Mary L. Wentworth Papers

1966-1997
7 boxes (11 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 522
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The activist Mary Wentworth has worked throughout New England on behalf of a variety of progressive causes, beginning with the antiwar and feminist movements in the 1960s and 1970s and working against racism and other forms of discrimination, militarism, patriarchy, corporate power, and U.S. imperialism. In 1984, she ran for U.S. Congress against long-term incumbent Silvio O. Conte, winning almost thirty percent of the vote in a district in which Conte had run unopposed.



The Wentworth Papers include records relating to her congressional campaign against Conte, material on U.S. involvement in Central America during the 1980s, and other issues of concern throughout her career.

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Background on Mary Wentworth

An activist for social justice and peace, Mary L. Wentworth was born in Maine on April 15, 1929. Following her undergraduate work at Smith College, Wentworth parlayed her linguistic skills into a job in 1951 with the top secret Armed Forces Security Agency in Washington, D.C. But it was only after marrying Alexander Maccoll, an educator, in 1952 and moving to Philadelphia, Pa., that Wentworth was drawn into social activism. Galvanized initially by the civil rights movement and the desire to confront racism, she began to get involved in antiwar protests during the 1960s and became an ardent feminist by the end of the decade.

After divorcing her husband in 1973, reclaiming her maiden name, and relocating to Amherst, Massachusetts, Wentworth began to delve deeper into social justice work. Among her more important commitments, she worked at the new Everywoman's Center at UMass Amherst during the late 1970s and early 1980s and she became director of the Poor Woman's Task Force. The list of organizations she was involved with is both long and exceedingly diverse, ranging from Colonial Village Tenants Union, to the NAACP, the Nuclear Freeze Campaign, CPPAX, and the Grey Panthers, and she particularly drawn to anti-poverty activism and the anti-imperialist struggle that grew around U.S. intervention in Central America during the Reagan years. She was arrested in 1979 during the protests at the Seabrook nuclear power plant and again during antiwar protests at Westover Air Force Base in 1985.

In addition to issue-oriented activism, Wentworth has been drawn at several points into formal politics. A regular presence in Amherst town meeting, she has had a deep engagement with local issues surrounding education, poverty, and housing, though most famously, she opposed thirteen-term Republican Congressman Silvio O. Conte for his seat in the House of Representatives. Although Conte occupied the liberal end of the Republican spectrum and was popular enough that he often ran unchallenged, Wentworth was highly critical of his stance on social issues and his record of cutting funding for social programs. In 1984, she won the Democratic nomination and ran as a peace candidate in a bid to unseat the congressman, who was completing his thirteenth term in office. Although the Democratic Party seemed little interested in opposing a powerful politician like Conte, especially with a long-shot candidate, Wentworth nevertheless won a comparatively strong 27% share of the vote.

An internationalist, Wentworth traveled widely during the 1970s and 1980s, including early trips to the People's Republic of China (1974) to Central America, Cuba (1978), and Europe. A writer, she is a frequent contributor to the Hampshire Daily Gazette and the Valley Advocate, and has written an autobiography Discovering America: A Political Journey (2003). She currently lives in Amherst.

Scope of collection

Spanning her long and diverse career as an activist, Mary Wentworth's papers include records relating to her electoral campaign against long-term Republican incumbent congressman Silvio O. Conte, material on U.S. involvement in Central America during the 1980s, and other issues of concern throughout her career.

Series descriptions

In anticipation of the 1982 primary elections, Wentworth made a bid for Silvio O. Conte's seat in the House of Representatives. Citing what she considered to be Conte's political failures to adequately address issues related to women's rights, workers' rights, and his support of President Ronald Reagan's economic policies, Wentworth galvanized a sizable constituency in her sticker-campaign that eventually garnered her nearly thirty percent of the Democratic vote in the 1984 elections. This series includes some of Wentworth's campaign speeches, photographs, items from her sticker-campaign, fundraising letters, notes on Conte's voting record in Conrgess, and a host of other materials related to her Congressional run.

1968-1997
27 folders

Wentworth was deeply committed to social justice. She involved herself in a wide array of organizations and broadened her scope across the sociopolitical spectrum. This series contains information regarding Mary's support of abortion rights and her growing concern for single mothers, as evidenced by a speech given relating the "Feminization of Poverty". She was also involved in welfare education and promotion during the Reagan years. Mary committed herself as well to education reform and joined a committee raising awareness of inaccuracies/misinformation in textbooks used by the Amherst area school system. One of Mary's most impressive accomplishments is her organization of the Colonial Village Tenants Union. Mary was very aware of the growing problem of rent control and endeavored to promote tenants'-rights awareness in the Amherst, MA area.

