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Melissa Shook collection

Identifier: AG 224

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Scope and Contents

The Melissa Shook collection contains one series consisting of interview transcripts, seventy-six black and white work prints titled “Playgroup for children of homeless women in Cambridge,” seven black and white work prints of men and women, and a copy of the 1994 publication Streets Are for Nobody: Homeless Women Speak.


  • 1994


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

Melissa Shook was born in New York in 1939. She was a documentary photographer, video artist, writer, and professor of photography. She has taught at the Creative Photography Lab at MIT and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The series “Streets Are for Nobody” consists of portraits of women who had been homeless exhibited with interviews. She died in 2020 in Chelsea, MA.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Documents and work prints related to the photographer, Melissa Shook’s “Streets Are for Nobody” series which chronicles the life of homeless women. Included are unedited transcripts of interviews conducted by Shook, as well as work prints from the series.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: “Streets Are for Nobody” materials, n.d., 1994, 2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was a gift from Melissa Shook in 2008.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in September 2020.

Melissa Shook collection 1994
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Repository Details

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