M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

ARCHIVES OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY

Preliminary Finding Aid for the
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN--ALBANY (N.Y.) CHAPTER
RECORDS, 1966-2005
(APAP-174)

For reference queries contact M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Kayla Misner (Arrangement, Box and Folder List)
Chris Batista (Administrative History)

November 2006



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 6.41 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by the National Organization for Women--Albany (N.Y.) Chapter in October 2005.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List:


National Organization for Women--Albany (N.Y.) Chapter
Administrative History

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Albany Area NOW is a grassroots, civil rights organization concerned with issues of and related to women. The chapter serves the Capital Region including Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties. The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 and has maintained its position on bringing equality to all women. Albany Area NOW belongs to a larger community whose main objective is to eliminate discrimination in the work place, school, the justice system, and all sectors of society.

The Albany chapter was one of the first local chapters in the State of New York to be in full operation (1972). From the time of its organization in the Capital Region, the chapter has made an effort to ensure woman have the same privileges and responsibilities as men within American society. There were originally plans to establish a chapter in the Capital Region in 1967, but there were financial setbacks in the state chapter that initially prevented the organization of the chapter. The Albany chapter flourished within the first two years of its creation. From its early years, the chapter was fortunate to have several leaders, including Sue Larsen, Pauline Brundage, and Jeanne Dross, who worked to make the chapter a presence. These members occupied positions in the local and state NOW organizations. At various times in its history, the Albany chapter has served as the central office for NOW-New York State.

NOW has been an advocate of reproductive rights and believes that reproductive issues are a matter of life and death for women. NOW has also supported educational opportunities for women, the ERA (equal rights amendment), equal pay for women, and other issues.

Presidents:
Rosanne Rosen, 1976-1977
Sue Larsen, 1977
Pauline Brundage, 1978-1979
Sue Larsen, 1979-1981
Candy Banks, 1981
Beverly Skoll, 1981-1983
Camille Costa and Mary Merceir, 1983-1984
Heidi Jane Siegfried, 1986-1987
Faith Most, 1987-1988
Joan Butcher and Teri Peters, 1988-1989
Kathy Bobb, 1989-1992
Marcia Pappas, 1993-1996
Kathy Bobb and Joan McNerney, 1997-
Barbara Morrissey 2006-


National Organization for Women--Albany (N.Y.) Chapter
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The collection includes correspondence, minutes, by-laws, financial reports, subject files on women's issues, and printed materials pertaining to NOW with particular strength in documenting the Albany and New York State chapters. The records of this women's organization pertain to sexual discrimination in education and employment, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and other gender-related issues.

Related collections include the records of NOW--New York State (APAP-029) as well as various collections found in the subject guide for Women.


National Organization for Women--Albany (N.Y.) Chapter
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Series 1: Administrative Files, circa 1966-2006

Box 1
Folder

1. Abortion Task Force, 1979-1980
2. Administrative Policy Manual, 1990
3. Albany Chapter, 1970, 1972-1973
4. Albany NOW Activities, 1976
5. Albany Area NOW Chapter, 1984-1985
6. Albany Area NOW PAC Information, 1982-1984
7. Area Contacts, 1972, 1976-1977
8. Albany County Rape Crisis Center, 1984
9. At-Large, Added Members, 1994
10. At Large Delegate Election, 1977
11. Annual Report, 1997
12. By-Laws, Model Information, 1978, 1983
13. By-Laws, National NOW, 1976-1977, 1989
14. By-Laws, New York State NOW,1983, 1993
15. Campaign Material, 1985-1987
16. Campaign Material, 1985-1988
17. Chapter Development, Issues, 1983-1984
18. Conferences, NOW-NYS, 1977, 1981, 1983
19. Correspondence, 1977-1979
20. Correspondence, 1981-1984
21. Correspondence, Between Different NOW Chapters, 1983-1984
22. Correspondence, Open Issues, 1977
23. Employment Task Force, 1978, 1980-1982
24. ERA Task Force, 1980-1981
25. Executive Committee, 1980-1981
26. Executive Committee, 1981
27. Executive Committee, Agenda and Pink Forms, 1982
28. Executive Committee, New York State, 1983-1984
29. How to do a Vote Count, 1983
30. Issues Policy Manual, 1990
31. Legislative, 1977-1978
32. Legislative, 1979
33. Legislative, 1979-1981
34. Legislative, 1981-1982
35. Legislative, Lobbying, 1982
36. Legislative, 1983
37. Legislative, 1989
38. Lesbian Rights Task Force, 1980-1981
39. Letters Asking For Help, 1990
40. Lobbying, 1976-1977
41. Lobbying Day, 1982
42. Lobbying Day, 1983
43. Lobbying, 1983-1984
44. Lobby Day, 1984
45. Lobbying Hints/Tips, 1982
46. Lobbyist, 1978-1979

