Valley Women's Union Records

1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 201
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Organization based in Northampton, Massachusetts, whose purpose was to unify groups that were working for political change beneficial to women. Records include newsletters, agendas for meetings, reports, position papers, and mailings.

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Background on Valley Women's Union

The Valley Women's Union was established in 1974 by members of the Valley Women's Center, Northampton, Massachusetts, who were committed to political change benefiting women. They were concerned that the Valley Women's Center had become a static umbrella organization and that many of its formerly vital functions had been absorbed by local social service agencies.

The purpose of the new organization was to unify groups working for political change, and to initiate action intended to bring about change.

Scope of collection

Records include newsletters, agendas for meetings, reports, position papers, and mailings, 1974-1976.

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.


Acquired from Dale Melcher, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1986.




Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Valley Women's Union Records (MS 201). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms


  • Feminism--Massachusetts--Pioneer Valley--History--Sources.
  • Feminists--Massachusetts--Pioneer Valley--Political activity--History--Sources.
  • Social change--Political activity--Massachusetts--Pioneer Valley--History--Sources.
  • Valley Women's Union (Northampton, Mass.)--Archives.
  • Women--Massachusetts--Pioneer Valley--Political activity --History--Sources.


  • Valley Women's Union [main entry]

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