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Margot Duley-Morrow 1973-1984 [series]

The Margot Duley-Morrow accession (1973-1984; boxes 1-9) is comprised of fourteen series: Personal, Correspondence, Michigan NOW, Michigan NOW Coalitions, Clippings, Ephemera, Nan Frost Welmers files, Rhonda Drinan Files, ERA Task Force Chair, Shirley Monson files, Local Chapter files, Doris Little files, Virginia Harris files, and NOW newsletters.

 
Personal [subseries]

Of particular interest in the Personal series (1974-1983) is the folder entitled "Pedagogical Issues re: ERA." It contains an interesting exposition of Duley-Morrow's opinions about the legitimacy of the opposition to ERA and about the limits of the "equal time" doctrine in the college classroom. In the same series are three interns' reports on no-fault (divisible) divorce, funding of domestic violence programs in Washtenaw County, and independent practices for dental hygienists.

Box   1  
Biographical
 
Early Feminist Activities
Box   1  
Ohio ERA Campaign 1973
 
Ann Arbor-Washtenaw County NOW 1978-1979
Box   1  
Officers, Agendas, Treasurers Reports, etc.
Box   1  
ERA
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
University of Michigan
Box   1  
Commission for Women (Minutes, etc.) 1977-1978
 
Women's Studies
Box   1  
Pedagogical Issues re ERA 1979
Box   1  
Interns' Projects 1982-1983
 
Correspondence 1979-1984 [subseries]

Virtually all of the material in the Correspondence series (1979-1984) relates to Duley-Morrow's activities in Michigan NOW, first as ERA Task Force Chair and then as president. The topics of the correspondence run the gamut from requests for Duley-Morrow's participation in workshops and conferences to local chapter business, from policy discussions to more personal discussions of feminism. Duley-Morrow's correspondents include NOW officers at the local, state, regional, and national level, public officials, officers of other feminist, civil rights, and special-interest organizations, and representatives of the news media. Most of the correspondence are letters received, but some copies of letters sent are included as well. Included here as well are Duley-Morrow's notes of telephone conversations, which are quite legible, though at time cryptic. All in all, this series well-illustrates the varied duties and activities of a NOW state president, the broad affiliations of Michigan NOW in its pursuit of its goals, the personalities and relationships which vivify the organization: that is, both the formal and personal aspects of feminist activism are illuminated.

Box   1  
1979-1980 (scattered)
Box   1  
1981
Box   1  
1982 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1983
Box   1  
1984 (scattered)
Box   1  
Correspondence Undated
Box   1  
Notes Undated
 
Michigan NOW [subseries]

The Michigan NOW series (1976-1984) includes a variety of records. The officers meeting minutes, the state conventions materials, and the State Coordinating Council (SCC) materials contain information regarding the establishment and implementation of policy. However, there is not as much substance in these folders as there could be. Convention and meeting agendas and minutes are very scattered (especially for the state conventions). However, the ephemera from the conventions is in itself informative, and includes proposed resolutions, and announcements of workshops and other events. In addition, the 1980 convention material includes Duley-Morrow's ERA Task Force report notes and notes regarding the balloting for state officers. The 1983 convention is most completely documented, and includes Duley-Morrow's script for directing the proceedings. Scattered through the convention and SCC material are annotations and notes made by Duley-Morrow. Also included in the SCC folders are scattered reports from other state officers.

The bulk of the NOW PAC documents are meeting handouts and Duley-Morrow's notes. But there are, too, bylaws, scattered minutes, some candidate questionnaires and voting records, mailings, fund-raisers and notes on endorsements. In general, the documentation of Michigan NOW's political activities is disappointingly scattered. The Education Task Force files are, however, supplemented by the more extensive Education subseries of the Michigan NOW Coalitions series.

