Records of the National Center on Women and Family Law, 1977-1996
Correspondence, publications, mailings, etc., of the National Center on Women and Family Law, a legal services organization for women and men on a wide range of issues, including domestic abuse, child support, and child custody.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Case files marked "confidential" by National Center on Women and Family Law staff are closed until January 1, 2057. Other files containing sensitive material have been removed by library staff and are closed until January 1, 2057. The remainder of the collection is open to research. Until January 1, 2057, researchers are required to sign a form stating that they will not try to find or contact any National Center on Women and Family Law client, publish the name or correct initials of any National Center on Women and Family Law client, or reveal personal details sufficient to identify any client.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. The National Center on Women and Family Law transfers its copyright in the records to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library except for National Center on Women and Family Law publications, copyright in which has been transferred to other organizations.
Copying. Unrestricted records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Extent63 linear feet (63 cartons)
This container list includes only those files not marked confidential by National Center on Women and Family Law staff. Portions of the collection listed here were listed, reboxed, and closed by library staff. These closed files are listed twice: first where they belonged originally, and second, where they are actually stored. Of the 63 cartons, cartons 1-11, 14-17, and 19-36 are open to research; cartons 12-13, 18, and 37-63 are closed.
These records include case files; correspondence; publications and mailings issued by National Center on Women and Family Law; newsletters; clippings; fundraising and administrative files; and conference material, particularly for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Folder headings are those of the donor; information in brackets was added by the processor.
Founded in 1979, the National Center on Women and Family Law provided case consultation, guidance and technical assistance to lawyers and paralegals working for low-income American women and men on a wide range of family law matters; co-counseling and amicus briefs on "cutting-edge" family law issues; public policy analysis; training lawyers and paralegals to represent low-income persons; and publications on a range of family law matters, particularly battered women, child support, and child custody. The center provided this under annual contracts with the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation until the end of 1995. It was dissolved in 1996.
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 96-M105, 96-M154
These records were given to the Schlesinger Library by the National Center on Women and Family Law in August and October 1996.
Preliminary container list: December 1997
By: Anne Engelhart
- National Center on Women and Family Law (U.S.). Records of the National Center on Women and Family Law, 1977-1996: A Finding Aid
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