Women in Politics: women's rights
In the 1960s the second wave of feminists focused more on economic and social issues. Among the collections of the Bentley Historical Library that document this aspect of women's history are the papers of Patricia Hill Burnett of Detroit, who convened Michigan's first chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1969. The Bentley also has the records of NOW's Michigan Conference and some NOW local chapters. Other collections contribute to the history of NOW in Michigan: the papers of Elizabeth Giese, Barbara Hays-Hamilton, Monica Smiley and Judy Skog.
Equal Rights Amendment March on
Washington, D.C., 1978. Jane E.
Myers photograph collection.
One of the issues that feminists fought for in the 1960s and 1970s is the Equal Rights Amendment. In the 1920s, women's rights activists had tried, but failed, to get through an equal rights amendment. The ERA was introduced in every session of Congress, in vain ?" until the House and Senate finally adopted it in 1972, at the initiative of Representative Martha Griffiths (who had become the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Michigan for the Democratic party in 1954). Michigan women played a prominent role in the national movement for an Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. ERAmerica, a national bi-partisan coalition to win support for the Equal Rights Amendment was founded in 1975 by Elly Peterson of Charlotte and Liz Carpenter, who became the first national co-chairs. The following year, a Michigan ERAmerica was founded in Michigan by Helen W. Milliken of Traverse City, with Elly Peterson and Martha Griffiths as Honorary co-Chairs. The papers of Virginia Allan, Laura Carter Callow and Lorraine Beebe also provide information about ERAmerica and the Equal Rights Amendment debate. Anti-ERA advocates are represented by the papers of Elaine Donnelly.
Another important issue for feminist supporters and opponents is that of reproductive rights. This issue is well-represented in the collections of the Bentley Historical Library, especially the debate on abortion reform in the Michigan 1972 election, through the papers of Lorraine Beebe, Patrice Elms, Elizabeth Lemmer, Joan Mulligan and Katharine Tennyson, as well as the records of the Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee. Anti-abortion rights advocates are represented in the papers of Paul Blanshard, Elaine Donnelly, as well as the records of Lifespan, Inc. and Right to Life of Michigan.
Note: For additional sources on reproductive rights, see the Suggested Research Topics page on this topic.
Allan, Virginia R.
- Virginia R. Allan papers, 1932-1995.
- 3 sound tape reels ; 3-7 in. 2 sound cassettes.
- 8.5 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Virginia Allan being sworn in as Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Public Affairs, March 3, 1972.
Virginia Allan Papers, Box 9, Folder "Photographs:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State".
Wyandotte, Michigan, businesswoman, chairwoman of the President's Task Force on Women's Rights and Responsibilities during the Nixon Administration, later deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs.
Papers and photographs relating to her interest in women's rights, the equal rights amendment, Republican Party politics, the activities of International Women's Year, 1975, and the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. Recording of State Department swearing-in ceremony, 1972; speech, 1974, of Martha Griffiths before the Chicago convention of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs on the Equal Rights Amendment; tape on Commission on the Status of Women; and interview with Aris Reunes, 1971.
- Barbara Bach papers, 1960-2008, bulk 1975-2007.
- 9.3 linear feet.
Ann Arbor, Mich., businesswoman, networking facilitator, fundraiser, and lifelong educator/mentor to individuals and organizations. Some defining highlights of Bach's career include her work with the Ann Arbor Public Schools Title IX Monitoring Committee, Washtenaw County SAFE House, Michigan Community College Association, Inventors' Council of Michigan, Michigan Technology Council, and her Democratic Party campaign work on behalf of Albert H. Wheeler, Ann Arbor's first African American mayor.
Business records, association newsletters, campaign literature, photographs, and correspondence representing Bach's multiple careers as an entrepreneur, legislative aide, community activist, and policy-promoting executive.
Barney, Jane Lockwood.
- Jane Lockwood Barney papers, 1937-2009, bulk 1980-2005.
- 12 linear feet (in 12 boxes) and 1 outsize folder.
Ann Arbor, Mich., social worker and political activist who worked to established, to build, and to run a number of organizations aimed to improve the lives of the people of the Ann Arbor area.