Information relating to the various politically-oriented groups to which Mary belonged. Mary's activism undoubtedly played a key role in her decision to run for Congress, but she did not stop after her campaign. Involvement ranges from the late 1960s with the South Jersey Peace Center to opposition of the Boltwood Parking Garage in downtown Amherst, MA circa 2000. In between, her involvements cover citizen-based activism regarding tax legislation and political action, pursuing racial equality with the Grey Panthers and the NAACP and support of nuclear disarmament.

Wentworth spent a great deal of time traveling before her Congressional campaign; she viewed her experiences as integral to deciding to campaign against Conte. Mary traveled to China in the mid-1970s as part of the United States-China Friendship Association and she also visited Cuba and Central America during the early 1980s; both trips are particularly intriguing given their respective time periods. Upon her return, Mary became even more committed to change abroad, frequently writing to newspapers and giving speeches/talks around Amherst; she even published Seeking Common Ground. This series contains: information relating to groups in which Mary was involved; journals, mementos, and correspondences from her trips to China, Cuba and Central America; Mary's involvement in a Sister City project in Nicaragua; and a wide array of other political interests from around the world.

From 1979-83 Mary L. Wentworth worked at the Everywoman's Center (EWC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as director of the Poor Woman's Task Force (PWTF). In the spring of 1983, Wentworth and Malika Jones, director of the Third World Women's program--also under the umbrella of the EWC--were informed that they would not be reappointed for the following year for failure to fulfill job-related duties. The contexts of this box include general information regarding the EWC and specific materials related to Wentworth's and Jones' termination, the subsequent struggle to get reappointed through a series of grievances filed, signed petitions and letters from community members in support of her (Wentworth) past efforts, advocacy, and contributions to issues involving women's rights.

Materials realted to the Clinton administration's efforts to pass a universal health care bill, including articles and publications, reports and studies, and Wentworth's local efforts in western Massachusetts as co-chair of Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition to get Congress to support a single-payer systm of health care delivery which would be publically funded and provide universal coverage.

