Guide to the National Organization for Women (NOW) Newsletters, 1968-2003 AIS.2015.10

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
National Organization for Women (NOW) Newsletters
Creator
National Organization for Women
Collection Number
AIS.2015.10
Date [inclusive]
1968-2003
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet (2 record center boxes)
English .
Abstract
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a grassroots activist women's organization that operates on national, state, regional, and local levels. This collection is comprised mainly of newsletters and flyers from various Pittsburgh Area NOW chapters, primarily from the 1970s. It also includes sporadic newsletter issues from Texas, California, Ohio, Washington D.C., Illinois, and other locations.

Preferred Citation

National Organization for Women (NOW) Newsletters, 1968-2003, AIS.2015.10, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Founded on June 30, 1966 by a group of women attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women in Washington, D.C., the National Organization for Women's (NOW) main premise was to eliminate discrimination based on sex in all institutions, including schools, the justice system, and the workplace. Within three years, the organization began to change the workforce as we now know it; the organization moved to "de-sexigrate" the Help Wanted sections of New York City newspapers, including the New York Times, in 1967. In 1968, Shirley Chisholm, a member of NOW, became the first Black woman elected to the House of Representatives. And by 1969, Sylvia Roberts, an attorney for NOW, successfully argued the first sex discrimination case appealed under Title VII, which changed the weight limitation rule for women in the workforce.

The organization quickly grew in the 1970s and broadened its ideology to include other women's issues, such as violence against women, reproductive rights, childcare, and representation of women in positions of power. It has also adopted an intersectional approach to equality and justice by working to eradicate racism, sexism, homophobia, and to protect immigrant rights. NOW has numerous chapters and supporters in all 50 states and uses marches, peaceful protests, and lawsuits to enact their stances on social change and reforms for women.

Pittsburgh was a hub of NOW activity, with many chapters established in individual neighborhoods. The first Pittsburgh NOW, founded in 1967 by Wilma Scott Heide, was the third chapter of NOW founded in the United States. JoAnn Evansgardner, who grew up in Hazelwood, and her husband Gerald Gardner were active members of NOW starting in 1968. Gardner served as Director and Treasurer of the First Pittsburgh Chapter, while Evansgardner worked on the National Board of NOW as an Eastern Regional Co-Director. Jean Witter, a lawyer raised in the South Hills, also influenced the NOW movement in Pittsburgh by becoming one of the first presidents of the Pittsburgh Chapter and dedicating her time to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Gerald Blum, who joined NOW because of his interest in the role of male feminists, was an active participant in the South Hills Chapter.

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Scope and Content Notes

The National Organization for Women (NOW) Newsletters Collection consists of pamphlets, flyers, and newsletters from national, state, regional, and local chapters. The collection's materials detail and provide the organization's mission statements, meeting minutes, electoral processes, legal proceedings, and mass actions regarding women's rights and the Equal Rights Act (ERA), predominately from the Western Pennsylvania area. At regional levels, the following areas of note are included: Southwestern Pennsylvania, Joint Pittsburgh Area, Greater Pittsburgh Area. At neighborhood levels, the following areas of note are included: South Hills, North Hills, Squirrel Hill, McKeesport, East End, Lawrenceville, Oakland. More newsletters, programs, and publications from Texas, California, Ohio, Washington D.C., Illinois, and other locations are also included in the collection.

The Archives of Industrial Society (AIS) had an existing group of Pittsburgh area NOW newsletters that had been collected by various sources, including from Dr. Carolyn Schumacher. In 2015, with growing interest in the newsletter, it was decided to remove the sporadic issues of Pittsburgh area NOW newsletters from JoAnn Evansgardner and Gerald H. F. Gardner Papers (AIS.2001.09), Jean Witter Papers (AIS.2008.06), and Gerald Blum Papers, (AIS.2005.14), to combine them with the existing AIS collection and process them as a single group.

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Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series:

Series I. Pittsburgh Regional Chapters

Series II. NOW Publications from outside Western Pennsylvania

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist
URL: http://library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Collection was consolidated from other archival collections containing NOW publications. The following collections had NOW publications removed and organized into AIS 2015.10:

Jean Witter Papers, 1953-2007, AIS.2008.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Gerald Blum Papers, 1971-2003, AIS.2005.14, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

JoAnn Evansgardner and Gerald H.F. Gardner Papers, 1965-1991, AIS.2001.09, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Brianna Facciani in March 2021.

