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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, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Pr-15
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Boston Women's Health Book Collective printed collection, 1972-2006
Date(s): 1972-2006
Quantity: 4.63 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 + 1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials mostly in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Abstract: 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.

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.

Processing Information:

Container list: March 2011
By: Su Ciampa
Updated: January 2013
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

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.

Preferred Citation:

Boston Women's Health Book Collective printed collection, 1972-2006; item description, dates. Pr-15, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Birthing centers
Feminism--International cooperation
Feminists
Health education--Africa
Health education--Asia
Health education--Europe
Health education--Great Britain
Health education--United States
Libraries and women
Reproductive health
Women--Health and hygiene
Women--Social networks
Women health reformers
Women's health services

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