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Series I. National NOW

Scope and Content Notes:

In response to the failure of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to implement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, NOW was established on June 30, 1966 in Washington, D.C., by women attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women. Since its formation, NOW has strived to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; to secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; to end all forms of violence against women; to eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and to promote equality and justice in our society. Evansgardner served as the Eastern Regional Director of NOW and organized the Eastern Regional Conference in Pittsburgh in 1973.

Note - Series I. contains organizational records of National NOW. If the researcher is looking for specific issues in which NOW was involved, they may be found in Series II., III., or VII.


Box 1
Folder 1 NOW Statement of Purpose, 1966
Folder 2 Chapter Bylaws, 1967
Folder 03-04 National Bylaws, 1970; 1972
Folder 5 Bylaw changes, 1973-1974
Folder 6 National Bylaws, 1985
Folder 7 Policy Manual Updates, 1988
Folder 8 State Coordinator Plans, 1974
Folder 9 State Structure Guidelines, 1974
Folder 10 Examples of State Organizing, 1973
Folder 11 NOW Chapter Kit, 1972
Folder 12 NOW Chapter Handbook, 1972
Folder 13 Guidelines for Chapter Development, 1974
Folder 14 Eastern Region Packet, 1972
Folder 15 Administrative Manual for Local Chapters, 1974
Folder 16 NOW Legislative Program, 1969
Folder 17-18 NOW Legal Defense Fund, 1971-1974; 1976
Folder 19 Public Relations Kit, 1974
Folder 20 Letter Ideas about Running NOW, 1972
Folder 21 Conference Planning, 1973
Folder 22 Phone Bank Manual, 1981
Folder 23 Newsletter Planning and Funding, 1974
Folder 24-25 Insurance for NOW Members, 1974; 1982
Folder 26 Treasurer’s Guide, 1972
Folder 27 Financial Development Kit, 1972
Folder 28 How to Keep a Chapter Budget, 1972
Folder 29 NOW Reimbursement of Members, 1973
Folder 30 Archives Donation, 1971
Folder 31 National Application, 1968
Folder 32 Questionnaire, undated
Folder 33 Membership Processing, 1978
Folder 34 Telephone Network, 1969
Folder 35-39 NOW Membership Forms and Lists of Members, 1970-1973

Box 2
Folder 01-03 NOW Membership Forms and Lists of Members, 1973-1974
Folder 4 Questman Mailing List, 1973
Folder 5 Eastern Regional NOW Mailing List, undated
Folder 6 NOW Chronology, 1971
Folder 7 NOW and U.S. Department of Labor, 1969-1972
Folder 8 Legal Reports, 1970-1975
Folder 9 Resolutions and Policy Decisions, 1972
Folder 10 Position Papers, 1972
Folder 11 Quarterly Status Reports, 1973
Folder 12 NOW Improvements, 1973
Folder 13 Legal Defense and Education Fund Annual Report, 1974
Folder 14 NOW Accomplishments, 1974
Folder 15 Resolutions, 1975, 1977
Folder 16 U.S. Department of Treasury Harassment Report, 1976
Folder 17 Position Papers, 1983
Folder 18 Implementation Committee Report, 1986
Folder 19 Reports on Twenty Years of Feminism, 1987
Folder 20 Minority Women Report, 1973
Folder 21 Wilma Scott Heide, 1971-1973

Section: NOW Correspondence

Folder 27 Chair-One and President, 1972-1974
Folder 28 Chapter Presidents, 1973
Folder 29-30 National Memos, 1973

Section: National and Pittsburgh, NOW, 1973-1974

Folder 32-35 Evansgardner as Eastern Regional Director, 1973-1975

Box 3
Folder 1 Eastern State Coordinators, 1973-1975
Folder 2 Eastern State Coordinators, 1973-1975
Folder 3 Miscellaneous National NOW, 1974
Folder 4 Forms and Press Releases, 1974
Folder 5 Minority committee’s Press Release, undated
Folder 6 Memos, 1974
Folder 7 Public Information Office, 1973
Folder 08-10 Minutes from Chapter Meetings, 1969-1970
Folder 11 Legislative Office, 1972
Folder 12-13 Education Taskforce, 1972-1973
Folder 14 Task Force on Minority and Women’s Rights, 1976
Folder 15 Guidelines and Policies for various NOW taskforces, 1971-1972
Folder 16 Employment Taskforce, undated
Folder 17 Compliance Taskforce, 1972
Folder 18 Labor Taskforce, 1973-1974
Folder 19 Taskforce Summaries, 1973
Folder 20 Taskforce Mailings, 1974-1975
Folder 21-23 National NOW Convention, 1970; 1973