Inventory

Series 1. Campaign against Silvio Conte
1970-1984
Agricultural reform
1984
Box 1: 1
Budget
1982
Box 1: 2
Campaign ads/fliers
1984
Box 1: 3
Campaign correspondence (1 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 4
Campaign correspondence (2 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 5
Campaign flyers and mailings
1982
Box 1: 6
Campaign itineraries
1984
Box 1 : 7
Campaign materials (1 of 2)
1984
Box 7: 1
Campaign materials (2 of 2)
1984
Box 7: 2
Campaign newsletter
1984
Box 1: 8
Campaign: notes
1984
Box 1: 9
Campaign questionnaires (1 of 3)
1984
Box 1: 10
Campaign questionnaires (2 of 3)
1984
Box 1: 11
Campaign questionnaires (3 of 3)
1984
Box 1: 12
Campaign photographs
1982
Box 1: 13
Campaign records, bank statements, deposit slips, balances (1 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 14
Campaign records, bank statements, deposit slips, balances (2 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 15
Campaign speeches
1982
Box 1: 16
Candidate statements (1 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 17
Candidate statements (2 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 18
Congratulations letters
1984
Box 1: 19
Conte: constituent questionnaire
1981-1982
Box 1: 20
Conte: correspondence, newsletters, notes
1980-1984
Box 1: 21
Conte for Congress: itemized receipts
1981-1982
Box 1 : 22
Conte in Congress (1 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 23
Conte in Congress (2 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 24
Conte material
1982
Box 1: 25
Conte notes
1984
Box 1: 26
Conte speech: senior citizens
1984
Box 1: 27
Conte/Wentworth positions
1984
Box 1: 28
Democratic convention
1984
Box 1: 29
Democratic National Committee New Jersey Democratic State vs. Republican National Committee New Jersey Republican State
1984
Box 1: 30
Democratic nomination notification
1984
Box 1: 31
Eleanor Roosevelt award
1984
Box 1: 32
Election period
1982
Box 1: 33
Election results
1984
Box 7: 3
Events
1984
Box 1: 34
Film: Wentworth for Congress: four 60-second spots
1984
Box 7:
First District congressional elections ,1972-82
1984
Box 1: 35
Focus on Women Inc.
1984
Box 1: 36
Fundraising letters (1 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 37
Fundraising letters (2 of 2)
1984
Box 1: 38
Holyoke report
1984
Box 1: 39
In defense of the First District
1981
Box 1: 40
Information of First Congressional District
1984
Box 1: 41
John Arden for Congress: clippings
1982
Box 1: 42
Labor issues
1984
Box 1: 43
Letters
1982-1984
Box 1: 44
Letters from Vince O'Conner
1982
Box 1: 45
Letters to Conte's constituents
1984
Box 1: 46
List of people who had nomination papers
1982
Box 1: 47
Mailing list
1984
Box 1: 48
Media contacts
1984
Box 1: 49
Media coverage
1983-1984
Box 1: 50
Media coverage
1983-1984
Box 1: 51
Media coverage
1984
Box 1: 52
National Democrats
1984
Box 1: 53
Nomination papers, lists of names, instruction sheets, receipts
1984
Box 1: 54
Photographic album
1984
Box 1: 55
Principles of economic justice
1984
Box 1: 56
Receipts, congressional campaign
1982-1983
Box 1: 57
San Francisco convention
1984
Box 1: 58
Shirley Chisholm notes
1984
Box 1: 59
Steering committee
1984
Box 1: 60
Stickers, voting instructions
1984
Box 1: 61
Voting maps, first congressional
1980
Box 1: 62
Voting record
1982-1983
Box 1: 63
Wentworth campaign (1 of 2)
1982
Box 1: 64
Wentworth campaign (2 of 2)
1982
Box 1: 65
Women in campaign
1984
Box 1: 66
Series 2. Social Justice activism
1968-1997
Correspondence (1 of 2)
1984-1988
Box 2: 1
Correspondence (2 of 2)
1984-1988
Box 2: 2
Congressional correspondence: non-campaign
1981-1983
Box 2: 3
Congressional newsletters- non-campaign
1982
Box 2: 4
Protest songs and chants
1976-1982
Box 2: 5
Citizen activism: Berkshire Forum
1987
Box 2: 6
Citizen activism: Citizens Against PACs
1984
Box 2: 7
Citizen activism: Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX)- general
1984
Box 2: 8
Citizen activism: CPPAX- directory
1997
Box 2: 9
Citizen activism: CPPAX- newsletters (1 of 2)
1992-1997
Box 2: 10
Citizen activism: CPPAX- newsletters (2 of 2)
1992-1997
Box 2: 11
Citizen activism: CPPAX- newsletters- The Record- Franklin/Hampshire Chapter
1992-1996
Box 2: 12
Citizen activism: CPPAX- notes
1994-1997
Box 2: 13
Citizen activism: Citizens Party
1983
Box 2: 14
Citizen activism: conferences (1 of 2)
1970
Box 2: 15
Citizen activism: conferences (2 of 2)
1982-1983
Box 2: 16
Citizen activism: Haymarket People's Fund
1984
Box 2: 17
Citizen activism: Socialist Scholars Conference
1990
Box 2: 18
Economic justice: general
1986-1988
Box 2: 19
Economic justice: food stamps
1982
Box 2: 20
Economic justice: taxes- Citizens for Fair Taxes- agendas/meetings
1989-1990
Box 2: 21
Economic justice: taxes- Citizens for Fair Taxes- articles
1989-1990
Box 2: 22
Economic justice: taxes- Citizens for Fair Taxes- letters
1989-1990
Box 2: 23
Economic justice: taxes- Citizens for Fair Taxes- notes/fliers
1982-1990
Box 2: 24
Economic justice: taxes- CTJ: Citizens for Tax Justice
1988-1990
Box 2: 25
