Gloria Steinem papers – The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)


Gloria Steinem papers

Repository: Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes interviews of Steinem as well as ones she conducted of civil rights leaders, including Julian Bond, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Coretta Scott King.

Collection Description (Extant): Journalist; feminist; political activist; co-founder, Ms magazine; co-founder, Women’s Action Alliance; co-founder, Ms Foundation for Women; and co-founder, National Women’s Political Caucus. In addition to providing a complete picture of the life of an important feminist leader, the Gloria Steinem Papers document women at the grassroots level of the feminist movement, whose letters to Steinem demonstrate her role as a symbol of the changes they were experiencing in their own lives. The papers also document Steinem’s friendships and work with African-American feminists Shirley Chisholm, Florynce Kennedy and Dorothy Pitman Hughes; lesbian activists Andrea Dworkin and Kate Millett; and labor organizers such as Dolores Huerta and Karen Nussbaum. Material in the collection includes correspondence, writings, speeches, subject files, memorabilia, and photographs.

Date(s): 1940-2000 [ongoing]

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: MS 237

Extent: 237 boxes (105.75 linear ft.)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Gloria Steinem, Julian Bond, Fannie Lou Hamer, Coretta Scott King, Alice Walker, James Earl Jones

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American civil rights workers

African American women–Political activityFeminismWomen civil rights workersWomen’s rights


Sound recordings


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