Box 2
Folder

1. Making Waves, 1996
2. Marriage and Divorce Task Force, 1980-1982
3. Meeting and Conference Notes, 1979
4. Membership, 1976-1978
5. Membership, 1983-1984
6. Membership, 1987-1988
7. Membership, 1997
8. Membership, Processing Manual, 1985
9. Minutes, 1987
10. Miscellaneous, 1983-1984
11. Newsletters, 1993-1994, 1996
12. NOW, 1996-1997
13. NOW, Board, Minutes, 1976
14. NOW, Board, October Notices, 1996
15. NOW, Board, Task Force Coordinators, undated
16. NOW, Conferences, 1977
17. NOW, Conferences, 1978
18. NOW, Conferences, 1979
19. NOW, Conferences, Legislators, 1981
20. NOW, Conferences, 1983-1987
21. NOW, Conferences, 1989-1992
22. NOW, Fundraising, 1989, 1996
23. NOW, Mailings, 1976
24. NOW, Miscellaneous, 1990-1991, 1994
25. NOW, Pamphlets, 2005
26. NOW, Policy Manual, 1979
27. NOW, Platform, 1982-1985
28. NOW, Programs (Past), 1966-1973
29. NOW, New York State, 1976-1977
30. NOW, New York State, 1984, 1987
31. NOW, New York State, Archives, 1985
32. NOW, New York State, Conference, 1975-1976, 1996-1997
33. NOW, New York State, Convention, Assault on Women’s Rights, 2005
34. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1975-1976
35. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1978-1982

Box 3
Folder

1. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1980
2. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1980-1982
3. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, July, September, 1981
4. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, November, 1981
5. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1982
6. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1982-1983
7. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1983
8. NOW-New York State, Information, 1998
9. NOW-New York State, Meeting Material, Office Information, 1983
10. Northeast NOW Regional Conference, National Board, 1990
11. NOW Photographs, 1986
12. NOW Photographs, undated
13. PAC Information, 1990, 1992
14. PAC Manual, 1990
15. Questions for NOW Chapter Activists, 1986
16. Raffle, 1992, 1997-1998
17. Reproductive Rights, 1981-1983
18. Reproductive Rights Task Force, 1975, 1983, 1985
19. Requests for Donations, undated
20. Rules and Regulations, 1975-1977
21. Sign-in Meeting Sheets, 1994-1997
22. Social Action Conference (SAC), 1983-1985
23. South End Scene, Correspondence, 1983
24. Task Forces, 1976-1977
25. Task Forces, 1976-1979
26. Task Forces, 1980, 1982-1983
27. Task Force on Women’s Issues, Including Reproductive Rights, 1984-1985
28. Treasurer, Finances, 1977-1978, 1982
29. Uniform Dues, 1981
30. Voter Registration Network, 1984
31. Women’s Meetings, Information, Delegates, 1977
32. Women’s Rights, 1977
33. Yellow Pages, 1974
34. Fundraising, 1975-1985
35. Membership, undated
36. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1985-1986
37. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1987
38. NOW, New York State, Council Meetings, 1987-1988
39. NOW-New York State, Policy, 1977
40. NOW-New York State, Policy, 1977, 1979, 1982
41. Resolutions, 1988

