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Guide to the Black Women Stirring the Waters Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Black Women Stirring the Waters Collection
    Dates: 1982-1997
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1994-1997)
    Collection number: MS 152
    Creator: Black Women Stirring the Waters (Oakland, Calif.)
    Creator: Butler, Mary Ellen, 1940-
    Collection Size: .75 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Black Women Stirring the Waters Collection includes contributing authors’ manuscripts and correspondence, history and records of the group, and audio recordings. The collection documents the creation of the organization’s 1997 publication, Black Women Stirring the Waters .
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Black Women Stirring the Waters Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Black Women Stirring the Waters collection, MS 152, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland on February 23, 2004 by Mary Ellen Butler.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jennifer Pickens, May 21, 2014.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Black Women Stirring the Waters is a black women’s discussion group founded in 1984 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group was conceived by Clara Stanton Jones, the first African American to head the public library of a major city and the first African American president of the American Library Association, and Aileen Clarke Hernandez, activist, and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The group was organized with no formal structure, no taboo subjects, and no requirements for membership other than an interest in the dialog. Black Women Stirring the Waters takes its name from a quote attributed to the 19th century abolitionist, Sojourner Truth. The group has a large roster of members from six Bay Area counties ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-nineties; bi-monthly meetings are held to discuss the perspectives of black women on a multitude of subjects. In 1997, forty-four members of the group published a collection of autobiographical memoirs discussing ways they have dealt with obstacles and have grown in their lives and careers.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Black Women Stirring the Waters Collection includes contributing authors’ manuscripts and correspondence, history and records of the group, and audio recordings. The collection documents the creation of the organization’s 1997 publication, Black Women Stirring the Waters . Records include each author’s original manuscript and drafts for the publication, including any correspondence between the authors and Mary Ellen Butler, compiler and editor of the book. Documents include a conference agenda from the group’s inception and newspaper clippings publicizing the book’s release. The collection is arranged into four series: 1) Author manuscripts and correspondence, 2) organization history and records, 3) audiocassettes, and 4) published material.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Author manuscripts and correspondence Series II. Organization history and records Series III. Audiocassettes Series IV. Published material

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    African American women--California--History.
    African American women--Societies and clubs.
    African Americans--California--History.
    African American authors--Biography.
    African American women--Biography.

    Butler, Mary Ellen. 1997. Black Women Stirring the Waters. Oakland, Calif: Marcus Books.