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Louise B. Simmons Papers

Identifier: 2015-0113

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of correspondence, publications, pamphlets, press releases, newspapers clippings, meeting agendas, realia, posters and political buttons that provide information about political, labor and social issues relevant to communities in the Hartford, Connecticut, region as well as issues on national and international topics. Most of the issues were ones of protest to inequalities and injustices of economic, racial and gender oppression, and the literature in the collection shows the various ways Louise Simmons and other members of political and social groups in Hartford responded to find effective ways to work for social justice.


  • undated, 1970-1992, 2006-2015


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Louise B. Simmons grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a BA in Sociology in 1971. She earned an MA in Education in 1980 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D in Urban and Regional Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991.

Simmons moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in the early 1970s and was soon immersed in local and national organizations that promoted economic and social justice. Some of the organizations she worked with include the Connecticut Defense Coalition Against Racist & Political Repression (the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance Racism & Political Repression) where she served as its co-chairperson in the mid-1970s, the Anti-Racism Coalition of Connecticut (1982-1987), the steering committee of the Community Labor Alliance for Strike Support (1986-1991), and many others.

Professional positions that Dr. Simmons has held include as an organizing coordinator for the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (1975-1977), assistant to the Director of Field Education at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work (1977-1979), and Coordinator of Projects for the UConn School of Social Work (1979-1980). Dr. Simmons has taught at the UConn School of Social Work since 1980 and has service as Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor and Director of the Urban Semester Program. Her research interests include urban politics and policy, community organization, welfare policy, economic justice movements, economic and labor rights, labor-community partnerships, involvement in collaborative research projects on the impact of welfare policy changes, labor and social work.


11.5 Linear Feet (Eight boxes of correspondence, programs, conference packets, publications, political and social movement buttons, and posters.)

Language of Materials



Papers of a social activist and Professor of Social Work and Director of the Urban Semester Program at the University of Connecticut, detailing her work with social and political movements in the 1970s and 1980s in the Hartford, Connecticut, area.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Papers were donated to Archives & Special Collections by Louise B. Simmons in August 2015.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials documenting the activities of organizations and individuals considered "alternative" to the mainstream of American culture, politics, society, and lifestyle. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Louise B. Simmons Papers
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2015 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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