Photographs
Young adults holding a “Keep Abortion Legal” sign while seated on a lion statue, 2 Photographs

Audiotapes
NOW, Public Service Announcements for Radio Stations, 6-1 minutes spots and 4-30 second spots, 2 Reel-to-Reel Tapes, 1977
NOW PAC, Walter Mondale Endorsement, Audiocassette Tape, December 1983
NOW National Convention, Presidential Candidates Speeches, Audiocassette Tape, 1982


National Organization for Women--Albany (N.Y.) Chapter
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Series 2: Publications, circa 1971-1997, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Articles, 1977
2. Articles, 1983-1984, 1987
3. Articles and Newsletters, 1982-1985, 1989-1993
4. Articles on NOW, 1985-1987
5. Childcare in Michigan: A Profile, 1989
6. Early Childhood Services in New York State, Volumes I and II, 1987
7. Education, 1971, 1977-1978, 1980-1981
8. Education, Sex Bias in Schools, 1974, 1977, 1981
9. Employers and Childcare in New York State, 1987
10. Family, 1979
11. Hard Questions/Straight Answers: Child Care Policy for New York State, 1986
12. Impact of Campus-Based Childcare on the Academic Success of Student-Parents at SUNY Community Colleges, 1988
13. Miscellaneous Facts, Pamphlets, Articles, Information, 1981
14. National Pro-Choice Directory, 1996-1997
15. News Clippings, 1981-1982
16. News Clippings, 1983
17. News Clippings, 1984
18. News Clippings, 1989
19. Reproductive Freedom News, 1986, 1993
20. School-Age Childcare in New York State, undated
21. Speaking Out About Childcare, 1986
22. A Study of New York Day Care Work Salaries and Benefits, 1986
23. Tabs, Magazine, 1979
24. Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 1989
25. Where Have All the Children Gone?, 1983
26. The Women’s Monthly, 1981-1982
27. Women! This is Your Newspaper, Majority Report, 1973, 1975, 1977


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Series 3: Subject Files, circa 1966-1997

Box 1
Folder

1. Abortion, 1985-1986, 1989
2. Abortion, 1988-1989
3. Abortion/Choice, 1989
4. Abortion, 1990
5. Affirmative Action Information, 1996
6. AIDS, 1985, 1987-1988
7. Articles, Pamphlets, Contribution Cards, 1990-1991
8. Assembly and Congress, 1984
9. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, 1997
10. Campus Organizing, 1994
11. Candidate Questionnaires, 1993
12. Child Care, A Feminist Perspective, undated
13. Child Support, 1992
14. Civil Disobedience Training, 1991-1992
15. Combating Racism, 1984
16. Consciousness Raising, 1980
17. Consciousness Raising, 1986
18. The Corporate Woman, 1975
19. Cover Letter, Support Questionnaire, Political Races, undated
20. Education, 1976, 1978-1981
21. Equal Education Rights, 1984
22. Equal Rights, circa 1976-1986
23. ERA, 1976-1977
24. ERA, 1984
25. Fact Sheets, 20 Years of Feminism, 1966-1986
26. The Federal Employees’ Pay Equity Act of 1984, 1984
27. Feminization of Poverty, circa 1990-1992
28. FFMR-Fundraising, 1990
29. Family Planning Advocates, Information, 1993
30. The Future of NOW, 1991
31. Gender Bias, Girls Lose Out in Education, Information, 1994
32. High School Speakers Service, 1995
33. The History of NOW, undated
34. Hooters, 1995
35. Human Rights, Lawsuit, 1994
36. Human Rights, Lawsuit, 1994
37. Internal Affairs, 1976
38. I Want a Wife, If Women Just Stopped, 1992
39. Late-Term Abortions, 1981
40. Legislative Package, Employment, undated
41. Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1983, 1985
42. Lesbian Rights-A NOW Issue, 1992
43. Lobby Guidelines, 1992-1994
44. Local New York State NOW Newsletters, 1988
45. Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Andrews, NAACP, 1982-1983
46. Minority and Women Owned Business Development, undated
47. Non-Violent Action, 1991
48. NOW-New York State Opposes, No-Fault, 1990
49. NOW’s Priority Issues and List of Other Organizations, 1987, 1991
50. NOW Statement of Purpose, 1966-1985
51. Operation Rescue, undated
52. Pinkster Fest, 1993-1994, 1997
53. Racism, 1988-1989
54. Rally, Washington, D.C., 1995
55. Reproductive Rights Resource Kit, 1981
56. Resources for Women Seeking Relief from Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, 1985
57. Simpson, O.J., News Release, 1995
58. Teen-Access and Abortion, undated
59. Toward a Strong and Effective Women’s Movement, 1973
60. Truth Squad, Reagan Administration, 1984
61. Vigil for Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols, Abortion Clinic Workers, 1995
62. Violence Against Women, 1991
63. The Virginia Slims American Women’s Opinion Poll, 1985
64. V.O.C.A.L. (Victims of Crime Advocacy League), 1984
65. Walkathons and Marching Chants, 1983-1984
66. Why We are Involved in the Movement, undated
67. Women’s Building Project, 1984
68. Women-Friendly Workplace Consumer Pledge, undated
69. Women and Health, Sterilization, 1977
70. Women’s Health, 1994
71. Women’s History Week, 1983-1984
72. Women in the Military, 1990

