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SERIES Identifier: MC 496: M-152


Scope and Contents

Series XVIII, PAPERS OF LEADERS: MARY ANNE SEDEY, 1973-1976 (#38.12-38.42). Mary Ane Sedey received her B.A. in social science from Webster College (1970), and her J.D. from St. Louis University. She was the first president of St. Louis NOW, Missouri State Coordinator (1972-1974), and Midwest Regional Director of NOW (1973-1976).

The papers of Mary Ane Sedey were given to the Schlesinger Library in April 1978 by Sedey. They contain correspondence, memos, agendas, notes, and printed material relating to Sedey' Board activities, especially the controversy concerning Jane Plitt and the ensuing split in the national Board. Papers are arranged with correspondence first followed by other papers in alphabetical order. Folders relating to the split are arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1959-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1966-1998

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. The majority of the collection is unrestricted.

Access to folders #103.3-103.4 requires the written permission of NOW until January 1, 2017. Access to folders #67.13 and 87.58 requires the written permission of NOW until January 1, 2018. Access to folders #67.8-67.9 requires the written permission of NOW until January 1, 2019. Access to folder #108.36 requires written permission of NOW until January 1, 2020.

Grievance files and financial records are closed for 50 years. Certain confidential records are closed to all research use for specified periods; included are individual documents access to which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Time limits for closure of NOW Foundation records (Series XXII, #88.1-88.11) will be determined by mutual agreement between NOW and the Schlesinger Library at a future date; the finding aid notes that such records are closed pending negotiations.

As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women is required only for documents 20 years old or less.


206.27 linear feet ((185 cartons, 23 file boxes, 8 half file boxes, 14 file card boxes, 3 folio+ boxes) plus 10 folio folders, 5 folio+ folders, 3 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder, 136 photograph folders, 2 folio photograph folders, slides, 9 reels microfilm (M-152), and electronic records)


Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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