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Norma Hotaling papers

Identifier: Coll 507

Scope and Contents

The Norma Hotaling papers are composed of organizational records for SAGE, photographs, biographical material, awards and artifacts, and publications.

The SAGE organizational records series documents the professional activities of SAGE and its Executive Director Norma Hotaling between 1992-2014. The materials include public awareness campaigns, subject files on human trafficking and sexual exploitation, outreach and event material, clippings of articles co-authored by Hotaling, grant reports, posters, and instructional material for presentations and workshops. The organizational records also include audiovisual material including: oral history and TV interviews, training presentations, staff meeting audio recordings, and video recordings on sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Also included are digital files from staff computers that are unprocessed and unavailable.

The photographs series is primarily composed of photographic prints and snapshots depicting Norma Hotaling’s personal life and professional work with SAGE. Materials also include color slides, negatives, a photo album, and correspondence for a scanning project. Subjects include portraits of Hotaling, travel, honors and awards, transformational photos and mugshots, SAGE office staff and travel, and pets.

The awards and artifacts series is primarily composed of certificates and plaques awarded to Norma Hotaling and SAGE in recognition of their community activism and programs between 1992-2012. Notable awards in this series include the “Innovations in American Government Award” from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1998), the “Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation” from the Ford Foundation (2000), and the “Use Your Life Award” from Oprah’s Angel Network (2001). It also includes other artifacts related to Hotaling’s professional work with SAGE.

The publications series is comprised of published fictional and academic books on sex work, prostitution, and related subjects. It also includes a 2010 occupational health handbook for the St. James Infirmary Clinic. Many of the books contain inscriptions or notes and some include references to SAGE.


  • Creation: 1951-2018


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary. Some files in Series 2. photographs and in Box 8 are closed until 2080.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Norma Hotaling (July 21, 1951 - December 16, 2008) was a women's rights and anti-sex trafficking activist. In 1992, she founded SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation), a non-profit rehabilitation program and advocacy organization located in San Francisco, California. SAGE suspended operations in 2014.


12.25 linear feet (8 containers) : 5 record storage boxes, 1 tube, 2 flat boxes

3.25 Unprocessed linear feet (3 containers) : 1 half-msb; 2 rsb

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Norma Hotaling (1951-2008) was the founder of SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation), a non-profit focused on ending commercial sexual exploitation. This collection contains SAGE’s organizational records, photographs, biographical material, awards and artifacts, and publications.


The Norma Hotaling papers are arranged in five series:

1. SAGE organizational records, circa 1992-2014

2. Photographs, circa 1960s-2015

3. Biographical material, 1951-2005 [unprocessed and unavailable]

4. Awards and artifacts, 1992-2012

5. Publications, 2003-2012

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roma P. Guy, 2018.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexa Goff, 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA