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Loretta Moore Papers

Identifier: UP000982
The papers of Ms. Moore reflect her work with the National Organization for Women, her professional life, and her involvement with community activities.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Affirmative Action, 1975-76 Blacks, 1969-75 Day Care Centers, 1971-78 Detroit, Michigan, 1970-76 Education, 1970-75 Employment, 1970-77 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1972-76 Feminist Movement Labor, 1967-77 Michigan Legislation, 1971-77 National Organization for Women Unions, 1971-76 Wayne State University Women Women's Liberation Movement, 1965-78 Women Workers

Series Description: Series I, National Organization for Women, 1970-77: Moore's notes and speeches, committee reports and minutes, and newsletters relating to the local and state activities of NOW.

Series II, Women's Employment, 1970-1978: Organizational materials and Moore's files relating to the development of employment opportunities for women relating to affirmative action programs and women in the work place.

Series III, Michigan Legislation, 1971-1978: Copies of senate and house bills relating to labor issue s and women's issues and NOW's analysis and outline of these bills.

Series IV, Loretta Moore, 1969-1979: Subseries A: Educational and Intellectual Pursuits, 1969-1978: Moore's publications and writings, course materials as an instructor, correspondence and speeches.

Subseries B: Wayne County Community College, 1974-78: Various documents, reprints, notes largely relating to Title IX of the U.S. Educational Amendment also miscellaneous materials related to Moore's position as trustee of Wayne County Community College.

Subseries C: Community and Professional Interests, 1973-1978: Contains membership literature, minutes from the Coordinating Council on Human Relations in Detroit, advertising literature, newsletters, etc.

Series V, Michigan Senate Campaign, 1977-78: Materials relating to Loretta Moore's campaign for state senator in Michigan's tenth district. Contains Moore's notes on campaign strategy, policy and issues, publicity, and all other campaign materials.

Series VI, Reference material, 1950-78: Newsclippings,reprints, government documents, papers, pamphlets and other publications. Major subject headings include: child development, education, ethnic groups, health issues, marriage and family, men in the women's movement, psychology, and women's issues.


  • 1950 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1978

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


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An active member of the National Organization of Women (NOW), Loretta Moore held various posts, including founder and first president of the NOW Downriver Chapter, and was named "Feminist of the Year" by NOW in 1977. Ms. Moore served as a trustee of Wayne County Community College, a Board Member of the Michigan Employment Agency Advisory Council, and was active in Michigan Democratic politics. Ms. Moore’s papers reflect her work with NOW and her involvement in community affairs and Michigan politics.


Loretta Moore was born in Vernon, Indiana on September 12, 1935. She attended Butler University in Indiana. She also attended Wayne State University and earned an M.A. in Social Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology. She was employed at the Ford Motor Company as an Industrial Relations Analyst from 1967 to 1969. She was an instructor at local colleges and universities from 1968 to 1978. She also wrote and published several papers.

Ms. Moore was actively involved in the National Organization for Women. Offices she held were: founder and first president of the Downriver Chapter of NOW; Employment Chairperson and Board Member of Detroit NOW; Chairperson of Michigan NOW and Affirmative Action Council; State Representative of Detroit's Chapter of NOW; and Co-chairperson of the Tenth National NOW Conference. She was named 'Feminist of the Year" by NOW in 1977.

In addition to her work with NOW, Ms. Moore served as a trustee at Wayne County Community College from 1975 to 1979; was a Board Member of the Michigan Employment Agency Advisory Council; and was the Democratic candidate in Michigan's Tenth District senate campaign in 1978. Ms. Moore died in 1979, at the age of 43.


Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-6), Series 3 (Boxes 7-8), Series 4 (Boxes 9-14), Series 5 (Boxes 15-17), and Series 6 (Boxes 18-24). Folders are arranged alphabetically, except for series 1 which is arranged hierarchically by NOW's structure.


The papers of Loretta Moore were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March of 1980 by Mr. Paul Moore.


Copies of the NOW publications As We See It Now and Do It Now for the years 1973 through 1975 as well as copies of the Congressional Clearinghouse on Women's Rights, the MEA Legislative Bulletin and Legislator have been placed in the Archives Library.

Ten photographs of the 1976 Michigan NOW Affirmative Action Conference and two cassette tapes have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November 1983.
Guide to the Loretta Moore Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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