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SERIES Identifier: MC 496; M-152


Series XXV, ERA: ALICE COHAN FILES, 1976-1984 (#141.1-142.15), contains correspondence, reports, notes, vote counts, printed material, etc., found in the files of ERA field organizer, Alice Cohan. The files contain documents relating to subjects found elsewhere in the ERA series, including extension, action teams, economic boycott, and ratification. The Political Action Committee folders in this subseries relate to the ERA PAC, which lobbied for the election of political candidates who supported the ERA. Folders are arranged alphabetically.


  • 1959-2002
  • 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

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