Papers of NOW officer Lynne Darcy, 1971-1976
Papers of National Organization for Women officer Lynne Darcy, coordinator of NOW's Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
As of November 2015, written permission from 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 Lynne Darcy 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.
Extent1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
This collection contains mostly correspondence. There are also printed material, reports, clippings, press releases, minutes, notes by Darcy, etc. The collection is arranged in three series.
Series I, National Organization for Women (NOW) Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement (#1.1-3.3), contains correspondence, printed material, clippings, minutes, notes, etc., by Darcy, as well as by Mary Lynn Myers and Joan Hull, earlier task force coordinators. Topics covered in this series include task force procedures and sex discrimination actions taken by individual NOW members, NOW chapters, and the task force, particularly actions against Xerox and General Mills. Records are arranged chronologically.
Series II, National Organization for Women (NOW) Task Force on Task Forces (#3.4-3.13), contains correspondence with and surveys completed by leaders of various task forces. Topics covered in this series include the arrangement of and agenda items for meetings. Records are arranged chronologically.
Series III, Other Organizations (#3.14-3.15), contains correspondence, minutes, and potential member lists of the Association of Feminist Consultants. There is also correspondence and a proposal created by the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. Records are arranged alphabetically by organization name.
Folder headings are those of Darcy unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Darcy, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Darcy, 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.
Lynne Darcy, a lawyer and National Organization for Women (NOW) activist, was born May 15, 1941, in New York City. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University (1962), and her J.D. from the University of Michigan (1978). Darcy was employed by RCA Laboratories (1962-1978), the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon (1979-1984), Lever Brothers Company (1984-1988), and Darcy, Donovan & Coleman (1988-1990). She rejoined Kenyon & Kenyon in 1990.
Darcy was treasurer of Central New Jersey NOW (ca.1970-1971), coordinator of the Central New Jersey NOW Employment Task Force (ca.1970-1973), coordinator of New Jersey Women on Employment, a statewide coalition of New Jersey women's groups, including NOW (ca.1971-1973), and coordinator of the National Organization for Women's Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement (1973-1976), as well as the Task Force on Task Forces (ca.1974-1976).
The collection is arranged in three series:
- Series I. National Organization for Women (NOW) Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement (#1.1-3.3)
- Series II. National Organization for Women (NOW) Task Force on Task Forces (#3.4-3.13)
- Series III. Other Organizations (#3.14-3.15)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 94-M78
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lynne Darcy in June 1994.
Processed: November 2002
By: Johanna Carll
- Boycotts--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Feminists--United States
- General Mills, Inc.
- Heide, Wilma Scott, 1921-1985
- National Organization for Women
- Sex discrimination against women--United States
- Sex discrimination in employment--United States
- United States--Armed Forces--Women
- Women construction workers--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
- Darcy, Lynne. Papers of NOW officer Lynne Darcy, 1971-1976: 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.
- EAD ID
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