Albert Kahn Associates records: 1825-2014 (bulk 1900-1945)
full text File Size: 4086 K bytes | how to request materials

 
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
Rhonda Drinan (Chapter Developer) files 1977-1979 [subseries]

The Rhonda Drinan files illustrate the state conference's role in energizing, disciplining, educating, and coordinating the local chapters of NOW, as well as the triumphs and traumas of the local chapters themselves. This series provides a fascinating glimpse into the institutional mechanics of the National Organization for Women.

The Correspondence folder includes communications with the national chapter coordinator and requests from women seeking to join or organize a local chapter. Correspondence with the local chapters themselves --dealing with everything from confirming Drinan's appearance at a meeting to what to do about personality conflicts within a chapter--is contained in the Chapters subseries. The Notes and Materials subseries provides an overview of the duties, goals, and accomplishments of the Chapter Developer, as well as of the problems and priorities of leading a local chapter. It includes notes on the status and state of each chapter, and agendas and notes for Drinan's meetings with chapters. Specific material worth mentioning includes "Guidelines for Starting a NOW Chapter, "The Reaction of Women to the Inferior Status of Women," the notes on "feminist burn-out, and "How to Do an Auction."

The cornerstone of the series is the Chapters subseries. Correspondence with chapter officers and material (flyers, agendas, handouts, handbooks) sent from the chapters to document their activities form the bulk of these files, though a good deal of routine bureaucratic communication is also present. The correspondence offers occasional glimpses into the personal conflicts and friendships which had so much to do with the success or failure of local chapters. Insights are afforded, too, into the sometimes tangled bureaucracy of NOW.

Box   5  
Correspondence
Box   5  
Notes and Materials
Box   5  
General
 
Facts of Chapter Developing
Box   5  
Management/Leadership
Box   5  
Consciousness Raising (including songs)
Box   5  
Direct Action Organizing/Priorities Setting
Box   5  
Fundraising
 
Chapter Development Retreats and Conferences
Box   6  
Lansing February 1977
 
Big Rapids November 1977
Box   6  
General
Box   6  
Evaluations
Box   6  
MSU (including evaluations) March 1980
 
Chapters
 
General Information
Box   6  
Activities Reports 1976
Box   6  
Questionnaires 1977
Box   6  
Adrian/Lenawee County
Box   6  
Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County
Box   6  
Battle Creek
Box   6  
Bay City
Box   6  
Berrien county
Box   6  
Big Rapids
Box   6  
Branch County
Box   6  
Copper County
Box   6  
Detroit
Box   6  
Downriver
Box   6  
Eastern U.P.
Box   6  
Flint
Box   6  
Grand Rapids
Box   6  
Howell
Box   6  
Jackson
Box   6  
Kalamazoo
Box   6  
Lansing
Box   6  
Macomb County
Box   6  
Marquette
Box   6  
Midland
Box   6  
Monroe County
Box   6  
Mt. Pleasant
Box   6  
Muskegon-Ottawa
Box   6  
Northern Oakland County
Box   6  
Northwest Wayne County
Box   6  
Oakland County
Box   6  
Petoskey
Box   6  
Port Huron
Box   6  
Saginaw
Box   6  
Traverse City
Box   6  
University of Michigan, Dearborn