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Creator: Ready, Kelley.
Title:Kelley Ready papers
Dates:1981-1994 (bulk 1985-1989)
Call Number:M88
Location:68/4
Volume:1.00 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Kelley Ready papers document Ready's commitment to the work of human rights organizations on behalf of women in Latin American countries, especially El Salvador, between 1981 and 1994. The collection includes records from Building with the Voiceless of El Salvador (BVES), CoMadres, Friends of CoMadres, and Women's International Network for Development and Democracy (WINDS) in El Salvador, among many others. Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, posters, budgets, meeting minutes, bulletins, and testimonies. Of particular interest are records relating to the New England tour of El Salvadorian representatives, America Sosa and Maria Teresa Tula, who were imprisoned and tortured by the El Salvadorian government.
Historical Abstract:Kelley Ready is a human rights activist and anthropology professor. She was especially active in the organization Friends of Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador, Monsignor "Oscar Arnulfo Romero" (CoMadres). This group supports the parent organization CoMadres by writing letters, holding meetings and events to make their struggles known, and providing financial support. The main organization was founded in December 1977 by El Salvadorian women as a support group to help women find family members who had been abducted by the El Salvadorian government as political prisoners. The group also worked with other organizations, including Latin American Federation of Families of Disappeared Prisoners (FEDEFAM), and Building with the Voiceless of El Salvador (BVES). They also helped to create the Women's International Network for Development and Democracy in El Salvador in 1990. Ready was a visiting assistant professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Anthropology from 2000 to 2002.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ready, Kelley
  • Sosa, America
  • Tula, Maria Teresa

  • Building with the Voiceless of El Salvador (BVES)
  • Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero (CoMadres)
  • Friends of CoMadres
  • Women's International Network for Development and Democracy in El Salvador (WINDS)

  • El Salvador -- Politics and government -- 1979-1992
  • Women -- Societies and clubs
  • Women -- Central America
  • Women political activists -- Central America
  • Women -- Violence against -- Central America
  • Women's rights -- Central America
  • Civil rights -- El Salvador
  • Feminism -- El Salvador
  • State-sponsored terrorism -- El Salvador -- History -- 20th century

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Karen Arnold, May 2003