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WSSM-07: Diana McCourt Collection

Identifier: WSSM-07


Diana McCourt became involved in the efforts to expose and improve the conditions at Willowbrook State School after her daughter, Nina, was placed at the institution in 1971. She was involved as a parent organizer and advocate of the institution's closure, and remains involved in promoting individualized day and living options for people who need 24 hour support. She also worked for many years as a contractor, and co-founded Womanshare, a skills and service exchange program for women, in the early 1990's. The collection contains materials related not only to these efforts but also to the hepatitis program and the lawsuits against New York State over Willowbrook and compliance with the 1975 consent order. The folders are arranged alphabetically.


  • Creation: 1958, 1969-1982

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with laws of copyright. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections.


1/3 Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the College of Staten Staten Island by Diana McCourt in May 2005.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Catherine N. Carson.

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Repository Details

Part of the CSI Archives & Special Collections Repository