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Related Materials

Related Collections

Gerald Blum Papers, 1971-2003, AIS.2005.14, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Susanna Downie Papers, 1972-1990, AIS.1991.23, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

JoAnn Evansgardner and Gerald H.F. Gardner Papers, 1965-1991, AIS.2001.09, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Carolyn S. Schumacher Papers, 1883-2008, AIS.2011.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Rosemary Trump Papers, 1950-2005, AIS.2005.04, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Jean Witter Papers, 1953-2007, AIS.2008.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Organization for Women
  • National Organization for Women. Pittsburgh Chapter

Subject(s)

  • Women's rights -- United States
  • Women -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Feminists -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Feminism -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Pittsburgh Regional Chapters, 1969-2003 

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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1971 11
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1976 12
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1977 13
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1978 14
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1979 15
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1980 16
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1989 17
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1990 18
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1991 19
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1992 110
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1993 111
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1994 112
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1995 113
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1996 114
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1997 115
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1998 116
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 1999 117
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 2000 118
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 2001 119
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 2002 120
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South Hills NOW Newsletter, 2003 121
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NOW: Newsletter Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapters, 1972 122
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NOW: Newsletter for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, Vol. 4 No. 7-12b, 1973 123
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NOW: Newsletter for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, Vol. 5 No. 1-8, 1973 124
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National Organization for Women, Inc., NOW-Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter, 1969 125
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National Organization for Women, Inc.-NOW-Greater Pittbsburgh Area Chapter, 1970 126
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National Organization for Women Inc, NOW-Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter, Vol. 3 No. 1-3, 1971 127
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NOW Newsletter: The Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter and the South Hills Chapter, Vol. 3 No. 4-8, 1971 128
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NOW Newsletter: The Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter and the South Hills and the North Hills Chapter, Vol. 3 No. 9-Vol. 4-No.1, 1972 129
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NOW Newsletter for the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter and the South Hills Chapter, Vol. 4 No. 2-6, 1972 130
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National Organization for Women, Inc. NOW-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Vo. 1 No. 1, 1975 131
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City NOW Newsletter-Pittsburgh, 1975 132
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First Pittsburgh Chapter News NOW, 1977-1979 133
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National Organization for Women, Greater PGH Area Chapter, Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, 1977 134
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, November, 1978-December, 1978 135
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 2 No. 1-6, 1979 136
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 2 No. 7-12, 1979 137
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 1-6, 1980 138
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 3 No. 7-12, 1980 139
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 1-6, 1981 140
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 7-12, 1981 141
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 5 No. 1-6, 1982 142
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 5 No. 7-12, 1982 143
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 1-6, 1983 144
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 7-12, 1983 145
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 1-6, 1984 146
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 7-12, 1984 147
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 1-6, 1985 148
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 7-12, 1985 149
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 1-6, 1986 21
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 7-12, 1986 22
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 10 No. 1-4, 1987 23
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 10 No. 6-11, 1987 24
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 11 No. 1-6, 1988 25
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 11 No. 7-12, 1988 26
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Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, Vol. 12 No. 1-2, 1989 27
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National Organization for Women, Greater PGH Area Chapter, Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, 1987 28
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National Organization for Women, Greater PGH Area Chapter, Joint Pittsburgh Area Newsletter, 1988 29
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National Organization for Women Squirrel Hill Chapter, 1976-1978, 1994-1995 210
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The McKeesport Feminist, Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 4 No. 1, 1974-1977 211
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Pittsburgh NOW Newsletters, 1974-1976 212
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Progress Notes: Pittsburgh Nurses NOW Newsletters, 1975-1978 213
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NOW Pittsburgh: ERA Walkathon, 1978 214
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Pittsburgh Campus NOW, 1979 215
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National Org. for Women, East End Newsletter, 1978-1979 216
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Lawrenceville NOW Newsletter, 1978 217
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NOW, Pennsylvania Newsletter, Vol 1. No. 1-5, 1973 218
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NOW, Pennsylvania Newsletter, 1976-1977 219
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Butler County NOW news (catch-up Issue), 1976 220
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Oakland NOW News, Vol. 1 No. 2, 1974 221
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Politics NOW letter, 1979 222
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Action Alert letter, 1979 223
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The First Pittsburgh City Chapter Newsletter: Tomorrow the World, 1975 224
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National Organization for Women misc. publications and programs from Pittsburgh, 1970-1979 225

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Series II. NOW publications from Outside Western Pennsylvania, 1968-1990 

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NOW Acts, National Organization for Women, 1968-1969 226
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NOW Acts, National Organization for Women Vol. 3 No. 1-4, 1970 227
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NOW Acts, National Organization for Women, 1971-1973 228
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Feminist Perspectives: A Monthly Newsletter of NOW at University of Houston, 1989-1990 229
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GW-Women's Studies Newsletter: Women's Studies Program at the George Washington University, 1978 230
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NEWS from the Women's Studies Program at the George Washington University, 1979 231
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WSPPC NEWS: The Womens Studies Program and Policy Center, George Washington University, 1980 232
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The NOW Times Newsletter, California's Voice of Feminism, 1979 233
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Electric Circle Newspaper: Susan B. Anthony Women's International Year Change the Condition of Women to Self-Help, 1975 234
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Do It NOW: Monthly Newsletter of the National Organization for Women, 1973 235
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Channel "C" Cleveland Chapter of the National Organization for Women, 1971 236
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ACT NOW Chicago, Illinois, Vol. 3 No. 12, 1971 237
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NOW: National Organization for Women San Diego County Chapter, Vol. 8 No. 5, 1977 238
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Ohio NOW: Ohio National Organization for Women, Inc., Vol. 1 No. 1, 1976 239
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National Organization for Women misc. publications and programs from various locations, 1970-1982 240

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