The communications subseries is especially noteworthy for two folders: the speeches, etc. of Duley-Morrow and the Hotline. In the former is a ringing one and a half page undated summary of Michigan NOW's recent accomplishments and activities, set against the Conference's limited resources. The Hotline is a series of one-page mailings from the state president to chapter presidents, announcing upcoming events, calling attention to special issues and urging calls and letters to public officials or the news media, asking for short-term volunteer help, announcing changes in agendas or personnel, and the like. The Topical File subseries is composed largely of secondary material on the issues listed.

 
General
Box   1  
Bylaws
 
Officers
Box   1  
Lists
 
Meetings
Box   1  
1982-1983 (scattered)
Box   1  
June 1983
Box   1  
Notes Undated
Box   1  
Membership
Box   1  
Budgets
Box   1  
Dues and Miscellaneous Financial Information
Box   1  
Resolutions
 
Local Chapters
Box   1  
Administrative Miscellaneous
Box   1  
Ephemera
 
State Conferences
Box   1  
, Midland (from Rhonda Drinan files) June 1976
Box   1  
, Ann Arbor June 1977
Box   1  
, Battle Creek (from Rhonda Drinan files) June 1978
Box   1  
, Woodhaven June 1979
Box   1  
, (Chapter Development) March 1980
Box   1  
, East Lansing June 1980
Box   1  
, Kalamazoo June 1981
Box   1  
, (Chapter Development) November 1981
 
, Warren June 1982
Box   1  
General
Box   1  
Plenary II
 
Livonia June 1983
Box   1  
Preparations
Box   1  
General Information
Box   1  
Manual for Chapter Leaders
Box   1  
Minutes, Resolutions, Reports, Bylaws
Box   1  
Election
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
Box   1  
, Mid June 1984
 
State Coordinating Council (SCC)
Box   2  
Minutes 1979-1984 (scattered)
Box   2  
Meetings 1980-1983 (9 folders)
 
NOW PAC
Box   2  
Bylaws
Box   2  
Minutes (scattered)
 
Meetings
Box   2  
July 1981, September 1981
Box   2  
May 1982
Box   2  
February 1984
Box   2  
March 1984
 
Notes and Miscellaneous
Box   2  
November 1979-December 1981 (scattered)
Box   2  
June-December 1982
Box   2  
March-December 1983
Box   2  
Undated
 
Legislators
Box   2  
Lists by Local NOW Chapters
Box   2  
Voting Records in State Legislature
Box   2  
NOW Endorsements
 
Miscellaneous Information
Box   2  
Purcell vs O'Reilly, Congressional Race 1980
Box   2  
Blanchard/ Griffiths, Gubernatorial Campaign 1982
Box   2  
Powers, University of Michigan Regents Campaign 1982
Box   2  
Reigle, U.S. Senate Campaign 1982
Box   2  
Sterling Heights State Senate Race (Venek vs. Wilson) 1982
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Campaign Literature
Box   2  
Mailings
Box   2  
Fund-raisers
 
Lobbying
Box   2  
List of Legislative Priorities 1983
Box   2  
Legislative Reports/Updates from Michigan NOW's Legislative Vice-President 1979-1983 (scattered)
 
Specific Legislation
Box   2  
Eliot-Larson Civil Rights Act Legislation
Box   2  
Abortion
Box   2  
Job Partnership Training Act
Box   2  
Friend of the Court Reform
Box   2  
Set-aside Program for Women and Minority Business Owners
 
Miscellaneous Legislation
Box   2  
Drafts 1981
Box   2  
Michigan
Box   2  
National
 
Task Forces and Committees
 
Education Task Force (Patricia Klein, Chair) 1980-1982
Box   2  
Correspondence (primarily re MHSAA lawsuit) October 1979-April 1982
Box   2  
Secondary Material on Women in High School Athletics in Michigan
Box   2  
Sex Equity in Public Schools, Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Lesbian Rights Task Force
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Task Forces
Box   2  
Fundraising Committee
 
