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- Snyder, Margaret C., 1929-
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Margaret Snyder Papers
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1950-2018 (mostly 1970-1990)
- 64 boxes and 2 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-64
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Dr. Margaret Snyder was actively involved in women's economic and development issues in various regions of the world for more than three decades. She served as advisor to Kenya and East African Women's Seminars, Regional Advisor of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Vice President of the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund, co-founded the African Training and Research Center for Women, and was the Founding Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women. The papers document Dr. Snyder's career, the organizations she worked for, and the projects conducted to help women across the globe.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Margaret Snyder Papers document her involvement with organizations working with African women, including the Kenya and East African Women's Seminars, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Training and Research Center for Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund. These organizations' development projects often focused on poor and rural women and included programs in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific. Some notable projects include the World Assembly of Youth, International Women's Year, the International Women's Decade, Women and Food Cycle Technologies Project, and the Green Belt Movement.
The papers contain correspondence, speeches, photographs, reports, interviews, publications, agendas and meeting minutes, United Nations documents, scrapbooks, conference and seminar papers, financial information, project proposals, brochures, and other material documenting training workshops, research, and fund raising activities.
Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.
The Margaret Snyder Papers are organized into twelve series, primarily by organization. Files are arranged alphabetically within the first eight series unless otherwise noted, with later additions added at the end. Files in series nine through twelve are arranged in their original order as received from the donor.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Dr. Margaret Snyder was actively involved in women's economic and development issues in various regions of the world for more than three decades. She served as advisor to the Kenya and East African Women's Seminars, Regional Advisor of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Vice President of the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund, co-founded the African Training and Research Center for Women, and was the Founding Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
Margaret Snyder, known as Peg to family and friends, was born in 1929 in Syracuse, New York. In 1950 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle and in 1952 earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from The Catholic University of America. In 1953 at the age of 24, Snyder became the youngest Dean of Women in the United States. She served as dean at LeMoyne College for eight years. In 1961, she took a one year sabbatical to travel to Africa, where she worked with the Women's Africa Committee. Snyder's initial desire was to make a contribution to educational needs, promote an international student program, and stimulate her students' interest in international affairs. Due to the limited opportunities for African girls at the time, she soon began working to develop the Kenya African Women's Association, serving as an advisor and helping with preparations for the recently founded group. Their goal was "to raise the standard of Kenya women and girls through educational, social and cultural common interests."
At the end of Snyder's first year in Kenya, she chose to relinquish her deanship at LeMoyne and remained in Africa through 1964. As an adviser on organization and educational projects for the Women's African Commission in Tanganyika, she continued to work with groups in Kenya and Tanganyika, and was a member of the first Kenya and East African Women's Seminars. From 1965-1970 she was the Assistant Director, Programme of Eastern African Studies, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and consultant to the State University of New York.
After earning a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1971, Dr. Snyder accepted her first position with the United Nations as Consultant for the Economic Commission for Africa Regional Programme on Advancement of Women, which she held from 1971-1978. In this position, Snyder went on several missions throughout Africa to assess conditions of women in different countries. During this period she also co-founded the African Training and Research Centre for Women (ATRCW), which laid the foundation for women's programs ( including content, research) and training, across the world.
In 1978 Dr. Snyder broadened her work and became the Founding Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), formerly known as the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women. This organization worked not just with women in Africa, but Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, creating new programs to help increase the status and education of rural women throughout the world. UNIFEM also worked with other organizations such as Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Women's World Banking, and the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs (CSDHA).
From 1992-1993, Dr. Snyder was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University. She was granted a Fulbright Scholar award for the 1994-1995 academic year to go to Uganda.
Dr. Synder was part of the group of individuals who organized, edited, and distributed Liberian Women Peacemakers (Africa World Press, 2004) under the name the African Women and Peace Support Group. This same group of individuals later formed the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund (SMWF), a nonprofit fund for the economic development and empowerment of Liberian women. Dr. Snyder is currently Vice President Emeritus of SMWF.
This collection was donated by Dr. Margaret Snyder in July 1993 , with additions in March 1998 , June 2008 [ML.2008.021], June 2009 [ML.2009.008], April 2014 [ML.2014.004], and December 2018 [ML.2018.023].
- Archival Appraisal Information:
A box of David Sweetman research files that accompanied the 2008 donation was separated and recycled, except for a typed draft of Chapter 1 of an unpublished Sweetman manuscript. No materials were separated from the 2014 donation or the 2018 donation. No information about appraisal is available for other donations.
These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Cheryl Oestreicher in July 2005. Finding aid written by Cheryl Oestreicher in July 2005. Additional donations added by Mudd Library Staff in 2008-2014. Digital materials in Series 11 were processed by Elena Colon-Marrero in June 2015 and finding aid was updated. The December 2018 accession was processed by Kelly Bolding in June 2019, at which point the finding aid was updated and materials were intellectually integrated into existing topical series.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Series 7: Interviews contains six minicassettes and sixty audio cassettes from 90 to 120 minutes in length which require appropriate playback machines. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials. This collection contains materials acquired from a DVD. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
Margaret Snyder Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- International Women's Decade, 1976-1985.
International Women's Year, 1975.
Rural Development Projects--Africa.
Women in Development--Africa.
Women in Rural Development--Africa.
Women--Developing Countries--Economic conditions.
- Genre Terms:
- Born digital.
- Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs United Nations
African Training and Research Centre for Women
Women and Food Cycle Technologies Project (Zimbabwe)
Women's World Banking
World Assembly of Youth.
World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women (1985 : Nairobi, Kenya)
Green Belt Movement (Society : Kenya)
Snyder, Margaret C., 1929-