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Creator:Somerville Women's Educational Center, Inc.
Title:Somerville Women's Educational Center, Inc. records
Dates:1975-1983 (bulk 1977-1981)
Call Number:M26
Volume:2.25 cubic ft. (7 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The Somerville Women's Educational Center (SWC) records document the center's formation, day-to-day operations, sponsored projects and events, and governance. Records were collected by organization members, Janet Kahn, Madge Kaplan, and Joyce Kauffman, and date from 1975 to 1983.  Of special interest are the detailed logs that describe the day-to-day work of SWC's staff, volunteers, and users. In addition, there is material focusing on the events and projects sponsored by SWC, including auctions, benefits, forums, groups for mothers, and various support groups. Records of the Somerville Women Against Rape project include articles, correspondence, and minutes. Subject files include articles, brochures, fliers, legislative priorities, magazines and newsletters relating to alternative films, battered women, child care, children, other women's centers, rape, welfare and women's health and safety.
Historical Abstract:The Somerville Women's Educational Center (SWC) was founded in 1976 and incorporated the following year. It emerged from an idea of the planning group of the Somerville Women's Fair, and in the fall of 1976, 40 women met to form committees to organize the Center. Several groups and projects evolved out of the Center, including the Matching Services Project, the Mothers Group, and the Women's Chorus. One of SWC's largest projects was the Somerville Women Against Rape. A combination of factors, particularly the lack of stable financial backing, led to the Center's closing in 1983.
Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Administration; and 2. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Somerville Women's Educational Center

  • Women's Educational Center
  • Women -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Somerville
  • Women's rights

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Abortion Action Coalition records (M21), Boston Women's Music Collective records (M22), Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.) records (M47)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Deborah A. Richards, July 1998