Communications
Box   2  
Speeches, Reports, etc. by Duley-Morrow
Box   2  
Mailings over Duley-Morrow's Signature
Box   2  
Press Releases
Box   2  
Hotline June 1979-April 1983, undated
Box   2  
Special Workshops: Defeating the Right Wing January 1981
 
Topical File
 
Gay Rights
Box   2  
Proposition 13, Seattle 1978
Box   2  
Proposition 6, California 1978
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Insurance Rates, see Bias in
Box   2  
Lee, Rex, Nomination 1981
Box   2  
Military Issues and Feminism
Box   2  
Poverty, Women In
Box   2  
South African Divestment
Box   2  
Surrogate Parenting
Box   2  
Waitresses and Tax on Tips
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
 
Michigan Now Coalitions [subseries]

The Michigan NOW Coalitions series highlights some of the social and political coalitions of which Michigan NOW is an important part. Of the five subseries, the first three--Education, ERA, and Women's Assembly III--are by far the most substantive and interesting. (Additional records relating to such coalitions will be found in the Michigan NOW, 1976-1979 subgroup and the Alicia Perez-Banuet subgroup).

In the area of education, Michigan NOW made its most impressive contribution as a leader of the Michigan Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER). The Project's most significant effort was a suit filed against the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to equalize funding and access for women in high school sports (c. 1979-1983). Memos, documents, and correspondence concerning the suit, and drafts of the formal complaint make up the most important portion of the Education subseries, though other PEER material--including documents pertaining to other PEER athletics lawsuits--are also included.

The ERA subseries combines activities of Michigan NOW and those of coalitions including Michigan NOW; most often there was no clear dividing line. The Mailings to Michigan NOW Officers folder contains memos on strategy and updates on events from the "Conference ERA Task Force Chair. The Campaign Kits folder contains two examples of nuts and bolts instructions for activists in raising funds, recruiting volunteers, and coordinating events. The two most important groups of documents in the subseries are the Notebooks and the ERAmerica material. The notebooks are presumably those of the task force chair, and include a rich hodgepodge of sources: cartoons, clippings, position papers, flyers, activists' primers, ERA Alerts, and much more. The opponents of ERA are documented in the notebooks, too, as are rebuttals to the main arguments of those opponents. The notebooks represent Michigan NOW's ERA campaigning in microcosm. ERAmerica was the nationwide organization bringing together and coordinating the diverse groups dedicated to passing the amendment. The material here relates to the Michigan branch, and contains five years of newsletters announcing events, warning of trouble, and disseminating information. Other ERAmerica material is scattered throughout the subgroup.

Women's Assembly III began in 1982 as a two-day convention of representatives of 28 women's groups in Michigan, meeting "to develop a feminist platform with the purpose of supporting and working toward the goals of power for all women and women in all places of power: (from the Assembly's "Preface"). The Assembly, in response to the success of the original convention, did not dissolve, but formed a permanent network to pursue its goals, and in 1983 became a co-sponsor of the International Women's Year (IWY) National Women's Conference. The Women's Assembly III subseries is dense with substantive material, outlining its principles and structure, documenting its platform, and illustrating its shift from two-day conference to permanent network. The Assembly is especially important because it represents a rather broad feminist consensus, and hence may serve to help define the parameters of the movement in Michigan.

 
Education
 
Michigan Project on Equal Education rights (PEER)
Box   3  
Michigan PEER Perspective newsletter) (incomplete) October 1979-November, 1983
Box   3  
Correspondence and Mailings
Box   3  
Reports, Goals, Brochures, etc.
Box   3  
Advisory Board Membership
Box   3  
Conference October, 1981
 
MHSAA Lawsuit
Box   3  
Memos, Documents, Correspondence 1979-1983
Box   3  
Drafts of Formal Complaint
 