Economic justice: taxes- TEAM: Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts Inc.
1989-1990
Box 2: 26
Education and the school: alternative grouping
1992-1993
Box 2: 27
Education and the school: Amherst Regional School District textbook grievance
1987
Box 2: 28
Education and the school: Amherst School reports/hirings
1990-1992
Box 2: 29
Education and the school: instructional grouping
1991
Box 2: 30
Education and the school: notes on tracking
1990
Box 2: 31
Education and the school: school committee- agendas
1991-1992
Box 2: 32
Education and the school: school committee- Deans Council
1991
Box 2: 33
Education and the school: school committee- guidelines/memorandums
1992
Box 2: 34
Family: Amherst Family Center- fiscal information
1989
Box 2: 35
Family: Amherst Family Center- letters
1988
Box 2: 36
Family: Amherst Family Center- newsletters
1989
Box 2: 37
Family: Amherst Family Center- staff/board contacts
1989
Box 2: 38
Family: child care- articles/information
1982
Box 2: 39
Family: child care- letters/contacts
1980-1981
Box 2: 40
Family: child care- notes/pamphlets
1981-1982
Box 2: 41
Gray Panthers- articles/fliers
1986-1992
Box 2: 42
Gray Panthers- health care referendum
1992
Box 2: 43
Gray Panthers- letters
1985-1995
Box 2: 44
Gray Panthers- mailing list
1990
Box 2: 45
Gray Panthers- minutes and reports
1984-1991
Box 2: 46
Gray Panthers- Network newsletter
1995-1996
Box 2: 47
Gray Panthers- notes
1995
Box 2: 48
Gray Panthers- position papers
1992
Box 2: 49
Gray Panthers- 1992 convention (1 of 2)
1992
Box 2: 50
Gray Panthers- 1992 convention (2 of 2)
1992
Box 2: 51
Human rights: "Background Stuff for the Seminar Series on Racism, Sexism, and Authoritarianism"- People for Human Rights papers (1 of 3)
1968-1969
Box 2: 52
Human rights: "Background Stuff for the Seminar Series on Racism, Sexism, and Authoritarianism"- People for Human Rights papers (2 of 3)
1968-1969
Box 2: 53
Human rights: "Background Stuff for the Seminar Series on Racism, Sexism, and Authoritarianism"- People for Human Rights papers (3 of 3)
1968-1969
Box 2: 54
Human rights: labor- Jobs with Justice newsletter
1999
Box 2: 55
Human rights: labor- United Farm Workers Organization Committee
1970-1971
Box 2: 56
Human rights: LGBT issues
1983
Box 2: 57
Human rights: race relations- Amherst NAACP vs. Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools
1992
Box 2: 58
Human rights: race relations- Amherst NAACP candidates forum
1992
Box 2: 59
Human rights: race relations- Amherst NAACP contact list
1989-1990
Box 2: 60
Human rights: race relations- Amherst NAACP- Political action Committee
1989-1991
Box 2: 61
Human rights: race relations- Emergency Committee for a National Mobilization Against Racism
1974
Box 2: 62
Human rights: race relations- memorandums
1990-1991
Box 2: 63
Human rights: race relations- NAACP- Diana Smith case
1990
Box 2: 64
Human rights: race relations- NAACP elections
1991
Box 2: 65
Human rights: race relations- NAACP- fliers
1989-1991
Box 2: 66
Human rights: race relations- NAACP meeting agendas/minutes
1989-1991
Box 2: 67
Human rights: race relations- NAACP New England Area Conference (1 of 2)
1990
Box 2: 68
Human rights: race relations- NAACP New England Area Conference (2 of 2)
1990
Box 2: 69
Human rights: race relations- NAACP- Olver case
1991
Box 2: 70
Human rights: race relations- NAACP- Rosemary's Place
1990
Box 2: 71
Human rights: race relations- NAACP- Stop and Shop
1990-1991
Box 2: 72
Human rights: race relations- National NAACP- Civil Rights Acts
1990
Box 2: 73
Human rights: race relations- Paul Buczala Amherst Common fight
1990
Box 2: 74
Human rights: race relations- Paul Buczala Amherst Common fight responses
1991
Box 2: 75
Housing/homelessness: Amherst rent control bill (1 of 2)
1978
Box 3: 1
Housing/homelessness: Amherst rent control bill (2 of 2)
1978
Box 3: 2
Housing/homelessness: Amherst Tenants Association- agendas/bulletins
1976-1977
Box 3: 3
Housing/homelessness: Amherst Tenants Association- Brandywine survey
1977
Box 3: 4
Housing/homelessness: Amherst Tenants Association- complaints
1977
Box 3: 5
Housing/homelessness: Amherst Tenants Association notes/articles
1977-1979
Box 3: 6
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- general
1977-1979
Box 3: 7
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- electrical complaint
1978
Box 3: 8
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Kamin's response
1976-1978
Box 3: 9
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- newsletters
1976-1979
Box 3: 10
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- security deposit survey
1978
Box 3: 11
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- study of successes/failures of CVTU
1981
Box 3: 12
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union- general
1979
Box 3: 13
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union agendas/minutes
1976
Box 3: 14
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union contacts
1972
Box 3: 15
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union expenses
1980
Box 3: 16
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union notebook
