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*]. The collection also includes audiotapes (T-473) and a videotape (Vt-169) which will be described separately.
- Series I. Administrative, financial, promotional material, and special events, 1974-2003 (#1.1-10.27, F+D.1-F+D.4, PD.1-PD.2, Vt-249.1, E.1)
- Series II. Memorabilia, 1977-1998 (#10.28m-10.32m, Mem.1-Mem.2)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The additional records of New Words were given to the Schlesinger Library by New Words between October 2005 and April 2010.
By: Mary O. Murphy, with the assistance of Suzanna Calev.
- Business records
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Electronic records
- Feminism--United States
- Feminist literature--United States
- Financial records
- Web sites
- Women authors
- Women in the book industries and trade--United States
- Women's studies--United States
- Women--Social networks
- Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- New Words. Additional Records of New Words, 1974-2003: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from generous supporters of the Schlesinger Library to the Maximum Access Fund.
- EAD ID
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