Records of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, 1971-1999
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.04 linear feet ((3 file boxes, 1 half file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Correspondence documents requests for the Center to present at workshops, conferences, police training sessions, and health fairs; requests for employment and volunteer opportunities; request for data for research papers; and donations. One letter from a rape survivor describing her experience is present (#1.2). Most flyers and pamphlets document the Center and provide medical and legal information, advertise their services, serve as notices for events and celebrations, or warn the public of dangerous rapists who have not yet been apprehended. Financial material documents income and expenditures and provides evidence of the meager budget with which they had to work to provide services. Folder titles were created by the archivist. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
As of 2019, the center has two offices, one in Boston, Massachusetts, and the other in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and employs over 50 staff members and has over 200 volunteers. It is considered the second oldest rape crisis center in the country and the oldest in New England.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Cambridge Women's Center in April 2019.
Accession number: 2019-M70
Processed by: Mark Vassar
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library Printed Materials Division:
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center [Newsletter], 1975
By: Mark Vassar.
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Schlesinger Library General Gift Fund, the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library, and the Ellen Sears Minot Fund.
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