1976-1978
Box 3: 17
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- Tenants' Union press release
1978
Box 3: 18
Housing/homelessness: Colonial Village- weatherizing
1978
Box 3: 19
Housing/homelessness: eviction proceedings cartoon
1977
Box 3: 20
Housing/homelessness: home coalition/housing discrimination
1993-1994
Box 3: 21
Housing/homelessness: homelessness- general
1984
Box 3: 22
Housing/homelessness: housing- general
1982-1984
Box 3: 23
Housing/homelessness: housing newsletters
1984
Box 3: 24
Housing/homelessness: Landlord Tenants Relations Committee (1 of 2)
1977-1978
Box 3: 25
Housing/homelessness: Landlord Tenants Relations Committee (2 of 2)
1977-1978
Box 3: 26
Housing/homelessness: Landlord Tenants Relations Committee- agendas and meeting minutes (1 of 2)
1977-1978
Box 3: 27
Housing/homelessness: Landlord Tenants Relations Committee- agendas and meeting minutes (2 of 2)
1977-1978
Box 3: 28
Housing/homelessness: Massachusetts Tenants Organization
1981-1984
Box 3: 29
Housing/homelessness: rent control effect on taxes
1982
Box 3: 30
Housing/homelessness: rent control notes
1977-1982
Box 3: 31
Housing/homelessness: report on Reagan low income housing budget
1984
Box 3: 32
Housing/homelessness: Street Life newsletter
1985-1986
Box 3: 33
Housing/homelessness: tenants information/laws
1976-1980
Box 3: 34
Housing/homelessness: tenants' rights booklets
1977-1978
Box 3: 35
International affairs: Asia: China- China Reconstructs
1975
Box 3: 36
International affairs: Asia: China- China pictorial
1974-1975
Box 7: 4
International affairs: Asia: China- Chinese publication in Russian
1974
Box 3: 37
International affairs: Asia: China- Hsinhua News Bulletin
1974
Box 3: 38
International affairs: Asia: China- journals (1 of 2)
1974
Box 3: 39
International affairs: Asia: China- journals (2 of 2)
1974
Box 3: 40
International affairs: Asia: China- maps
1974
Box 3: 41
International affairs: Asia: China- mementos (1 of 3)
1974
Box 3: 42
International affairs: Asia: China- mementos (2 of 3)
1974
Box 3: 43
International affairs: Asia: China- mementos (3 of 3)
1974
Box 3: 44
International affairs: Asia: China- pamphlets (1 of 2)
1974
Box 3: 45
International affairs: Asia: China- pamphlets (2 of 2)
1974
Box 3: 46
International affairs: Asia: China- Peking Review/Pekin Informa
1974
Box 3: 47
International affairs: Asia: China trip- projector slide notes
1974
Box 3: 48
International affairs: Asia: China trip- slides
1974
Box 3: 49
International affairs: Asia: China trip- slides
1974
Box 3: 50
International affairs: Asia: China trip- slides
1974
Box 3: 51
International affairs: Asia: China- US-China People's Friendship Association
1976
Box 3: 52
International affairs: Asia: Philippines
1986
Box 3: 53
International affairs: Asia: Tibet
Box 3: 54
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- itinerary
1978
Box 3: 55
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- journal
1978
Box 3: 56
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- letters
1977-1978
Box 3: 57
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- mementos
1974
Box 3: 58
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- pamphlets (1 of 2)
1978
Box 4: 1
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba- pamphlets (2 of 2)
1978
Box 4: 2
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba trip- projector slide notes
1978
Box 4: 3
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba trip- slides
1978
Box 4: 4
International affairs: the Caribbean- Cuba trip- slides
1978
Box 4: 5
International affairs: the Caribbean- Grenada
1984
Box 3: 6
International affairs: Central America- general
1983-1987
Box 4: 7
International affairs: Central America Education Project
1986
Box 4: 8
International affairs: Central America: New England Central America Network (NECAN)
1986-1987
Box 4: 9
International affairs: Central America: El Salvador
1981
Box 4: 10
International affairs: Central America: El Salvador- foreign aid and Conte
1984
Box 4: 11
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua- general (1 of 2)
1983
Box 4: 12
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua- general (2 of 2)
1984-1986
Box 4: 13
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua- Contra speaker at UMass
1986
Box 4: 14
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua- Ed Shahanan article
1983
Box 4: 15
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua Sister Cities Project
1987
Box 4: 16
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua and Honduras- slides
1983
Box 4: 17
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua and Honduras- writings (1 of 2)
1983
Box 4: 18
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua and Honduras- writings (2 of 2)
1983
Box 4: 19
International affairs: Central America: Nicaragua and Honduras- writings- journal and notes
1983
Box 4: 20
International affairs: Europe trip- general
1982-1983
Box 4: 21
International affairs: Europe trip- notes
1982
Box 4: 22
International affairs: Europe: Britain- welfare
1988
Box 4: 23