Meeting minutes, professional and personal correspondence, reports, administrative notes, awards and recognitions, photographs, and family materials. Also audio-cassettes and projection slides from her presentations and an award event. The collection includes primarily material dated after Jane Barney husband Roger Warren Barney's death in 1978.
Beebe, Lorraine B.
Lorraine Beebe, Lorraine B.
Beebe Papers, Box 3, Folder
- Lorraine B. Beebe papers, ca. 1920-1981.
- 2.2 linear ft. and 1 v. [outsize].
Republican state senator, state coordinator of the Anderson for President campaign in 1980.
Papers and photographs relating to her public career and to her interest in women's issues, especially abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment; also relating to her involvement with the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, her political activities and in the state senate; and scrapbook, 1966-1970, detailing political career.
- Jan BenDor papers, 1974-2005, bulk 1988-1992.
- 6 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, and phonograph record.
Social worker and activist from Ypsilanti, Michigan, primarily involved in the area of women's rights.
Administrative files related to BenDor's service on the Safe House Board of Trustees; news clippings and publication about sexual assault treatment from the Women's Crisis Center of Ann Arbor; administrative files, news clippings and ephemera related to BenDor's involvement in the Eastern Michigan University Technical Office Professional Union in the 1980s and 1990s; also collected research materials about Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza.
- Paul Blanshard papers, 1912-1974..
- 30.3 linear ft.
Author and social and religious commentator.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks and drafts of articles and books, and other papers, including material concerning his student years at the University of Michigan, as Congregational minister, educational director of the Amalgamated Textile Workers of America, assistant editor of The Nation, chief of the New York City Department of Investigations and Accounts under Fiorello La Guardia in the 1930s, economic analyst for the Caribbean Committee of the U.S. State Department during World War II, and free lance writer noted for his observations on the Catholic Church in America and abroad. Some articles and speeches on abortion, especially the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.
Patricia H. Burnett at the First
International Feminist Conference
in Paris. Patricia H. Burnett
Papers, Box 6.
- Patricia H. Burnett papers, 1967-1987.
- 6 linear ft.
Detroit portrait painter and feminist activist.
Correspondence, printed material, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, speeches, articles and other papers documenting her career as an artist, and with the Michigan Women's Commission, the National Association of Commissions for Women, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and other civic, Republican, and feminist organizations. Photos include portraits; snapshots from International Women's Year conferences held in Mexico in 1975 and in Houston, Texas in 1977; and photograph of Burnett with Gerald R. Ford.
Callow, Laura Carter
- Laura Carter Callow papers, 1975-1998 (bulk 1976-1980)
- .75 linear ft.
Laura Carter Callow was an activist during the 1970s and 1980s who worked for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment on both state (Michigan) and national levels. She was an active officer in several women's rights organizations, including the Livonia chapter of the League of Women Voters, the coalition W.O.M.E.N. (Women Organized to Meet Existing Needs) and Michigan ERAmerica.
Included are biographical materials and personal correspondence, as well as correspondence, mailings, minutes and reports from ERAmerica, and correspondence, directories and minutes from W.O.M.E.N.
- Jessica Curtin collection, 1997-2007
- 1 linear foot.
University of Michigan student, member of Michigan Student Assembly, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action by Any Means Necessary, and the Defend Affirmative Action Party.
Collection documents debates surrounding affirmative action and includes press clippings; BAMN and DAAP organizational materials and flyers; photographs; and ephemera.
Katherine Moore Cushman, n.d.
Katherine M. Cushman Papers,
box 4, Folder "Photographs".
Cushman, Katherine M.
- Katherine M. Cushman papers, 1950-1970.
- 4 linear ft.
Local and state League of Women Voters official, Dearborn, Michigan, civic activist.
Papers relating to her organizational involvements, especially Church Women United, 1962-1969; the Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity, 1963-1969; the Governor's Special Conservation Study Committee, 1963-1964; the state office and Dearborn chapter of the League of Women Voters, 1950-1970; the Michigan Constitutional Convention, 1961-1963; the Michigan Council of Churches, 1963-1969; the Northwestern Child Guidance Clinic, 1962-1966; also files relating to her opposition to parochiaid, or public funding of private schools; and photographic portrait.