Box 2
Folder

1. Abortion, 1990
2. Affirmative action, 1976, 1979-1980, 1985-1986
3. Ageism, 1978-1979
4. Alternate Work Schedules, 1977
5. Battered Women, 1975-1977, 1981
6. NOW Campaign to Save Women’s Lives, 1986
7. Child Care, 1980-1982, 1984, 1986
8. Child Care, 1986-1987
9. Child Care, 1986-1987
10. Child Care Legislation, 1986-1987
11. Children, 1976, 1984, 1986
12. Civil Rights Restoration Act, 1985-1987, 1989
13. Courts, Women in the, 1989
14. Credit, 1979, 1981
15. Custody, 1982, 1985-1986
16. Disabled, 1974
17. Discrimination, 1984-1986
18. Divestiture, 1986-1988
19. Domestic Relations, 1984, 1986
20. Draft, 1980
21. Education, 1981, 1987, 1991
22. Health, 1977, 1979
23. Homemakers, 1976, 1978-1979
24. Language, 1979
25. Lobbying, 1987
26. March on Washington, 1985-1986
27. Marches, 1987, 1989
28. Marches, 1989
29. Minority Women, 1973, 1979, 1981
30. Mobilize for Women’s Lives, November 12, 1989
31. Mommy Tracks, 1989
32. Nuclear Power, 1978-1980
33. Older Women, 1986-1987
34. Pay Equity, 1986
35. Phone Banking, 1986
36. Pornography, 1984-1987
37. Position Papers, 1978-1979
38. Pregnancy, 1976, 1979, 1981
39. Prenatal Care, 1986
40. Poverty, A Woman’s Issue, 1986
41. Prostitution, 1978-1979
42. Religion, 1977-1978, 1980
43. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 1987-1991
44. Sexual Harassment, 1981
45. Sexual Harassment, 1981
46. Social Security, 1979, 1984-1985
47. Supreme Court, 1991
48. Surrogate Parenting, 1987
49. NOW Title IX, 1972, 1976, 1979-1981
50. Walkathons, 1982, 1985
51. Welfare (see also Poverty), 1978
52. Women and Sports, 1978, 1981, 1983
53. Women’s Business Enterprise, 1987


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Series 4: Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1973-1992, 1997, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1973-1976
2. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1977-1979
3. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1980-1983
4. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1984
5. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1984-1985
6. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1986

Box 2
Folder

1. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1986
2. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, January-May 1987
3. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, June-December 1987
4. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, January-July 1988
5. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, August-December 1988
6. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, January-June 1989
7. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, July-December 1989
8. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1990
9. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1991
10. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1992
11. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1993
12. Albany Area NOW Newsletters, 1994-1997, undated


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