Language of Materials
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #3.1-4.8.
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)
Series I, Writings and Related Papers by LK (#1.1-2.9), contains writings by Komisar, including drafts and notes from various articles as well as her book, The New Feminism.
Series II, Correspondence (#3.1-3.7), contains correspondence on subjects (including NOW activities and responses to Komisar's writings) arranged chronologically.
Series III, National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.8-4.8) contains NOW records, including correspondence, printed material, and clippings documenting NOW's efforts to have women included in the affirmative action clauses of the Federal Communication Commission's regulations.
Series IV, Other Organizations (#4.9-4.10), contains one folder concerning the New Democratic Coalition Women's Rights Committee's endorsement of New York City candidates, and one folder concerning the 1977 National Women's Conference that includes transcripts of press conferences with Phyllis Schlafly and Joan Gubbins.
Folder headings are those of Komisar unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Komisar, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Komisar, 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.
Komisar was editor of the Mississippi Free Press (1962-1963), a human resources administrator (1967-1968), press secretary for the political campaigns of Allard Lowenstein (for United States Representative from New York, 1968) and Elinor Guggenheimer (for President of City Council of New York, 1969), and associate producer of WNET-TV (1968-1969). She has been a freelance writer since 1969. She served as Vice President of Public Relations for the National Organization for Women (NOW), resigning in 1971. Komisar is the author of several books, including The New Feminism (1972), Down and Out in the USA: A History of Social Welfare (1973),and Corazon Aquino: The Story of a Revolutionary (1987).
- Series I. Writings and Related Papers by Komisar (#1.1-2.9)
- Series II. Correspondence (#3.1-3.7)
- Series III. National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.8-4.8)
- Series IV. Other Organizations (#4.9-4.10)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lucy Komisar between December 1979 and April 1989.
By: Johanna Carll
- Equal rights amendments--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Feminists--United States
- International Women's Year, 1975
- Journalists--United States
- National Women’s Conference
- Sex discrimination against women--United States
- Women journalists--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
- Komisar, Lucy, 1942- . Papers of NOW officer Lucy Komisar, 1969-1982: 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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