- Linda DeLeon papers, 1981-2013.
- 1 linear foot.
President of the Christians for Decency Anti-Pornography Information Center in Wayne County, Michigan.
Anti-pornography and anti-abortion campaigns correspondence, publications, mailing, petitions, and other material produced by the Christians for Decency, American Family Association of Michigan, American Decency Association of Michigan, National Federation for Decency Greater Detroit Chapter, Focus on the Family, and other Michigan and national organizations. Majority of the Christians for Decency material relates to Inkster, Mich. anti-pornography and anti-abortion campaigns.
- Elaine Donnelly papers, 1973-2003 (bulk 1985-2001).
- 1 linear ft.
Anti-ERA activist from Livonia, Michigan; member of the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces; president of the Center for Military Readiness.
Anti-ERA materials authored and collected by Donnelly as National Media Chair of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and founder of the Michigan Stop-ERA Committee, 1974-1983; also materials on the International Women's Year Conferences, 1977-1978; transcript, 1983, of testimony before a Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary; publications of Donnelly Media Associates of Livonia, Michigan, 1984; files relating to her interest in issues arising from the participation of women serving in the military. Photographs, mainly from the International Women's Year Conference in Houston, Texas (1977); include platform and auditorium photos.
Elms, Patrice I.
- Patrice I. Elms papers, 1972-1997 (bulk 1987-1992)
- 1.5 linear ft.
Activist in behalf of women's rights issues in Michigan, officer in the American Association of University Women, treasurer of the People's Campaign for Choice (reproductive rights) ballot issue.
Files relate to AAUW activities; documentation of People's Campaign for Choice ballot proposal, 1987-1988; files relating to women's rights issues, notably abortion rights; and visual materials.
- Bret Eynon papers, 1966-1977.
- 1 linear ft.
Papers, collected by Bret Eynon, student at the University of Michigan, relating to his interest in the radical causes and issues of the 1960s and 1970s.
Topical files relating to the Black Action Movement (BAM) strike at the University of Michigan, John Sinclair, draft resistance, protests about the war in Vietnam, the Welfare Rights Organization, and feminism and the women's movement.
- Marcia Federbush papers, 1967-2005, bulk 1970-1990.
- 4.4 linear feet.
Author of the first study of sex discrimination in a public school and of the first Title IX complaint against a university (the University of Michigan). In 1988 Federbush was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame for her efforts toward gender equality in education, athletics, and the workplace.
Material in the collection relates to Federbush's work in the areas of equality in education, employment, and athletics, and includes correspondence, reports, essays, drafts of books, and collected material concerning equality among the sexes.
Giese, Elizabeth H.
- Elizabeth H. Giese papers, 1971-1992 and 1997 (bulk 1979-1984).
- 3.5 linear ft.
Giese served as director of the Michigan Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER), a division of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, from 1978 to 1984. Michigan PEER organized a network of local committees devoted to investigating and enforcing Title IX regulations and reducing sex bias in primary and secondary education. Giese and Michigan PEER also monitored educational equity at the state level. In 1987, Giese became director of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. In 1989, she was appointed chair of NOW's Education Task Force.
Collection consists of press clippings, reports and proposals to grant funding agencies, material used in the training and education of local PEER committees, progress reports from local PEER committees, and a four-year run of the newsletter, Michigan PEER Perspective. The collection also contains files on Michigan women in high school athletics, vocational education courses, math classes, and science classes. Other files relate to legal cases on sex discrimination, the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, and all-male academies in Detroit.
Griffiths, Martha Wright
Martha Griffiths, July 1, 1961.
Martha W. Griffiths Papers, Box
60, Folder "Portraits."
- Martha W. Griffiths papers, 1956-1976.
- 60 linear ft. and 8 oversize volumes. Visual materials 1 linear ft.
Detroit, Michigan, attorney, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1955-1974, and member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Congressional papers, arranged by term, include legislative files, bills files, topical files, schedules, sound recordings, photographs, motion pictures, and scrapbooks. The collection details relationship with colleagues and constituents and pertains to committee activities, legislation sponsored, and issues of the day. Topics of interest include civil rights, the war in Vietnam, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the humane slaughtering of animals, the economy and the fiscal policy of the federal government, women's rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, economic problems of women, and the need for national health insurance legislation.
