Nichols Arboretum (University of Michigan) records: 1921-2006 (Majority of material found within 1995-2004)
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Organizations circa 1970-1985 [series]

The Organizations series contains materials relating to political groups in which Ms. Kefauver was active or in which she had an interest. The Organizations series is arranged alphabetically. It includes information on groups such as the Feminist Bureau of Investigation, apparently a very small group which publicized Michigan politicians who had supported legislation favorable to women (in "Feminist Honor Roll" posters) and also awarded the "Keep-Em-Barefoot-&-Pregnant" Award to the politician who had sought to do the most harm to women through legislative action. Ms. Kefauver was particularly active in the League of Women Voters, both in the Dearborn Heights chapter and at the state level, and these documents reflect her involvement in the administration and activities of those organizations. In addition, she served on the League's Environmental Quality Commission and Foreign Relations Committee.

Also of note are the materials related to International Women's Year (IWY), the majority of which revolve around the 1977 National Women's Conference that took place in Houston, Texas. The goal of this conference was to create a 'Plan of Action' to present to both President Jimmy Carter and Congress. These files contain conference materials as well as some agendas, minutes, reports, and various collected pamphlets and booklets.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an organization of feminist grassroots activists. Although NOW has many chapters nationwide, the majority of the materials in this collection relate to NOW activities in the state of Michigan, particularly the legislative priorities of the Michigan Conference and the activities of the Detroit chapter.

Ms. Kefauver was also an active member of the Republican Party, serving as a delegate to the State Convention several times and as a member of the Issues Committee. The materials in these files reflect Ms. Kefauver's attempts to educate Michigan Republicans about the importance of women's issues, and so reflect the response (or lack thereof) of the Republican Party in Michigan to the emerging women's movement. However, the majority of the materials relating to the Republican State Committee demonstrate the routine kinds of communications between the party and its workers, and materials promoting specific candidates for state office. These documents make an interesting counterpoint with those reflecting Ms. Kefauver's participation in the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL). WEAL is "a nationwide women's rights organization founded in 1968 to promote greater economic progress on the part of American women, by investigating and seeking solutions to economic, educational, tax, and employment problems affecting women. WEAL lobbies and testifies on issues before Congress, writes legislation, and monitors the enforcement of laws, lawsuits, and federal regulations affecting women's rights" ("Position Description, Executive Director, Women's Equity Action League," December 1978, Folder: WEAL, National, 1978-1985). Ms. Kefauver served as State President of the Michigan chapter of WEAL and as such attended its national board meetings. She was also a registered lobbyist for WEAL and the "WEAL Michigan" folder contains extensive evidence of her communication with legislators and the press regarding legislation affecting women in Michigan.

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Feminist Bureau of Investigation 1972-1982
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Feminist Women's City Club (Detroit) 1976-1977
 
International Women's Year circa 1975-1983
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Media 1975-1977
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The Continuing Committee of the Conference circa 1976-1983 (3 folders)
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National Women's Conference (3 folders)
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Michigan Delegation, National Women's Conference 1977
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The First 18 Months: A Status Report of the Carter Administration Action on International Women's Year Resolutions"
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Collected White House material 1979-1980
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Minutes and Report from Michigan Coordinating Committee
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"Women in Public Office - The Time is Right!"
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Focus: Michigan Women Meeting, Final Report
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Collected Material circa 1977-1978 (2 folders)
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Collected Conference Material and Newspapers (2 folders)
 
League of Women Voters
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Dearborn Heights Chapter 1970-1977
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Michigan Chapter 1971-1975
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Michigan Chapter, Environmental Quality Commission 1971-1972
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Michigan Chapter, Foreign Relations Committee 1970-1977
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Michigan Democratic Women's Caucus 1973-1982
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Michigan Women's Commission 1973-1980
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Michigan Women's Political Caucus 1971-1974
 
National Organization for Women (NOW) circa 1971-1979
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Address Lists 1974 and undated (2 folders)
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Detroit Chapter, Board of Directors Minutes 1971-1974
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Detroit Chapter Newsletters 1971-1975 (2 folders)
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Detroit Chapter Sues Michigan Bell Telephone Company 1972-1973
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Detroit NOW: Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, and other material circa 1971-1978
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Mid-Western Wayne County NOW Chapter By-Laws and Job Descriptions 1976, undated
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Outstate Chapter Newsletters 1976-1977 (2 folders)
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Michigan Conference NOW Legislative Positions: Sports, Sex Ed., etc.
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Michigan Conference, Legislative Alerts 1973-1977
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Michigan Conference Legislative Priorities: 1973-1974 session (2 folders)
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Michigan Conference, Linda Stults, State Coordinator 1972-1973
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Michigan Conference National Organization for Women, Nan Frost Welmers 1977-1979
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Michigan Conference, State Convention
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Midwest Regional Conferences
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Michigan Consumer's Council: Articles, State meeting
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National NOW Times
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National Women's Education Fund Campaign Techniques Workshop (2 folders)
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NOW and Michigan Youth Caucus
 
Republican State Committee
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Bylaws, Financial Statements, Reports, etc. 1971-1974
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Issues Committee 1975-1977
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Materials from Leadership Conference August 1975
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State Conventions 1974-1977
 
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL)
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Michigan Division 1973-1980
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National Organization 1978-1985
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Women's Groups Addresses 1976-1982
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Women's Liberation Coalition of Michigan (undated)
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Women Organized to Meet Existing Needs (WOMEN) 1975-1976
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Women's Republican Caucus 1975