Title IX, Miscellaneous
Box   3  
University of Michigan sports, Including Lawsuit 1979, 1982
Box   3  
Ann Arbor Schools
Box   3  
Dated Mailings and Correspondence
Box   3  
Miscellaneous Undated
Box   3  
Budgets and Donors
Box   3  
Ford Foundation Grant
Box   3  
National PEER Perspective (scattered)
Box   3  
Miscellaneous (including scattered meeting minutes)
 
Michigan Education Association (MEA) Women's Caucus
Box   3  
The Activist (newsletter) May 1981-April 1983 (scattered)
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
Coalition for Non-Sexist Education
 
ERA
Box   3  
Lists of Michigan NOW Activists 1979-1982, undated
Box   3  
Mailings to "Michigan NOW Officers, Chapter Presidents, and ERA Chairs," 1979-1982
Box   3  
Campaign Kits: from National NOW and Wisconsin NOW
Box   3  
Michigan ERA Information Notebook 1976-1979 (3 volumes)
Box   3  
Notebook 1977-1978
Box   3  
Notebook 1978-1979
Box   3  
Campaign Notes
Box   3  
Campus Campaign (University of Michigan)
Box   3  
Alerts, (scattered)
 
Speeches and Reports
Box   3  
Duley-Morrow
Box   4  
Others
 
Affiliated Groups
 
Michigan ERAmerica
Box   4  
Coalition Update (newsletter) (incomplete) 1978-1983
Box   4  
Minutes, Budgets, Miscellaneous (scattered)
Box   4  
Michigan Labor Organizations
Box   4  
Others
 
Events
Box   4  
Michigan Walkathons 1977, 1978
Box   4  
Rally, Washington, D.C. June, 1978
Box   4  
Call to Action Conference, Detroit February, 1980
Box   4  
Rally, Detroit July, 1980
Box   4  
A New Day Beyond ERA, Detroit June, 1982
 
Campaign in Other States
Box   4  
Illinois
Box   4  
Florida
Box   4  
Idaho
Box   4  
Missouri and Indiana
 
Miscellaneous
Box   4  
Mailings
Box   4  
Flyers
Box   4  
Etcetera
 
Women's Assembly III
Box   4  
Operating Principles and Structure 1982, 1983
 
The Assembly June, 1982
Box   4  
Platform
 
Conference Materials
Box   4  
Education
Box   4  
Other
Box   4  
Participant's Notebook (Duley-Morrow)
Box   4  
Agendas, Minutes, Treasurers Reports July 1982-April, 1983 (scattered)
Box   4  
Legislation and Education, Miscellaneous
Box   4  
Memos and Mailings, Miscellaneous 1982-1983
Box   4  
Future Directions (undated)
Box   4  
Lists of Participants
Box   4  
Miscellaneous
 
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
Box   4  
General Information
Box   4  
Nominating Procedure
Box   4  
Solidarity Day Rally September, 1981
 
National Regional, and Out of State NOW
Box   4  
Lists of National and 50 State Leaders
Box   4  
National Conference, Detroit 1977
 
Regional Conferences
Box   4  
Southbend, Indiana (informal) September 1979
Box   4  
Ann Arbor (planning committee) April 1980
Box   4  
Cincinnati April 1983
Box   4  
Regional, Miscellaneous
Box   4  
Out-of-State, Miscellaneous
 
Clippings 1967, 1979-1983 [subseries]

Regarding the Clippings series it should be noted that there are disappointingly few articles about Michigan NOW, though many on women's issues in Michigan and general Michigan politics. Many of the clippings concern the impact of the Reagan Administration's social policy on women. Most of the clippings are dated.

Box   4  
File 1980
 
ERA
Box   4  
From File 1980
Box   4  
From Lansing State Journal
Box   4  
Miscellaneous
Box   5  
Michigan NOW and Michigan Women's Issues
Box   5  
Michigan Politics
Box   5  
Out-of-State and National NOW
Box   5  
Women's Issues, miscellaneous
Box   5  
Gay Rights
Box   5  
New Right/Moral Majority
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
 
Ephemera circa 1970-1983 [subseries]

The Ephemera series is composed of brochures, flyers, and miscellaneous mailings from Michigan organizations (or state branches of national organizations). This material illustrates both Michigan NOW's network of affiliations and concerns, and the activities of these diverse social justice, civil rights, and women's groups.

