Language of Materials
As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.2-3.9.
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Series I, Personal (#1.1-1.3), contains correspondence, writings by Seidenberg, and clippings about Seidenberg.
Series II, National Organization for Women Correspondence #1.4-2.8), contains administrative correspondence, such as requests for information, as well as correspondence relating to various cases Seidenberg defended or brought on NOW's behalf, and requests for Seidenberg's legal advice. Readers must sign a special permission form.
Series III, Seidenberg Legal Cases (#2.9-3.9), contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, and printed materials relating to the case NOW v. Syracuse University, in which NOW accused Syracuse University of sex discrimination. There is also one folder concerning a New York Civil Liberties Union case, Naprstek et al. v. The City of Norwich et al., in which Seidenberg challenged the city's youth curfew.
Series IV, Photographs (#3.10), contains four photographs of Seidenberg: one portrait, one of Seidenberg with Karen DeCrow, and two of a Syracuse NOW meeting attended by Seidenberg and Betty Friedan.
Folder headings are those of Seidenberg unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Seidenberg, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Seidenberg, 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.
In addition to being partner in the Syracuse law firm of Seidenberg and Strunk, Seidenberg has provided legal counsel in numerous civil liberties cases. In 1970, she successfully defended women's right to enter bars in New York in Seidenberg v. McSorley's. She was one of three lawyers who brought suit requiring the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to outlaw male and female job listings in newspapers.
- Series I. Personal (#1.1-1.3)
- Series II. National Organization for Women Correspondence #1.4-2.8)
- Series III. Seidenberg Legal Cases (#2.9-3.9)
- Series IV. Photographs (#3.10)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Faith Seidenberg between June 1981 and October 1982.
By: Johanna Carll
- Seidenberg, Faith. Papers of NOW officer Faith Seidenberg, 1969-1977: 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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