International affairs: Europe: Northern Ireland
1984
Box 4: 24
International affairs: Middle East: Gulf War- articles/fliers (1 of 2)
1990-1991
Box 4: 25
International affairs: Middle East: Gulf War- articles/fliers (2 of 2)
1990-1991
Box 4: 26
International affairs: Middle East: Gulf War- committees on Middle East/other groups
1990
Box 4: 27
International affairs: Middle East: Gulf War- contact list
1991
Box 4: 28
International affairs: Middle East: Gulf War- notes/letters
1990-1991
Box 4: 29
International affairs: Middle East: Lebanon
1984
Box 4: 30
International affairs: Soviet Union: ABC's "Amerika"
1987
Box 4: 31
International affairs: Soviet Union: American Friends Service Committee
1987
Box 4: 32
International affairs: Soviet Union: American Friends Service Committee Conference
1985
Box 4: 33
International affairs: Soviet Union: Anti-Sovietism mailing list
1985-1987
Box 4: 34
International affairs: Soviet Union: articles
1985
Box 4: 35
International affairs: Soviet Union and nukes
1971-1986
Box 4: 36
International affairs: Soviet Union: Soviet life- clippings
1985
Box 4: 37
International affairs: Soviet Union: women
1984
Box 4: 38
Local happenings: Amherst police- sexual harassment/racism training
1981-1982
Box 4: 39
Local happenings: Boltwood Parking Garage and opposition (1 of 2)
1997-2002
Box 4: 40
Local happenings: Boltwood Parking Garage and opposition (2 of 2)
1997-2002
Box 4: 41
Local happenings: parking garage- Heart of Amherst
1997
Box 4: 42
Local happenings: parking garage- news coverage
1996-2002
Box 4: 43
Local happenings: parking garage- opposition
1999
Box 4: 44
Local happenings: parking garage- referendum
1997
Box 4: 45
Local happenings: parking garage- town meeting members and tally votes
1997-2001
Box 4: 46
Nuclear power: Alternative Energy Commission
1974-1975
Box 4: 47
Nuclear power: anti Ground Wave Emergency Network (GWEN) Tower
1985
Box 4: 48
Nuclear power: no nukes- notebook
1974
Box 4: 49
Nuclear power: no nukes paraphernalia
1974
Box 4: 50
Nuclear power: no nukes- sexism and nukes
1974
Box 4: 51
Nuclear power: nuclear energy writings
1984
Box 4: 52
Nuclear power: nuclear freeze
1982-1983
Box 4: 53
Nuclear power: Sam Lovejoy trial notes
1974
Box 4: 54
Nuclear power: Seabrook (1 of 2)
1979
Box 4 : 55
Nuclear power: Seabrook (2 of 2)
1979
Box 4: 56
Nuclear power: Take it to Wall Street protest
1979
Box 4: 57
Peace activism: Arrest at Westover
1985
Box 4: 58
Peace activism: Resist newsletter
1986-1987
Box 4: 59
Peace activism: South Jersey Peace Center (1 of 2)
1967-1972
Box 4: 60
Peace activism: South Jersey Peace Center (2 of 2)
1967-1972
Box 4: 61
Peace activism: speech on disarmament
1983
Box 4: 62
Peace activism: Telephone Action Network
1987
Box 4: 63
Peace activism: U.S. Peace Council
1986
Box 4: 64
Public health and welfare: biological/nuclear warfare
1984-1989
Box 4: 65
Public health and welfare: transportation- Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)
1997
Box 4: 66
Public health and welfare: Welfare Advisory Board
1983
Box 4: 67
Public health and welfare: Welfare Law notes
1981
Box 4: 68
Writings: college papers
1973
Box 4: 69
Writings: Common Ground writings and notes (1 of 2)
1983
Box 4: 70
Writings: Common Ground writings and notes (2 of 2)
1983
Box 4: 71
Writings: radio commentary notes
1984-1985
Box 4: 72
Writings: What is Racism paper
1970
Box 4: 73
Series 3. Everywoman's Center
1971-1983
50 folders
Abortion: articles/fliers
1984
Box 5: 1
Abortion: correspondence
1971
Box 5: 2
Abortion- Pennsylvania Abortion Rights Association
1971-1972
Box 5: 3
Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.)
1982
Box 5: 4
Everywoman's Center
1983
Box 5: 5
Everywoman's Center (EWC): appeals for reappointment (1 of 3)
1982-1983
Box 5: 6
Everywoman's Center (EWC): appeals for reappointment (2 of 3)
1982-1983
Box 5: 7
Everywoman's Center (EWC): appeals for reappointment (3 of 3)
1982-1983
Box 5: 8
Everywoman's Center: children and welfare
1985
Box 5: 9
Everywoman's Center: harassment
1983
Box 5: 10
Everywoman's Center job issues
1983
Box 5: 11
Everywoman's Center job performance review questionnaire
1981-1982
Box 5: 12
Everywoman's Center: letters of support for reappointment
1983
Box 5: 13
Everywoman's Center: Martini report
1983
Box 5: 14
Everywoman's Center: memorandums/reports
1982-1983
Box 5: 15
Everywoman's Center: notes on job issues
1981-1983
Box 5: 16
Everywoman's Center (EWC): performance reviews (1 of 3)
1979-83
Box 5: 17
Everywoman's Center (EWC): performance reviews (2 of 3)
1979-1983
Box 5: 18
Everywoman's Center (EWC): performance reviews (3 of 3)
1979-1983
Box 5: 19
Everywoman's Center: Poor Women's Task Force firing- Mary Wentworth (1 of 2)
1982-1983
Box 5: 20
Everywoman's Center: Poor Women's Task Force firing- Mary Wentworth (2 of 2)
1982-1983
Box 5: 21
Everywoman's Center: Poor Women's Task Force Project report
1974-1979
Box 5: 22
Everywoman's Center: PWTF statistics
1981
Box 5: 23
Everywoman's Center: racism
1980
Box 5: 24
Everywoman's Center: schedule
1979-1981
Box 5: 25
Everywoman's Center: supervisor meetings
1983
Box 5: 26
