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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1228

Papers of Bonnie Newman Howard, 1965-2005


Correspondence and campaign materials relating to Bonnie Newman Howard's role as treasurer of the National Organization for Women (NOW); notes and materials collected at the 3rd and 5th National Women's Conference Committee meetings; and mailings and financial information relating to Howard's involvement in the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association.


  • Creation: 1965-2005


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bonnie Newman Howard as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


15.97 linear feet ((35 file boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 supersize folder)

The papers of Bonnie Howard include correspondence, memos, financial documents, membership records, and other materials relating to Howard's work as treasurer of the National Organization for Women (NOW). NOW files include documentation of the NOW Majority Caucus's efforts to discredit Howard and other NOW board members as part of a campaign to elect officers more open to addressing radical issues. Also included are board materials, memos, and other materials relating to her work with NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund; notes, correspondence, materials collected at meetings, and other materials relating to the National Women's Conference Committee; and mailings and financial information relating to Howard's involvement in the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, particularly as co-president of the North Shore Radcliffe Club. Folders were created by the archivist and are arranged alphabetically.


Bonnie Newman Howard was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received an AB from Radcliffe College in 1956 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1965. She worked in financial positions at several institutions including the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, Radcliffe College, America Works, and Management Sciences for Health. She married Donald Franklin Howard (1933-2016); they had one daughter. In 1973, Howard was elected national treasurer of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and was reelected to the position in 1975. She was a member of the board of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1979 to 1995 and served terms as the board's treasurer and president (1989-1990). She was a founding member of the Cape Ann/North Shore Chapter of NOW and served several terms as the chapter's treasurer and president.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M88, 2023-M30, 2023-M31, 2023-M56

The papers of Bonnie Newman Howard were given to the Schlesinger Library by Bonnie Newman Howard in 2012 and 2023.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the records of the National Organization for Women, 1970-2011 (MC 496), the records of the National Organization for Women Cape Ann/North Shore Chapter, 1980-2013 (MC 1168), and the records of the National Women's Conference Committee, 1977-2000 (MC 1168).

Processing Information

Processed: August 2023

By: Johanna Carll with assistance from Janin Escobedo Garcia

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Howard, Bonnie Newman, 1935-. Papers of Bonnie Newman Howard, 1965-2005: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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