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Name of Creator: The Coalition to Take Back the Night (Boston, Mass.).
Title: The Coalition to Take Back the Night records
Date: 1978-1991
Reference Code:M142
Location Code:65/3, FF4/D1
Extent: 0.35 cubic feet (1 manuscript box and 1 flat-file)
Scope and Content Abstract: This collection includes organizational, promotional and communication documents concerning the development of Boston's first Take Back the Night demonstrations. Meeting minutes, letters, brochures , flyers, press releases and pamphlets outline the goals and activities of the organization. Materials from the New York Take Back the Night event demonstrates the relationship between the Boston Take Back the Night and other similar anti-violence groups.
Historical Abstract: In 1978 a group of women from Boston area community organizations gathered to organize demonstrations opposing acts of intimidation and violence against women. The group modeled itself after an international protest movement known as “Reclaim the Night,” which began in Belgium in 1976 when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women walked through the streets carrying candles to protest the continuation of violence against women. Protesters in San Francisco held the first stateside Take Back the Night rally in 1978 following an anti-pornography conference, and cities across the United States followed suit soon after. The first Boston “Women Unite, Take Back the Night” demonstration occurred on the evening of August 26, 1978 and drew 3,000 supporters. Subsequent marches were held annually. In the 1980s and 1990s the event expanded to include panel discussions, film screening and workshops. The focus of Take Back the Night widened to include gay and lesbian rights, gender equality, sexuality in culture, and date rape education. In the 1990s colleges and universities began hosting campus Take Back the Night events; these rallies and marches continue nationally and internationally to this day.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Take Back the Night (Organization)
  • Abused women
  • Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Victims of violent crimes
  • Women -- Crimes against
Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Parmer, February 2008