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SUB-SERIES Identifier: MC 558: PhotoCD-4: CD-26: T-290: Vt-151

Subseries E. WEAL Action Committee for Federal Contract Compliance on Education (FCCE), 1967-1975 (#49.4-58.2)

Scope and Contents

Subseries E, WEAL Action Committee for Federal Contract Compliance on Education (FCCE), 1967-1975 (#49.4-58.2), includes correspondence, research files, complaints, etc., from Sandler's tenure as chair of the committee. She began to file administrative complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor in 1970, and continued to do so until she began working for PSEW in September 1971. In compiling information about hiring practices at colleges and universities, Sandler communicated with women and men around the country who sent her stories, complaints, and statistics on hiring and staff in various departments and campuses. Sandler used the complaints as a lobbying opportunity; she sent copies of some and letters about others to congresspeople, asking them to write to the Secretary of Labor, and also asked those who had sent her the discriminatory information to write letters to their congresspeople as well. The publicity sex discrimination in higher education recieved from this method culminated in Representative Edith Green's hearings on the topic in June 1970. Folders contain correspondence, clippings, complaints, and material used to compiled statistics; they also may include information on other individuals' formal complaints or lawsuits against an institution. Correspondents are generally faculty and staff of higher education institutions, congressional staff, or members of Congress. Some correspondence or memos found throughout the subseries were written in Sandler's official governmental capacity (either working for Edith Green or for the Women's Action Project), but were filed in these folders, presumably for reference. Correspondence dating from after September 1971 is still addressed to Sandler in her capacity as committee chair; it often includes updates about complaints or individual legal cases. Several files comprise Sandler's subject files and data to back up her complaints. Other files on this committee and complaints can also be found in the WEAL Records (MC 500). General correspondence (which also contains information about the complaints) and general files are arranged first; files on specific institutions follow alphabetically.


  • Creation: 1963-2008

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Most of the Bernice Resnick Sandler Papers are open for research with some restrictions: #2.1 is closed until 2040; #2.2 and 26.8 are closed until 2020; #2.3, 2.5, 2.7 are closed until 2030; #11.11, 26.8, 26.10, 26.13 and 26.14 are closed until 2050; #36.9 is closed until 2057.

In 2019, several folders that had been closed until Sandler's death (#8.1, 27.5, 27.7) were opened to research.

Some folders containing records of the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) are restricted under the terms of the WEAL/Schlesinger Library agreement for the WEAL Records (MC 311, MC 500) held by the Schlesinger Library.

In 2014, some folders in Series V, Subseries E, containing records of the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) relating to WEAL's Action Committee for Federal Contract Compliance on Education, which had previously been restricted under the terms of the WEAL/Schlesinger Library agreement for the WEAL Records, were opened. Folders or documents which relate to discrimination complaints brought by individuals still living continue to be closed until the individual's death.

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28.98 linear feet ((69 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 2 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folder, 2 supersize folders, 2 audiotapes, 16 videotapes, 1 CD, 5 photograph folders, 1 photograph CD, 29 objects, and electronic records)

Repository Details

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