Box   5  
ACLU, Michigan
Box   5  
People for the American Way
Box   5  
Catholics for Free Choice
Box   5  
Center of Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State
Box   5  
Coalition of Labor union Women (CLUW)
Box   5  
Comparable Worth Task Force (CWTF) Lansing
Box   5  
Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC)/Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
Box   5  
Michigan Civil Rights Commission
Box   5  
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Box   5  
Michigan Network of Runaway Youth Services
Box   5  
Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights
Box   5  
Michigan Reproductive Freedom Council
Box   5  
Michigan Republican Women's Task Force
Box   5  
Michigan Welfare Reform Coalition
Box   5  
Michigan Women's Campaign Fund
Box   5  
Michigan Women's Commission
Box   5  
Michigan Women's Political Caucus
Box   5  
Miscellaneous Michigan Women's Organizations
Box   5  
Miscellaneous Michigan Organizations
Box   5  
National Black Child Development Institute, Detroit Metro Affiliate
Box   5  
National Health Service, Michigan Coalition for
Box   5  
National Women's Conference
Box   5  
National Women's Education fund
Box   5  
Planned parenthood of Michigan
Box   5  
Safehouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Box   5  
Violence Against Women Committee, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Box   5  
Voice of Reason, Franklin, Michigan
Box   5  
Women in Action, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Box   5  
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), Michigan
Box   5  
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Michigan
Box   5  
Women's Justice Center, Detroit
 
Nan Frost-Welmers (President) files 1977-1979 [subseries]

The Chapter Information folder in the Nan Frost-Welmers series is a notebook containing forms for each local chapter which give information on the regularity of meetings, lists of officers, and other miscellaneous points. (Additional, and more substantive, information about local chapters will be found elsewhere in this collection). The State Newsletter folder includes meeting announcements, lists of officers, a report on "pro-choice" activities, a report on Michigan NOW's police, feminist song-lyrics, a 1977-1978 list of accomplishments, and miscellaneous material. Many of the documents in the Coalition series are flyers and mass-mailings, but the subseries also includes meeting agendas and not a little correspondence.

Box   5  
Local Chapter Information
Box   5  
State Newsletter: Misc. Correspondence, Suggestions for Articles
 
Coalitions
Box   5  
Bakke Decision, Michigan Coalition to Overturn the
Box   5  
Coalition for Non-Sexist Education
Box   5  
Coalition of Labor Union Women: Oakland Press Boycott, J.P. Stevens Textile Products 1978
Box   5  
Coalitions, Miscellaneous
Box   5  
ERAmerica, Michigan
Box   5  
Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Box   5  
Michigan Human Rights Coalition
Box   5  
Women Organized to Meet Existing Needs (WOMEN)
 
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
 
ERA Task Force Chair (Judy Skog 1978-1979, Karen Rice 1977-1978) [subseries]

Included in the ERA Task Force Chair files are notes from a few ERAmerica meetings during 1979 and the group of "Alerts" from 1977 (in the Announcements, etc. folder).

Box   6  
Correspondence January, 1978-May, 1979
Box   6  
ERAmerica Meeting Notes 1979
Box   6  
Announcements, Mailings, Local Activists 1977-1979
Box   6  
Miscellaneous
 
Shirley Monson (President) files 1976-1977 [subseries]

The Shirley Monson series includes scattered correspondence, minutes, and subject files.