Everywoman's Center: Third World Women's program
1982
Box 5: 27
Everywoman's Center: Third World Women's program firing- Malika Jones
1982-1983
Box 5: 28
Everywoman's Center: welfare questionnaire
1981
Box 5: 29
Everywoman's Center: work letters
1982
Box 5: 30
Feminization of poverty: notes/pamphlet
1981-1982
Box 5: 31
Feminization of poverty speech
1981
Box 5: 32
Friends of Family Planning
1984
Box 5 : 33
Media coverage: Everywoman's Center firing
1983
Box 5: 34
National Women's Organization
1984
Box 5: 35
Notes
1985
Box 5: 36
People for Human Rights: position paper
1969
Box 5: 37
Poor Women's Task Force
1982
Box 5: 38
Reproductive rights
1983
Box 5: 39
Sexism papers (1 of 2)
1970-1975
Box 5: 40
Sexism papers (2 of 2)
1970-1975
Box 5: 41
Valley Women's Union
1975
Box 5: 42
Western Mass Women's League
1984
Box 5: 43
Women's Conference notes- nuclear family
1971
Box 5: 44
Women for Economic Justice
1982-1985
Box 5: 45
Women's liberation, letters
1972-1973
Box 5: 46
Women's liberation movement of South Jersey
1970
Box 5: 47
Workfare contacts
1981
Box 5: 48
Workfare and women (1 of 2)
1981
Box 5: 49
Workfare and women (2 of 2)
1981
Box 5: 50
Series 4. Universal Health Care
1983-1996
8 folders
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: American Health Security Act of 1993- S.491- Sen. Paul Wellstone
1993
Box 6: 1
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: American Health Security Act- general
1993
Box 6: 2
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: American Health Security Act- cosponsors and endorsers
1993
Box 6: 3
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: American Health Security Act- updates- Mary Ford
1993
Box 6: 4
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: American Health Security Act- women in Congress
1993
Box 6: 5
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: California Health Security Act- referendum
1994
Box 6: 6
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Check Sheet for Evaluating Healthcare Proposals- master copy
Box 6: 7
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Clinton's Plan
1993
Box 6: 8
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Clinton's Plan- evaluations
1992-1993
Box 6: 9
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Health Care debate
1993-1994
Box 6: 10
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Health Care for Every American Act- H.R.5500- Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)
1992
Box 6: 11
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Interreligious Health Care Access Campaign
1991-1992
Box 6: 12
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: MA Health Care Act
1988-1995
Box 6: 13
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: managed competition
1992-1993
Box 6: 14
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: New England congressional delegation
1992-1994
Box 6: 15
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: preliminary proposal of Clinton health care reform proposal
1993
Box 6: 16
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Russo plan
1991
Box 6: 17
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: second congressional district
1993
Box 6: 18
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: Senate Resolutions Memoralizing Congress to Enact a National Health Plan
1992
Box 7: 5
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: senior citizen healthcare
1983-1989
Box 6: 19
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: single payer- info and myths
1994
Box 6: 20
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: single payer- New England health care caucus
1993
Box 6: 21
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: single payer- town meeting
1993
Box 6: 22
Acts/bills, legislation, and proposals: single payer- updated leaflet
1994
Box 6: 23
Articles: Edward Kennedy- senator
1993
Box 6: 24
Articles: info on health care acts
1992-1993
Box 6: 25
Articles: magazine articles (1 of 2)
1991-1992
Box 6: 26
Articles: magazine articles (2 of 2)
1992-1993
Box 6: 27
Articles: newspapers (1 of 3)
1989-1992
Box 6: 28
Articles: newspapers (2 of 3)
1992-1993
Box 6: 29
Articles: newspapers (3 of 3)
1993-1995
Box 6: 30
Articles: newspaper op-eds
1992-1994
Box 6: 31
Articles: press articles (1 of 2)
1991
Box 6: 32
Articles: press articles (2 of 2)
1991-1992
Box 6: 33
Articles: ways and means- Rostenkowski
1993
Box 6: 34
Correspondence: Canadian Minister of Healthcare Monique B├ęgin
1985
Box 6: 35
Correspondence: Edward Kennedy (Senator)
1992-1993
Box 6: 36
Correspondence: Hillary Clinton
1993
Box 6: 37
Correspondence: John Olver (Congressman)
1992-1993
Box 6: 38
Correspondence: Richard Neal (Congressman)
1992-1993
Box 6: 39
Health care in other countries: Canadian plan
1986-1993
Box 6: 40
Health care in other countries: Sweden and West Germany
1993
Box 6: 41
Marketing: advertisements and outreach
1993-1994
Box 6: 42
Marketing: bumper stickers
1993-1996
Box 6: 43
Marketing: video distribution
Box 6: 44
Organizations and groups: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
