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- Sirleaf Market Women's Fund
- Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
- Sirleaf Market Women's Fund Records
- Public Policy Papers
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- 10 boxes and 110 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-10
The Sirleaf Market Women's Fund (SMWF) was a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the livelihoods of market women in post-war Liberia. The collection documents the operations of SMWF International, the fundraising arm of SMWF, including its administration, governance, outreach, finances, fundraising, and programming.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Sirleaf Market Women's Fund Records document the operations of SMWF International, the fundraising arm of SMWF, including its administration, governance, outreach, finances, fundraising, and programming. The collection contains information on members and meetings of the Board of Directors of both SMWF International and SMWF Liberia, as well as well as materials related to SMWF's strategic planning and general policies and procedures. Promotional materials related to SWMF's work on behalf of Liberian market women compose a large portion of the collection in the form of videos, press releases, newsletters, and reports. Materials on specific fundraising and advocacy events are also included, such as the launch of the "Adopt-a-Market" campaign in June 2008, along with more general fundraising resources and planning. Most of SMWF's programming files relate to the building and renovation of local markets, but SWMF's support of literacy training, Ebola awareness, micro-finance, and other issues is also documented. To a lesser extent, the collection contains research on topics and organizations relevant to SMWF's mission.
Paper materials in Series 1: Shelly Ross Files were arranged by an archivist according to the organizational scheme of the digital records. Digital records in Series 1 remain in their original order as received from the donor.
Paper materials in Series 2: Dorothy Davis Files remain in their original order as received from the donor. In the digital records, all folders within top-level folder "Sirleaf Market Women's Fund" were moved to other top-level folders or became their own top-level folders. The "Sirleaf Market Women's Fund" folder was renamed "Uncategorized" and contains 12 files that were not in any subfolders. "SMWF Ford Foundation" within top-level folder "New folder (2)" was moved to the top-level and the empty "New folder (2)" was deleted.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The Sirleaf Market Women's Fund (SMWF) was a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the livelihoods of market women in post-war Liberia. SWMF was founded in 2007 and named after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the twenty-fourth president of Liberia and Africa's first female president. Structurally, SMWF had a board of directors and staff in Liberia, while SMWF International, headquartered in New York and also governed by its own board, served as the main fundraising arm. SMWF built new markets and renovated existing markets in Liberia following the country's civil war, using funds provided by its "Adopt-a-Market" campaign and from partners like the United Nations Development Programme, UN Women, African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), the government of Liberia, and various non-governmental organizations. Other services SMWF and its partners provided for Liberian women included adult literacy programs, day care facilities, training in small business management and village savings and loans, and micro-credit facilities. SMWF also raised funds to train market women in Ebola prevention when an epidemic of the disease broke out in West Africa in 2014. In 2017, the Sirleaf Market Women's Fund formalized its transition into the Sustainable Market Women's Fund, passing the ownership of the organization to market women.
The collection was donated by Shelly Ross in July-August 2016 (accessions ML.2016.019 and ML.2016.035) and by Dorothy Davis in August 2016 (accession ML.2016.023), March 2017 (accession ML.2017.005), and May 2017 (accession ML.2017.018).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Approximately one linear foot of out-of-scope and duplicative paper materials and CDs/DVDs from accessions ML.2016.019 and ML.2016.023 were removed from the collection.
From the digital files in accession ML.2016.019, directories titled ""Off Limits" and "Database" were deleted.
From the digital files in accession ML.2016.023, 44 empty directories were deleted. Two individual files and three directories containing sensitive data were also deleted.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in 2017-2018.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection will open for research use on April 27, 2026.
- 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, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Credit this material:
Sirleaf Market Women's Fund Records; 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