Box   6  
Correspondence (scattered)
 
SCC Minutes and Budgetary Information (scattered) September, 1977
Box   6  
ERA
Box   6  
EOC and Affirmation Action
Box   6  
Miscellaneous
 
Michigan Now Local Chapter Files 1969-1979 [subseries]

The Michigan NOW Local Chapter Files (1969-1979) apparently have had an odd past. The documents dated 1969-1977 indicate that for these years the files were those of the Midwest Regional office of NOW. From late 1977 through 1979, the files seem to have been used by the Michigan NOW state president (Nan Frost-Welmers). Why the files were transferred is unclear, though it may have been part of the general reorganization when the Great Lakes Regional office was created or it may reflect a shift of the bureaucratic responsibility for convening local chapters. In any case, the files are a strange amalgam, especially since not every chapter folder contains documents from both periods. The quantity of material relating to the several chapters varies tremendously between them as well.

However, the files are a gold mine, containing rich (if scattered) veins of fascinating records. Even the bureaucratic forms are interesting, in that they (along with some of the correspondence) provide an account of the lengthy and somewhat convoluted procedures for chartering a chapter, reporting elections, and the like, as well as of the efforts expended to generate interest in forming chapters. Other material includes announcements of chapter activities, chapter meeting agendas and minutes, questionnaires and surveys, chapter histories and bylaws, and more. Correspondence illustrating the Regional office's role in the NOW hierarchy is also present, as are communications between Frost-Welmers and local chapter leaders.

Box   6  
Adrian
Box   6  
Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County
Box   6  
Battle Creek
Box   6  
Bay City
Box   6  
Berrien County
Box   6  
Branch County
Box   6  
Big Rapids
Box   6  
Coldwater
Box   6  
Copper County
Box   6  
Detroit
Box   6  
Downriver
Box   6  
Flint
Box   6  
Grand Rapids
Box   6  
Holland
Box   6  
Jackson
Box   6  
Kalamazoo
Box   6  
Lansing
Box   6  
Lenawee county
Box   6  
Livingston County
Box   6  
Macomb county
Box   6  
Marquette
Box   6  
Michigan Chapter
Box   6  
Midland
Box   6  
Midwestern Wayne County
Box   6  
Mt. Pleasant
Box   6  
Muskegon
Box   6  
Northwest Wayne County (Schoolcraft)
Box   6  
Oakland County
Box   6  
Port Huron
Box   6  
Saginaw
Box   6  
Sault Ste. Marie
Box   6  
Traverse City
Box   6  
Miscellaneous
 
Doris Little, Macomb County NOW 1975-1982 [subseries]

Doris Little capped her long involvement with Macomb County NOW by serving as president of the chapter for the 1981-1982 terms. A retired professional whose other commitments included MENSA and Toastmasters, Little was known throughout Michigan NOW for her feminist activities, and helped to represent the Michigan Conference at the United Nations Women's Conference in Copenhagen (1980). The records in this subgroup mainly reflect the period during Little's presidency of the Macomb chapter. The division into Personal and Macomb County NOW series is somewhat artificial, as her personal life was quite intertwined with her identity as a NOW activist. Little died of cancer in December 1982.

 
Personal

The Correspondence, Scrapbook, Speeches, and Engagement Books folders are the most substantive, and together comprise a portrait of a terrifically energetic, dedicated, and articulate woman. Her engagement books and calendars bear witness to the extraordinary range and number of her commitments. The Speeches folder includes a transcript of Little's testimony before a congressional budget impact hearing and a tape of an interview of her on a local radio program. The scrapbook includes clippings, correspondence, conference and meeting programs, flyers, and awards; it is something of a capsule history of the first half of her tenure as chapter president.

Box   7  
Biographical
Box   7  
Correspondence
Box   7  
Scrapbook (includes correspondence) 1981 (3 folders)
Box   7  
Speeches, Interviews, etc. 1975-1982
Box   7  
Engagement Books, Calendars, etc.
Box   7  
Meetings Attended 1982
Box   7  
Awards
Box   7  
Toastmasters
 
Clippings
Box   7  
Women
Box   7  
Miscellaneous
Box   7  
Miscellaneous
 
Macomb County NOW 1981-1982

Macomb County NOW subseries. The folder of board meeting minutes and the notebook, along with the scrapbook folders from the Personal series, solidly document the priorities, actions, and problems during one year of a local chapter's existence. The ad hoc committee material presents a more detailed look into one such priority and problem. With the corresponding newsletters (found elsewhere in this collection), Macomb County NOW becomes the best documented chapter in this collection.