- Barbara Hays-Hamilton papers, 1975-1986.
- 2 linear ft.
Feminist, officer within the Michigan Conference of the National Organization for Women.
Series include Campaigns and Elections, Legislative Activities, Michigan Women's Assembly, National Organization for Women, and Topical Files. The files concern feminist activities and causes.
Sign at the International Women's
Year meeting, 1977. Shirley Monson
Papers, Folder "Photographs".
International Women's Year Conference
- International Women's Year Conference Collection, 1977-1978.
- 6 items.
Papers of Michigan delegates and interested observers to the International Women's Year Conference in Houston, Texas, November 19-21, 1977.
Observations and impressions of Patt Barbour, Ann Demetriou, Florence Edelbrock, Joan Silver, Sister Mary Aquinas Weber, and Bernice Zilly on the work of the conference, especially its stance on the Equal Rights Amendment.
- Lee Kefauver papers, 1970-1985 (bulk 1972-1977)
- 1 linear ft.
Feminist active in various civic and political causes and organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Michigan Republican Party, and the Women's Equity Action League.
Files relating to her work with different organizations and to her interest in political and women's rights issues.
- Jean King papers, 1964-2004.
- 24 linear feet.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, attorney, and women's rights activist.
Correspondence, clippings, drafts of writings, and other papers relating to her support of feminist causes; also papers relating to sex discrimination investigation at the University of Michigan.
- Michelle Kinnucan collection, 2003-2009.
- 0.3 linear feet.
Ann Arbor, Michigan peace and civil rights activist.
Reports, e-mail print-outs and other materials relating to police surveillance and the Ann Arbor Bill of Rights Defense Committee, 2003-2004; miscellaneous correspondence and clippings relating to the case of Catherine Wilkerson, accused of interfering with police while protesting a speaker at the University of Michigan, 2007-2009; and files relating to her work with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 2006-2007.
League of Women Voters of Allen Park
- League of Women Voters of Allen Park records, 1955-1986.
- 3 linear ft.
The League of Women Voters of Allen Park was established as a provisional league in 1955, formally recognized in 1956, and operated until 1986 when it merged with the Downriver League of Women Voters.
Annual meeting and board meeting minutes and reports, 1955-1986; member newsletters, 1955-1986; topical files comprising committee minutes, reports, position statements, correspondence, pamphlets, and other publications. Subjects covered by files include municipal, county, state, and national elections, and social, political, and environmental issues.
League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties
- League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties records, 1957-2007.
- 1.5 linear feet and 6 oversize volumes.
Southwestern Michigan chapter of grass roots, non-partisan political organization.
Newsletters, annual reports, clippings, correspondence, subject files, and scrapbooks.
League of Women Voters of Dearborn-Dearborn Heights
- League of Women Voters of Dearborn-Dearborn Heights records, 1953-1978.
- 4 linear ft.
Minutes of annual and board meetings, correspondence, study files, voters' guides and other subject files; contain materials concerning local political issues; also photographs.
League of Women Voters of Mount Clemens-Clinton Area
- League of Women Voters of Mount Clemens-Clinton Area records, 1932-1989.
- 3.5 linear ft.
The League of Women Voters of Mount Clemens was organized in November 1927. In 1972, the League became known as the League of Women Voters of Mount Clemens-Clinton Area. The League was disbanded in 1989.
The record group contains 3 series. The Administrative series contains annual, unit, and board meeting minutes, 1932-1988; annual reports and workbooks, 1939-1987; correspondence; and newsletters, 1936-1989 (scattered). The Topical series contains reports from surveys, materials from the Voter's Guides, and publications. The Visual Materials series contains four scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and color slides of an International Trade Fair in 1962.
- Lifespan, Inc. records, 1969-1974..
- .5 linear ft.
Formerly known as People Taking Action Against Abortion.
Promotional materials, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and other miscellanea relating to its activities.
- Elizabeth Lemmer papers, 1969-1978.