Box 4
Folder 01-02 National NOW Convention, Houston, TX, 1974
Folder 3 NOW Board of Directors Orientation Convention, Chicago, IL, 1974
Folder 04-05 National NOW Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 1975
Folder 06-07 NOW Constitutional Convention, 1975-1976
Folder 08-21 National Convention, 1977-1985

Box 5
Folder 1 National Convention, 1986-1987; 1972
Folder 02-04 NOW Eastern Regional Conference, 1972-1973
Folder 05-06 Planning the Conference, undated
Folder 7 Information and Tasks, undated
Folder 8 Press Kit, undated
Folder 9 Press Releases, undated
Folder 10 Attendee Packet, undated
Folder 11 Advertising Schedules and Slides, undated
Folder 12-13 Issues, undated
Folder 14 Resolutions, undated
Folder 15 Reports, undated
Folder 16 Items Auctioned, undated
Folder 17 Eastern Regional Conference Meeting, 1974
Folder 18-19 Eastern Regional Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, 1974
Folder 20 Western Regional Conventions, 1970s
Folder 21 Southern Regional Conventions, Atlanta, GA, 1973
Folder 22-23 Midwestern Regional Convention, 1973-1974
Folder 24 Texas Democratic Convention and NOW, 1984
Folder 25 South Carolina Regional Convention, 1988
Folder 26-27 Executive Committee Memos and Minutes, 1972-1973
Folder 28-29 List of Board Members, 1984-1985; 1988
Folder 30 Board of Officers, 1972

Box 6
Folder 01-08 National Board Meetings Agendas, Minutes, and Memos, 1973-1974
Folder 9 State Coordinators Meeting, Providence, RI, 1973
Folder 10 Eastern Regional State Coordinators Meeting, New York, 1974
Folder 11-12 National Advisory Committee, 1974-1975
Folder 13 Nominating Committee, 1974
Folder 14 Finance Committee, 1970-1973
Folder 15-16 Employment Committee, 1972; 1970
Folder 17 Compliance Committee, 1971-1973
Folder 18 Committee on Minority Women, 1979-1980
Folder 19 Nurse’s Organization, 1972
Folder 20-21 Newsclippings, 1969-1979
Folder 22 NOW Causes, 1975-1977
Folder 23-24 Legal Defense and Education Fund Packets, 1986-1988
Folder 25 Recruiting Pamphlet, 1977
Folder 26 Volunteerism Pamphlet, 1973
Folder 27 Civil Rights Restoration Act, 1973
Folder 28 Taft-Hartley Act, 1980
Folder 29-31 Equal Rights Amendment Packets, 1980-1984

Section: Feminist Primer, 1985

Folder 33 Lesbian Rights Kit, 1981-1982
Folder 34 Campus Campaign Packet, 1987
Folder 35 NOW Year in Review and NOW Launches 3rd Decade, 1985-1987
Folder 36 Women’s Media Campaign Handbook, 1985
Folder 37 Voting Procedures for National NOW, 1970
Folder 38 Elections Committee, 1971
Folder 39 Midwest Questionnaires for Candidates, 1974
Folder 40 Majority Caucus for Electing Board Members, 1974-1975
Folder 41 Election Campaign, 1985
Folder 42 Florida Elections, 1988

Box 7
Folder 1 Strike Day, August 26, 1972
Folder 2 Volunteerism Workshop, 1975
Folder 3 Activist Information Day, 1976
Folder 4 Walk-a-thon, 1977
Folder 05-07 NOW-AID, 1978
Folder 8 Racism Workshop, 1979
Folder 9 University of Houston’s Day of Workshops, 1986
Folder 10 Treasurer’s Reports and Bank Statements, 1972
Folder 11-12 National Budget, 1973
Folder 13-14 Budget Reports, 1973-1974
Folder 15-17 Fund-Raising, 1972-1976