Box   7  
Minutes of Board Meetings and Treasurer's Reports May 1981-April 1982
Box   7  
Notebook
Box   7  
Ad Hoc Committee re Producing Cable TV Show February 4, 1982
Box   7  
State Convention Material June 1982
Box   7  
Women's Assembly III Notebook
Box   7  
Parliamentary Procedure Workshop undated
Box   7  
Tapes of Guest Speakers November, 1981, July 1982
Box   7  
Detroit News Sex Discrimination Controversy circa 1979-1980
 
ERA
Box   7  
From "Countdown" Folder
Box   7  
Walkathon, Financial Accounts 1980
Box   7  
Walkathon, Pledge Collection 1982
Box   7  
Public Relations Notebook
 
Ephemera
Box   7  
Macomb County Organizations
Box   7  
Miscellaneous Women's Organizations and Events
Box   7  
Local Politicians
Box   7  
Miscellaneous Feminist
Box   7  
Miscellaneous
Box   7  
Photographs

These photographs, removed from Little's scrapbook, contain informal pictures of three major feminist events, and informal portraits of Little and Carol King (at the time, King was the Michigan Conference's representative on the National NOW board of directors; she had already served as president of Michigan NOW and president of Macomb County NOW). Included are photographs of United Nations Women's Conference, Copenhagen 1980 ERA Rally, Detroit, 1981 National NOW Conference, 1981

 
Virginia Harris, Oakland County NOW 1973-1980 [subseries]

Virginia Harris served in various posts in the Oakland County chapter, including treasurer (1973-1975) and board member (1975-1976, 1977-1979). The material is largely scattered, with the most significant component being that of the Board of Directors Meeting Minutes.

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Officers, Planning Calendars, Bylaws 1973-1976
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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes October, 1973-July, 1977 January, 1978-April, 1980 1973-1980
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Treasurer's Reports and Budgets April, 1976-December, 1978
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Metro Detroit Leadership Training conference September, 1975
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Dr. Don R. Krohn Sexual Assault controversy circa July, 1977
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Original Chapter Mailing List 1973
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National NOW Conference, Detroit 1977
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Miscellaneous
 
NOW Newsletters 1971-1984 (scattered) [subseries]

Detailed information about the month to month operations of Michigan NOW is available in the chapter newsletters, which announce Conference policy and statewide actions to the membership as well as communicate issues and events of local concern. Moreover, the local chapter newsletters in this collection cover a longer chronological period than do the newsletters of the state organization (although coverage varies from chapter to chapter). All in all, the local chapter newsletters might be the best place to start a study of Michigan NOW, since they provide easily accessible coverage of the accomplishments, personality, personnel, and evolution of the Conference.

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Battle Creek 1972-1984
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Big Rapids 1977
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Copper County 1974-1975
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Detroit and Detroit Metro 1971-1984 (2 folders)
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Downriver 1977-1984
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Eastern U.P. 1975
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Flint 1973-1975, 1984
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Grand Rapids 1975-1981
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Hol 1975-1978
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Jackson 1977-1979, 1982-1983
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Kalamazoo 1973-1979
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Lansing 1973-1982
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Livingston count 1979-1982
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Macomb County 1972-1983
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Mid 1973-1984
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Mt. Pleasant 1977-1979
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Muskegon-Ottawa 1974-1979
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North Oakland County 1982-1983
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Northwest Wayne County 1973-1977
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Oakland County 1976-1984
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Traverse City 1979-1983
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Miscellaneous, including Three Rivers; Women's Liberation Coalition; Lenawee County; Pontiac, U of M Dearborn 1972-1984