- 1 linear ft.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, right to life activist.
Scattered correspondence, materials from Michigan Citizens for Life (later named Right to Life of Michigan), and the Michigan Right to Life Committee, a political action group organized to counter attempts to legalize abortion in 1972; also newsletters, newspaper clippings, and audio-tapes.
Senator Gilbert Bursley, R., Ann
Arbor, and Helen Milliken with
petition for Abortion Law reform,
1972. Michigan Abortion Referendum
Committee, Box 3, Folder 73.
Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee
- Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee records, 1969-1972.
- 5 linear ft.
Organization formed to coordinate support for abortion reform in the Michigan 1972 election.
Position statements, petition materials, topical files, correspondence, and newspaper clippings relating to the effort to reform Michigan's abortion laws; also selection of campaign materials of anti-abortion Michigan Right-to-Life Committee; and visual materials.
Michigan Veteran Feminists Oral Histories Project
- Michigan Veteran Feminists Oral Histories Project interviews, 2003-2004.
- 1 linear ft.
Oral history project documenting the contributions of Michigan feminists.
Interviews (27 DVDs) with transcripts (paper copy and CD-ROM of transcripts) or interview summaries with women influential in the feminist movement in Michigan.
Restricted access in part.
Michigan Women's Assembly
- Michigan Women's Assembly records, 1982-1991.
- 1 linear ft.
Coalition of Michigan women's organizations established in support of a platform of equal status for women in society, especially in support of the Equal Rights amendment.
Administrative files include bylaws, correspondence, minutes and reports; also copies of their platform statement; records of their legislative committee; and files detailing work of Assembly's biennial business convention.
Milliken, Helen W.
- Helen W. Milliken papers, 1965-1982.
- 18.4 linear ft.
Civic leader, wife of Michigan governor William Milliken.
Topical files relating to Artrain, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the International Women's Year, Youth for Understanding, women's rights issues, notably the Equal Rights Amendment, and environmental protection issues; correspondence files; appearance files; and photographs.
- Shirley Monson papers, 1973-1979 (bulk 1974-1977)
- .2 linear ft.
From 1974 to 1977, Shirley Monson was the state coordinator for the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). In 1977 she was nominating chair of Focus: Michigan Women, which selected delegates to the International Women's Year (IWF) conference.
The papers of Shirley Monson concern her various activities with women's organizations. Monson's National Organization of Women (NOW) material includes correspondence from the approximately three year period when she was the state coordinator of NOW; the file on International Women's Year material consists primarily of correspondence pertaining to the conference. News clippings includes interviews with Shirley Monson; also Miscellaneous brochures and flyers from various Michigan-based feminist conferences and activities; and Photographs.
Mulligan, Joan Elizabeth
- Joan Elizabeth Mulligan papers, 1971-1973.
- 1 linear ft.
Registered nurse, and assistant professor of public health at the University of Michigan.
Correspondence, notes, conference and committee records, news clippings, and miscellaneous materials concerning abortion in Michigan; include material on abortion facilities, law reform, the Michigan Nurses Association, and anti-abortion groups.
Woman at the Equal Rights
Amendment March, Washington,
D.C., 1978. Jane E. Myers
Myers, Jane E.
- Jane E. Myers photograph collection.
- 1 envelope.
Resident of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Photos of the 1978 National E.R.A. March, Washington, D.C., promoting the Equal Rights Amendment.
National Organization for Women. Michigan Conference
- National Organization for Women, Michigan Conference records, 1969-1996.
- 19 linear ft.
Records of various officers of the Michigan Conference of the National Organization for Women collected by one-time state presidents Margot Duley-Morrow and Alicia Perez-Banuet.
Presidential files of Duley-Morrow, Nan Frost-Welmers, Shirley Monson, Lynn Hierholzer, Gloria Woods, and Alicia Perez-Banuet; files of state chapter developer Rhonda Drinan, and Macomb County chapter president Doris Little; contain correspondence, newsletters, clippings, mass mailings, agendas and minutes, photographs, and other materials concerning the formal and personal aspects of this feminist organization. Topics covered include the Equal Rights Amendment, the Project for Equal Education Rights, Women's Assembly III, and other issues pertaining to women's rights. Photographs from the scrapbook of Doris Little, president of the Macomb County, Michigan chapter, and photos collected by Margot Duley-Morrow; contain photos of women's rights, NOW and ERA rallies and conferences.
