Contents and Arrangement

Series 9: Sirleaf Market Women's Fund Records, 2003-2012

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

These materials document the activities of the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund (SMWF), an organization dedicated to supporting female traders in post-war Liberia and the larger market women movement in Africa. The records, often annotated by Snyder, include internal and external reports; minutes; memoranda of understanding and legal documents; work plans; personnel documents; email correspondence; grant proposals; financial documents such as budgets and tax returns; and other administrative materials. These records reflect SMWF's cooperative work with the Liberian government, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (also known as UN Women), and the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) to implement various support programs in attempts to bolster the economic development and empowerment of market women. Of particular note are the market surveys conducted in 2006 and 2007 of 83 different markets in Liberia. The materials also document the creation and internal workings of SMWF as a nonprofit organization.

Researchers should note that the initials "FGE" stand for the Fund for Gender Equality, a grant-making program of UN Women. "RBA" stands for Regional Bureau for Africa, a project of the UNDP.


The original order of materials has been maintained.

Collection History


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files that accompanied the 2008 donation was separated and recycled, except for a typed draft of Chapter 1 of an unpublished Sweetman manuscript.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 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. The collection was reprocessed to include the 2023 accession and the finding aid was updated in July 2023 by Caitlin Abadir-Mullally.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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:

Series 9: Sirleaf Market Women's Fund Records; Margaret Snyder Papers, MC096, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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