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Five notebooks and files from the starting of Smedley's Bookshop in Ithaca, NY in 1976 and relating to the Bernadette Powell Defense Fund, 1979-80. Powell was tried and convicted in Ithaca for killing her abusive husband. Included are Alpert's files on organizing a fundraising auction for the Defense Fund in 1979.

Includes correspondence with Alison Bishop, an investor in Smedley's, notes about books, lists of things to do for the store, notes from store meetings, and a plastic Smedley's bag. The fall 1977 notebook contains notes about forming a women's counseling collective and assertiveness training.

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