ERA Countdown Rally, Kennedy Square, Detroit, June 30, 1981. National
Organization of Women, Michigan Conference records, Box 7, Folder
"Doris Little, Macomb County NOW, 1980-1982, Photographs".
National Organization for Women, Oakland County Chapter
- National Organization for Women, Oakland County Chapter records, 1978-2002.
- 1 linear ft.
Administrative files include minutes, membership materials, and newsletters. Topical files concern various activities and relationship with Michigan NOW and other state NOW chapters.
National Organization for Women, Western Wayne County Chapter
- Western Wayne County Chapter of the National Organization for Women records, 1977-1995.
- .5 linear ft.
Formerly the Northwest Wayne County Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Minutes of meetings and agenda materials, 1984-1993; newsletters, 1980-1995; and files from yearly meetings of the Michigan Conference of the National Organization for Women.
- Lila Neuenfelt papers, 1946-1981 (scattered dates)
- .3 linear ft.
Wayne County (Mich.) Circuit Court judge.
Clippings about her career; legal documents regarding her fight to retain her maiden name; and photographs.
- Elly Peterson papers, 1943-1997.
- 24 linear ft., 4 v. [outsize], and 1 oversize folder.
Charlotte, Mich., resident, state chairperson of Republican Party, and assistant chairperson of Republican National Committee.
Elly Peterson. Elly Peterson
Papers, Box 21, Folder
The Elly McMillan Peterson papers consist of 7 series: Republican Party Activities, ERAmerican, Other Organizational Activities, Personal/Biographical, Speeches, Photographs, Scrapbooks/Clippings. The first series, and by far the largest set of files, has been labelled Republican Party Activities (17 linear ft.; 1958-1985). Grouped by period of time, this series really covers Peterson's entire career as she was a lifelong Republican. As she held many different positions within the party, the series naturally breaks down into chronological divisions: 1958-1964, 1965-1970, 1971-1979, and 1980-1985. Each of these chronological divisions begins with a set of files (arranged roughly by chronology) that include correspondence, memoranda, and other forms of communication. These files are then followed by sub-series of material either resulting from specific activities within the party or offices held either within the state or national Republican party. Thus files pertaining to Peterson's campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1964 will be found within the 1958-1964 division and files created while serving with the President Ford Committee in 1976 will be found in the 1971-1979 division. Other Republican party material will of course be found within genre series - Speeches, Photographs, and Scrapbooks/Clippings. The second series - ERAmerica - relates to Peterson's work within this organization to obtain passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The series (1.5 lin. ft.; 1971-1982) includes material that predates the establishment of ERAmerica but which relates to women's issues in general. The files have been arranged alphabetically by topic. Papers from Peterson's other group activities have been put into Other Organizaional Activities (1 lin. ft.; 1969-1983). These files document in part Peterson's many trips abroad with women's organizations, notably to China and the Middle East. Personal/Biographical (.3 lin. ft.; 1955-1981) includes information about awards received by Peterson and some of her private writings. Speeches (1 lin. ft.; 1953-1980) includes both manuscripts of her speeches and also published copies. Other speeches of Peterson will be found (as indicated) in the Republican Party Activities and ERAmerica series. The Photographs series (.3 lin. ft.; ca. 1950-ca. 1976) and the Scrapbooks/Clippings series (2 lin. ft.; 1943-ca. 1980) are self-explanatory.
Lana Pollack at the signing of the
anti-corporal punishment bill, 1989.
Lana Pollack Papers, Box 15, Folder
- Lana Pollack papers, 1979-1994.
- 15.5 linear ft.
