Language of Materials
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 photograph folder)
Folder headings are those of Fox, with the archivist's notes in square brackets. All printed material by or about Fox, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Fox, were transferred to the NOW records in the Schlesinger Library. Non-NOW printed material produced by mainstream organizations and publications was discarded; leaflets and other ephemera of small, transient organizations were retained.
Fox has been an active spokeswoman for women's rights for almost forty years. One of the founding members of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she served in several positions: vice president (1967-1970), chair of the board (1971-1973), and chair of the national advisory committee (1973-1974). She also has been active in the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDEF); she was appointed to the board of directors in 1974, and served as vice president (1977-1978), president (1978-1981), chair of the board (1981-1992), and honorary chair of the board (1993-present). Fox has also been an active member of the Woman's Forum (president 1977), the Women's Economic Advisory Committee in New York City, the National Women's Political Caucus, and Women Today.
Fox has received several awards for her professional and political work. She was named one of the 100 top corporate women by Business Week magazine (1976), was the recipient of the Matrix award in communications (1977), and was named Business Leader of the Year by Americans for Democratic Action. She received the distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College, as well as the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Award from NY State NOW in 1985. NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund has honored her with the first Muriel Fox Communications Leadership Award (1991) and the Our Hero award (1995). Rockland County NOW gave her the Caroline Lexow Babcock award (1997). She is currently (2007) board chair of Veteran Feminists of America and is president of the Rockland Center for the Arts, the largest cultural institution in Rockland County New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Muriel Fox in January 1972.
By: Johanna Carll
- Fox, Muriel, 1928- . Papers of NOW officer Muriel Fox, 1966-1971: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- EAD ID
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