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Creator: Women Against Violence Against Women.
Title:Women Against Violence Against Women records
Dates:1972-1985
Call Number:M25
Location:71/2
Volume:1.75 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Women Against Violence Against Women collection consists of records collected by organization members Gail Hanon and Ellen Herman. The Administration series focuses on the group's activities, formation, and operation as a grassroots organization. It includes correspondence between the organization and its supporters, film and record executives, and anti-violence organizations; information on publicity efforts, including press packets and posters; material documenting the group's organizing principles; and fliers and newsletters from the national office and other branches. Of special interest are Women Against Violence Against Women's boycotts of film and record companies. The Subject Files series comprises the research material used by Women Against Violence Against Women. Included are articles, bibliographies, brochures, essays, and newsletters relating to issues on battered women, boycotts, censorship, child sexual abuse, family violence, the film industry, pornography, rape, the recording industry, sadomasochism, and television. Information concerning the Boston Chapter's interaction with other anti-violence against women's organizations such as Women Against Pornography and Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media are included in the collection.
Historical Abstract:The Boston chapter of Women Against Violence Against Women was founded in 1977, a year after the national organization was founded in Los Angeles by anti-pornography activist Marcia Womongold. The Boston chapter was formed in response to a billboard advertisement for "Black and Blue" by the Rolling Stones. Women Against Violence Against Women protested the glorification and acceptance of violence against women as promoted by the film and recording industries. In 1978, the Boston chapter became affiliated with the Women's Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it held its regular meetings. The Boston chapter of Women Against Violence Against Women disbanded in 1984.
Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Administration; and 2. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Women Against Violence Against Women (Boston, Mass.)
  • Women's Center (Cambridge, Mass.)

  • Motion picture industry
  • Sound recording industry
  • Violence -- Press Coverage
  • Women -- Crimes Against
  • Women's rights

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:A microfilmed version of the Women Against Violence Against Women records is located in the Archives Faculty Publications Collection filed under Grassroots Feminist Organizations.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Deborah Richards, Sarah Gray; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, July 1998, November 1999, June 2007; updated by Anna J. Cook, July 2010.