Lana Pollack served as state senator for Michigan's Eighteenth District from 1982 to 1994. Born near Ludington, Michigan, on October 11, 1942, she grew up in Ludington and attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1965, and a Master of Arts in Education in 1970. It was not until the late 1960s that Pollack became active in politics as a volunteer worker for the Ann Arbor Democratic Party. After years of substitute teaching and working on other candidates' campaigns, she successfully ran for the Ann Arbor Board of Education in 1979. The quality of her work as a Board member led to a landslide victory when she ran for state Senate in 1982. Major issues which came to be associated with Pollack were family and women's rights concerns, anti-pollution legislation, support for the arts, and tax equity. She organized a bi-partisan statewide coalition to discourage teenage pregnancy called the Campaign to Promote Responsibility, as well as the Gun Violence Coalition, which was an education and pro-gun control effort. In 1988 Pollack ran for Congress against Republican incumbent Carl Purcell. She lost, but proved to be a strong campaigner and prodigious fundraiser. This gave her the confidence to run for a vacant United States Senate seat in 1994; she finished second to Congressman Bob Carr. Since she had given up her senate seat to run federally, Pollack moved on to a new career in 1995 when she helped found Michigan Monthly magazine.
The Lana Pollack papers have been divided into six series: Ann Arbor Board of Education, Michigan Senate, campaigns, photographs, videotapes, and audiotapes. The collection documents diverse aspects of Pollack's legislative and political activities.
Power, Sarah Goddard
- Sarah Goddard Power papers, 1935-1987.
- 10 linear ft.
Regent of the University of Michigan; public figure concerned with national and international women's rights issues.
Files relating to her public life, especially her interest in the University of Michigan, notably during the presidency of Harold T. Shapiro, the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and state and local Democratic Party matters.
- Allyn Ravitz papers, 1973-1997.
- 0.6 linear feet.
Feminist attorney from Detroit, Michigan.
Topical files relating to cases in which she was involved; organizational activities, especially the Feminist Federal Credit Union; and feminist issues and interests, including credit and housing discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.
Republican Party (Mich.). 14th Congressional District Republican Committee
- Republican Party (Mich.). 14th Congressional District Republican Committee records, 1948-1976.
- 6 linear ft.
Office files including district executive committee minutes, financial reports, newsletters, and correspondence relating in part to the factional dispute between district chairman, Richard Durant, and George Romney and the state Republican Party; chronological files largely concerning party conventions and political campaigns; and collected materials relating to political conservatism, notably to the John Birch Society and to anti-woman's rights organizations.
Right to Life of Michigan
- Right to Life of Michigan papers, 1972-1986.
- 2 linear ft.
Pro-life citizens group.
Administrative materials, records of area committees within the organization, subject files, and affiliate organizations' materials consisting mainly of local right-to-life organizations; and correspondence and press statements.
Pro-Equal Rights Amendment March on Washington,
D.C., 1978. Judy Skog photograph collection.
- Judy Skog photograph collection.
- 1 envelope.
Member of Lansing, Mich., chapter of National Organization for Women.
Photos of Lansing NOW activities, most from 1978 pro-Equal Rights Amendment march on Washington.
- Monica Smiley papers, 1982-1984.
- 1 linear ft.
Officer with the Michigan Conference of the National Organization for Women.
Administrative and topical files relating to her NOW activities.
- Jeanne Tashian papers, 1970-1976.
- 1 linear ft.
Teacher, writer, member of feminist organizations.
Materials relating to her involvement with the University of Michigan Commission for Women, Ann Arbor Focus on Equal Opportunity for Women, PROBE into the Status of Women at The University of Michigan, and the Ad Hoc Committee Concerned That President Fleming Does Not Meet With Women.
- Katharine Tennyson papers, 1969-1973.
- 0.5 linear ft.
Detroit, Michigan, nurse, active in organizations dedicated to the reform of Michigan abortion laws.
Notes on meetings, flyers, minutes, financial miscellanea relating to her support and participation in the Michigan Organization for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, the Michigan Abortion Referendum Committee, and other abortion reform groups.
- Linda Varonich papers, 1970-2007.
- 2 linear feet.
Feminist; active in the Texas and Michigan conferences of the National Organization for Women.
Topical files relating to her activities with the National Organization for Women in Michigan; other files relate to issues and topics of concern to Michigan.
Developed by Dominique Daniel, a graduate student at the School of Information, June 2008.