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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 484

Papers of NOW officer Anne Pride, 1975-1979


Papers of National Organization for Women board member and Do It NOW publications committee chair Anne Pride.


  • 1975-1979

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.1-3.13.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Anne Pride while an officer of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is held by NOW. 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.


1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)

This collection contains correspondence, printed material, budgets, mailing and subscription materials, and a photograph. The papers are arranged into three series and are arranged chronologically within the series.

Series I, Do It NOW (#1.1-2.9), contains correspondence dealing with subscriptions, advertisements, and criticisms of the newsletter. There are also budgets and mailing permit forms that contain circulation information, and a few advertisements that ran in the newsletter. Do It NOW became the National NOW Times in December 1979.

Series II, NOW Board of Directors (#2.10-3.13), contains correspondence relating to various issues facing the board, but the bulk is concerned with the controversy over the distribution of power in NOW. In addition to correspondence, there are printed materials from the Public Relations Committee and the Majority Caucus of NOW, a group of NOW members who in 1975 advocated a reorganization of NOW and a focusing of attention on issues such as lesbian rights, abortion, and rape.

Series III, Photograph (#3.14), contains one undated photograph of an anti-abortion protestor.

Folder headings are those of Pride unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Pride, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Pride, 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.


Anne Pride, National Organization for Women (NOW) activist and publisher, was born July 29, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was appointed president of the feminist publishing company KNOW, Inc. (1969), and was on the board of directors of the Committee of Small Magazines Editors and Publishers (1974-1976). She served as editor of Do It NOW, NOW's national newsletter, and later served as chair of the Do It NOW publications committee. From 1975-1978, she served on the NOW Board of Directors. Pride was also active in the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, and the National Women's Political Caucus. She died April 24, 1990.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Do It NOW (#1.1-2.9)
  2. Series II. NOW Board of Directors (#2.10-3.13)
  3. Series III. Photograph (#3.14)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 79-M279, 79-M294

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Anne Pride in December 1979.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2002

By: Johanna Carll

Pride, Anne, 1942-1990. Papers of NOW officer Anne Pride, 1975-1979: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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