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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 487

Papers of NOW officer Mordeca Jane Pollock, 1969-1976


Papers of National Organization for Women board member Mordeca Jane Pollock.


  • Creation: 1969-1976

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted except an appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.11-2.6.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Mordeca Jane Pollock 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.


.63 linear feet ((1+1/2 file boxes) plus 3 audiotapes)

This collection contains mostly correspondence. There are also notes by Pollock, financial records, an appointment calendar, and printed material. Papers are arranged into two series.

Series I, Personal Papers (#1.1-1.10), includes letters from Pauli Murray, who was Pollock's colleague at Brandeis University.

Series II, National Organization for Women (#1.11-2.6), concerns Pollock's NOW activities as a member of the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors. Materials include correspondence concerning the goals of NOW, particularly from 1975-1976, during the Majority Caucus/Womansurge split.

The last grouping contains one folder of papers of Eliza Paschall, secretary of NOW's Executive Committee, consisting of letters, mainly carbon and mimeograph copies, many from Betty Friedan.

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


Mordeca Jane Pollock, professor of French and member of the board of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was born in 1941. She was the founding chapter president of Eastern Massachusetts NOW (1969-1970), chair of the Chapter Advisory Board (1971-1972), member of the NOW National Conference Resolutions Committee (1971-1973, and chair, 1971), and served on the NOW National Board of Directors (1971-1973, 1975). She was a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (1971-1972), chairing the Health Task Force. Pollock was an assistant professor of French at Brandeis University, was the chair of the Brandeis Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (1973-1974), and was the Brandeis affirmative action coordinator (1973-1974).


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I. Personal Papers (#1.1-1.10)
  2. Series II. National Organization for Women (#1.11-2.6)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 74-23, 80-M90

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mordeca Jane Pollock in February 1974 and May 1980.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2002

By: Johanna Carll

Pollock, Mordeca Jane, 1941- . Papers of NOW officer Mordeca Jane Pollock, 1969-1976: 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

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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