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National Organization for Women (NOW): Downriver Chapter Records, Parts I & II Edit

Summary

Identifier
UR001227
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Finding Aid Date
1991-08
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English

Dates

  • 1971 – 1994 (Creation)

Extents

  • 27 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (38 MB, 7 SB, 1 OS)

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Notes

  • Language of Materials

    Material entirely in English.

  • Abstract

    The Downriver chapter of NOW was formed in 1974 by Loretta Moore, a Wayne State University professor, who was elected the chapter’s first president. The chapter was active in supporting local, state and national policy concerning women’s rights, participated in marches, rallies and walkathons and also endorsed pro-women’s rights candidates. They hosted and participated in numerous programs for local women, set up networks and resources for the community, established a library for members and published in newspapers as well as their own newsletter. Their membership peaked in the ERA era with about 100, with their average membership being about 50. The Chapter's records were assembled by Louise Heck-Rabi, the chapter’s librarian and archivist. Part I reflects the ideology and activities of feminists in the downriver area of Metro Detroit. Part II includes chapter meeting minutes, publicity and press releases, newsletters, correspondence and mailings, as well as Michigan and National NOW mailings and programs. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings relative to the women’s movement, resources for members and local women, research done by the group and programs they hosted or participated in.

  • Acquisition

    Part I: The papers of the National Organization for Women Downriver Chapter were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March of 1985 by Louise Heck-Rabi, additional papers were deposited in August 1988.

  • Processing History

    Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1986 and updated in August 1991.

  • Access

    Collection is open for research.

  • Use

    Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

  • Citation Style

    "National ORganizaiton for Women (NOW): Downriver Chapter Records, Box [#], Folder [#], Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University"

  • Transfers

    Part I: Photographs, slides, bumper stickers, and buttons have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Downriver newsletters, State and National NOW newspapers and several journals from Part I are available in the Archives Library.

    Part II: Photographs, buttons, stickers and awards have been transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

  • History

    The Downriver Chapter of the National Organization for Women was founded in February, 1974 by Loretta Moore, who served as its first president. The Downriver chapter replaced the Taylor chapter, which had become inactive. The chapter is still active, meeting every month and publishing a monthly newsletter. Chapter activities include supporting state and national legislation concerning education, homemakers, and pro-choice rights. The members have participated in a walk-a-thon and several rallies advocating the Equal Rights Amendment.

    Part II: The Downriver chapter of NOW was formed in 1974 by Loretta Moore, a Wayne State University professor, who was elected the chapter’s first president. The chapter was active in supporting local, state and national policy concerning women’s rights, participated in marches, rallies and walkathons and also endorsed pro-women’s rights candidates. They hosted and participated in numerous programs for local women, set up networks and resources for the community, established a library for members and published in newspapers as well as their own newsletter. Their membership peaked in the ERA era with about 100, with their average membership being about 50.

  • Scope and Content

    Part I: The papers of Downriver NOW reflect the ideology and activities of feminists in the Downriver area and the United States. Important subjects covered in the collection are: Abortion Displaced Homemakers Education Employment Health Among the important correspondents are: Hon. John Dingell Louise Heck-Rabi Carl Levin Loretta Moore Hon. Jeffrey Padden Series Description: Series I. General Files, 1973-83, Boxes 1-2: Agendas, board meeting minutes, budgets, by-laws, correspondences, and other materials relating to the Downriver NOW chapter. Series II. Activities, 1970-84, Boxes 2-25, 1 scrapbook: Subseries A: Local and Michigan, 1970-1984, Boxes 2-25: Clippings, correspondence, mailings and speeches of the political and social activities of the chapter. Subseries B: Regional, 1976-1980, Box 25: Agenda, pamphlets and speeches from regional conferences. Series III. National NOW Activities, 1971-82, Boxes 26-28: Conferences and publications of the National Organization for Women. Series IV. General Files, 1974-87, Box 29: Agenda, board meeting minutes, by-laws, resolutions, fund-raising, publicity and press releases, correspondence and other items relating to Downriver NOW. Series V. Activities, 1972-88, Boxes 30-35: Subseries A: Local and Michigan, 1979-88, Boxes 30-34: Clippings, correspondence, mailings, and newsletters of the political and social activities and interests of the chapter. Subseries B: Local NOW Chapters, 1972-1987, Box 35: Mailings from various Michigan NOW chapters. Subseries C: Regional, 1976-87, Box 35: Mailings, lists, reports and conference materials relating to the Great Lakes and Michigan Conference. Series VI. National NOW Activities, 1977-87, Box 36: Correspondence, mailings, Board Meeting minutes, and by-laws of the National Organization for Women. Series VII. Published Materials, 1974-76, 1987, Boxes 37-38: Newsletters, brochures, and pamphlets covering various topics such as health, education, finances, and equality.

    Part II: This collection was assembled by Louise Heck-Rabi, the chapter’s librarian and archivist. Included are chapter meeting minutes, publicity and press releases, newsletters, correspondence and mailings, as well as Michigan and National NOW mailings and programs. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings relative to the women’s movement, resources for members and local women, research done by the group and programs they hosted or participated in. Important Subjects: Abortion Abused Women Child Abuse Divorce Education Equal Rights Amendment Feminism Feminist Majority Memorial Convalescent Fund (MCF) Reproductive Rights Sexual Assault Women’s Rights Important Individuals: Connell, Lisa Dingell, John Dobronski, Agnes Hall, Catalina Hasserodt, Margarete Hayes, Marie Heck-Rabi, Louise Hunter, Lyna Klotzek, Ute Moore, Loretta Nesbitt, Anna Robinson, Anke Welsh, Marvic Wilson, Virginia Wimpy, Sharon Series Description: Series VIII: Administration: Minutes, Correspondence, Publicity, Press Releases (Box 39) Series IX: Activities: Programs, Mailings, Publications, Newspaper Clippings, Research (Boxes 39-45)

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-25, 1 scrapbox), Series 3 (Boxes 26-28), Series 4 (Box 29), Series 5 (Boxes 30-35), Series 6 (Box 36) and Series 7 (Boxes 37-38). Folders are arranged alphabetically, or chronologically, depending upon the series.

    Part II: Arranged in 2 series - Series 8 (Box 39), and Series 9 (Boxes 39-45). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

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