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Inventory of the Nancy Stoller Papers Concerning Prison Inmate Health, 1970s-2000s
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Processing Information note
  • Provenance
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Arrangement note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Nancy E. Stoller papers concerning prison inmate health
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2012.11
    Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 28.75 Linear feet (21 cartons and 6 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1970s-2000s
    Abstract: This collection of professor and social activist Nancy E. Stoller's papers concern her research related to inmate's health in prisions, often focusing on women's health, and date from the 1970s-2000s. The material documents her research and publications concerning prison-related health issues through notes, data, drafts, publications, correspondence, and ephemera. Stoller has done significant research in AIDS and the health of prison inmates and been active in many social movements and civil rights issues throughout her career. She began teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973 and officially retired in 2007. Stoller has since returned as an emeritus professor from 2007-2009 and 2011.
    Creator: Stoller, Nancy E.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Nancy Elaine Stoller was born in 1942 in Newport News, Virginia. In 1960 she left Virginia to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she earned an A.B. in Philosophy in 1963. She went on to earn her M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1972) in Sociology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. From 1978-1980 she was a Post-doctoral fellow at Yale University. Stoller started her job at University of California (UC) Santa Cruz in 1973 and received tenure in 1987 after having filed a gender discrimination suit against the University. Stoller worked and published under her married name, Nancy Shaw, for many years before reclaiming Stoller in the 1990s. Stoller's research has focused on AIDS, women, prisoners, and health care.
    Stoller became involved with the civil rights movement during her first year of college. She was involved in local actions in Wellesley and Boston during the school year and worked with the Washington D.CIRCA area Non-violent Action Group (DC-NAG) during the summer. Later she became involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and did organizing work in Maryland and Arkansas. Her activism continued throughout her life. In a recent, short, online biography she states: "I have been involved in various social change movements: anti-racism, feminism, anti-apartheid work, queer organizing, women's health activism, working on changing prison conditions, prison abolition, and so on."
    After a brief marriage to Kevin (Kwame) Shaw (1966-1972) and the birth of her daughter, Gwendolyn, in 1968, Stoller came out as a lesbian. She was one of the first openly lesbian professors at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and was outed internationally during her tenure fight.
    Between her dismissal from UC Santa Cruz in 1984 and her reinstatement in 1987, Stoller worked as the Women's Program Development Director within the Education Department of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) from 1984 to 1987. She began teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973 and officially retired in 2007. Stoller has since returned as an emeritus professor from 2007-2009 and 2011.

    Processing Information note

    The collection is unprocessed. It was rehoused by Polina Ilieva and Margaret Hughes in 2013. The inventory was written by Margaret Hughes in 2013.


    Donated to the UCSF Archives and Special Collections by Nancy Stoller in 2012-2013.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library & Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Related materials include the Nancy Stoller papers, 1985-1995, MSS 2000-06 . Material within the collection relates primarily to Stoller's AIDS research for the book Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS. In smaller quantities is also material connected to Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment, co-edited with Beth E. Schneider, and examples of her work on healthcare for prisoners, Latinas, and breast cancer.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research. Some materials are restricted due to privacy and confidentiality concerns. Containers that have been identified as having restricted material are noted. Restricted containers that have been reviewed are also noted. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access to the unreviewed restricted materials.

    Preferred Citation note

    Nancy Stoller papers, 1970s-2000s, MSS 2012-11. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is unprocessed. Materials have been rehoused and are in their original order within box groupings. The contents of each box has been recorded and maintained from the original containers.

    Scope and Contents note

    The papers of professor and social activist Nancy E. Stoller in this collection date from the 1970s-2000s. The material documents her research and writing regarding health issues in prisons, often specifically those of female inmates. The papers are comprised of published articles, scholarly articles and studies, book chapter drafts, interviews, research data and notes, correspondence, and ephemera.
    Stoller has published three major works that draw from this collection: Standards for Health Care in Jails and Prisons, with 2003, as co-author and co-editor; Improving Access to Care for California's Women Prisoners, 2000; Pregnancy in Prison: A Needs Assessment of Perinatal Outcome in Three California Penal Institutions, 1985, as co-author. Furthermore, Stoller wrote and published a number of journal articles and book chapters dating from 1980-2009 that are based on this material.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Female offenders--United States.
    Prisoners--Health and hygiene.
    Prisoners--Medical care.
    Women prisoners--United States.