1991-1993
Box 6: 45
Organizations and groups: Franklin County Commission
1993-1994
Box 6: 46
Organizations and groups: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition- agendas and updates (1 of 2)
1993-1996
Box 6: 47
Organizations and groups: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition- agendas and updates (2 of 2)
1993
Box 6: 48
Organizations and groups: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition- finances
1993-1994
Box 6: 49
Organizations and groups: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition- outreach letters
1993
Box 6: 50
Organizations and groups: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition- steering committee
1993
Box 6: 51
Organizations and groups: Gray Panthers and health care
1988-1993
Box 6: 52
Organizations and groups: Gray Panthers (Pioneer Valley)- small business letter
1994
Box 6: 53
Organizations and groups: Health Care: We Gotta Have It! Women Organize for National Health Care: A Project of Madre
1991-1994
Box 6: 54
Organizations and groups: New Jersey Panthers
1991
Box 6: 55
Organizations and groups: Single Payer Across the Nation (S.P.A.N)
1994
Box 6: 56
Organizations and groups: Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)(1 of 4)
1993
Box 6: 57
Organizations and groups: UHCAN (2 of 4)
1993
Box 6: 58
Organizations and groups: UHCAN (3 of 4)
1994
Box 6: 59
Organizations and groups: UHCAN (4 of 4)
1995-1997
Box 6: 60
Publications: Universal Health Care periodicals (1 of 5)
1992
Box 6: 61
Publications: Universal Health Care periodicals (2 of 5)
1993
Box 6: 62
Publications: Universal Health Care periodicals (3 of 5)
1994
Box 6: 63
Publications: Universal Health Care periodicals (4 of 5)
1995
Box 6: 64
Publications: Universal Health Care periodicals (5 of 5)
1996-1997
Box 6: 65
Publications: American Health Security News Weekly Report
1993-1994
Box 6: 66
Publications: EarthLine- Building the Movement in Western Massachusetts
1992
Box 7: 6
Publications: "Hospital and Community Psychiatry"- evaluation of health plans- articles
1994
Box 6: 67
Publications: "How to Resolve the Health Care Crisis" book
1992
Box 6: 68
Publications: Northeast Action for Health Care Reform newsletters
1992-1995
Box 6: 69
Publications: Physicians for a National Health Program (P.H.N.P) papers
1989-1996
Box 6: 70
Publications: P.H.N.P. newsletters
1991-1996
Box 6: 71
Reports and studies: "Families and National Health Reform: A Comparison of Family Premium Payment Responsibilities Under Current Legislative Proposals"
1994
Box 6: 72
Reports and studies: "Health Care for America: Guide to Health Care Reform"- Health Care for America Policy Institute
1992
Box 6: 73
Reports and studies: "Health Care Security for All: The Single-Payer Answer"
1992
Box 6: 74
Reports and studies: New York Times- comparison chart
1993
Box 6: 75
Reports and studies: PAC contributors- general
1989-1994
Box 6: 76
Reports and studies: PAC contributors- "A Plague on Both Their Houses: The Medical-Industry Complex and its PAC Contributions to Congressional Candidates"
1991
Box 6: 77
Reports and studies: PAC contributors- "Wealth vs. Health: Are Health Industry Campaign Funds Blocking Health Care Reform?"
Box 6: 78
Reports and studies: Paul Wellstone and health care
1992, 1994
Box 6: 79
Reports and studies: "Paying More, Getting Less: How U.S. Health Care Measures Up"
1988
Box 6: 80
Reports and studies: polls/polling
1993
Box 6: 81
Reports and Studies: "Report of the Special Commission... Making an Investigation and Study of Methods for Achieving Universal Health Care Coverage. . . "
Box 6: 82

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired from Mary Wentworth, 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Janiece Blackmon, Zach Burchell, David Kaczmarski, and Ashley Purvis, December 2010.

Among several collections in SCUA related to Wentworth and her activism, see:

  • Silvio O. Conte Papers (MS 371)
  • Gray Panthers of the Pioneer Valley Records (MS 468)

Bibliography

Surbrug, Bob, Beyond Vietnam: The politics of protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990. Amherst, Mass. : UMass Press, 2009.

Wentworth, Mary, Discovering America: A Political Journey. Philadelphia: X-Libris, 2003. Call no.: CT275.W3875 A3 2003.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Mary Wentworth Papers (MS 522). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Amherst (Mass.)--History
  • Antinuclear movements--Massachusetts
  • China--Description and travel
  • Citizens for Fair Taxes
  • Conte, Silvio O. (Silvio Ottavio), 1921-1991
  • Cuba--Description and travel
  • Everywoman's Center (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Feminism
  • Gray Panthers
  • Pro-choice movement
  • U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association
  • United States--Foreign policy-Central America
  • United States. Congress--Elections

Contributors

  • Wentworth, Mary L. [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Photographs

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