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MC65. Springfield National Organization of Women, Inc. Records, 1971-1991

Identifier: MC-65

Scope and Contents

Local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Committed to obtaining equal rights for women. Organized in 1971 and chartered in 1972.

By-laws, membership lists, correspondence, press releases, clippings, memoranda, photographs, announcements, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) campaign material, phone bank manual and script, position paper, and business records generated by this chapter documenting its campaign and educational activities, including the 1973 ERA Day, 1980 Walk-a-Thon, 1980 ERA Campaign, and 1982 Capitol March for ERA.

Topics include rape laws, non-sexist education, discrimination in wages and employment, and domestic violence. Of note are music and scripts for the 1973 dramatic persentation, "The Gilded Cage." Also contains records of Women's Alliance and the Coal Employment Project; a topical reference file on a variety of feminist topics; and correspondence, minutes, press releases, and publications of the Illinois and national offices of NOW documenting their organizing efforts and activities, especially lobbying for passage of the ERA.


  • Created: 1971 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access



3.00 Cubic Feet



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Source of Acquisition

Kathy Wood & Alma Kern - Gift of 1986 and 1995

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Repository Details

Part of the UIS Archives/Special Collections Repository

Archives/Special Collections LIB 144
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield IL 62703-5407 US