Alternatives For Battered Women

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Alternatives for Battered Women Collection
Creator: Alternatives for Battered Women (Organization)
Call Number: D.237
Dates: 1976-1990
Physical Description: 2 scrapbooks, 15 audio tapes, 1 envelope
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Collection Overview
Title: Alternatives for Battered Women Collection
Creator: Alternatives for Battered Women (Organization)
Call Number: D.237
Dates: 1976-1990
Physical Description: 2 scrapbooks, 15 audio tapes, 1 envelope
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Inspired by an article on battered women that appeared in the August, 1976 issue of Ms., Helen French organized a meeting on December 16, 1976 of women from Rochester's educational, nursing, and mental health communities. Also attending were representatives from church groups, local chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and other organizations. They founded Alternatives for Battered Women (originally called The Coalition for Battered Women) with the objective of providing women victims of domestic violence and their children with shelter and other services.

Scope and Content
The Alternatives for Battered Women Collection consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Lura Carstens and Marion Strand of material that documents the history of Alternatives for Battered Women. Many of the records are from the files of Helen French. The scrapbooks include originals and photocopies of news clippings, meeting minutes, speeches, reports, and other relevant materials. Volume 1 covers the years 1976 to 1978; volume 2, 1978 to 1984, with some items dated 1989 and 1990.

Also included in the collection are fifteen audio tapes of interviews done in 1990 by Carstens and Strand with the following people who participated in the founding of Alternatives for Battered Women: Mary Louise Bater, Susan Costa, Elaine Greene, Merrilyn Parks, Isabel Passero, John Perry, Florence Phillips, Helen Telfer, and Beth Van Fossen. Scrapbook 2 contains notes taken during some of the interviews.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Abused women--Services for
Speeches
Newspaper clippings
Minutes (Records)
Interviews
Alternatives for Battered Women (Organization)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lura Carstens, Helen French, and Marion Strand, September 30, 1992.Access
The Alternatives for Battered Women Collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Alternatives for Battered Women Collection, D.237, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Further background information on the organization can be found in The Founding of Alternatives for Battered Women 1976-1977 by Lura Carstens and Marion Strand. One copy has been cataloged for the book collection; two copies are with the manuscript collection.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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