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90-M153--2003-M133; T-434

Women Against Pornography. Records of Women Against Pornography, 1979-1989: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 90-M153--2003-M133; T-434
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women Against Pornography
Title: Records of Women Against Pornography, 1979-1989
Date(s): 1979-1989
Quantity: 15.42 linear feet (15 cartons, two half file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, studies, press releases, audiotapes, etc., of Women Against Pornography, established to educate men and women about what it saw as the essence of pornography: the degradation, objectification, and brutalization of women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 90-M153, 2003-M133. Accession number 2003-M133 was added in April 2017.
These records of Women Against Pornography were given to the Schlesinger Library by Women Against Pornography in September 1990. The audiotapes were probably purchased by the Schlesinger Library in the late 1980s.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: November 1997
By: Susan von Salis
Updated: April 2017
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. One half file box of records containing letters with the sensitive content is temporarily CLOSED to research. Researchers wishing to see the remaining records must first sign a special form. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Women Against Pornography retains copyright in the records for 25 years or until the deaths of founders Dolores Alexander, Susan Brownmiller, and Dorchen Leidholdt, whichever occurs first.
Copying. Open papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Women Against Pornography Records, 1979-1989; item description, dates. 90-M153--2003-M133, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

Founded in 1979 by Susan Brownmiller and others, Women Against Pornography sought to educate men and women about what it saw as the essence of pornography: the degradation, objectification, and brutalization of women. To this end it offered slide shows and lectures, maintained a referral service for victims of sexual exploitation, compiled statistics, organized protests, and sponsored tours of New York City's Times Square area. Women Against Pornography was disbanded in 1990.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection includes correspondence, reports and studies, press releases, published and unpublished articles, material re: pornography legislation and sex discrimination cases, audiotapes of a 1987 conference, and clippings. Material received in 2003 (accession number 2003-M13) was added to the collection in April 2017 and is housed in Box 17.
The folder titles are those of Women Against Pornography; information added by the archivist appears in square brackets.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

Pornography--Social aspects--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Sex in mass media--United States
Sexual ethics--United States--Congresses

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