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COLLECTION Identifier: 90-M59--90-M71

Records of Wider Opportunities for Women, 1965-1987


Minutes, correspondence, program reports, etc., of Wider Opportunities for Women, which worked to expand employment opportunities for women through information, employment training, and advocacy.


  • 1965-1987

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The donors transfer Wider Opportunities for Women's copyright in the records to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


24.42 linear feet ((24 cartons, 1 file box) plus electronic records)

The collection includes minutes of executive committee and the board of directors, correspondence, financial records, publications, proposals, program reports, vocational education material, mailing lists, and videotapes. WOW's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.

The records have been neither sorted nor rearranged. They are boxed and listed in the order in which they were received from the WOW office.


Founded in 1964 as Washington Opportunities for Women, Wider Opportunities for Women seeks to expand employment opportunities for women through information, employment training, and advocacy services. It works to overcome barriers to women's employment and economic equity, such as occupational segregation, sex stereotyped education and training, discrimination in employment practices and wages, and lack of appropriate dependent care.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 90-M59, 90-M71

The records of Wider Opportunities for Women were given to the Schlesinger Library by Wider Opportunities for Women in May 1990.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc. Additional records, 1979-2011 (2011-M235), and Wider Opportunities for Women Additional records, 1966-2003 (MC 672).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: February 1991

By: Michelle R. Tull

Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.. Records of Wider Opportunities for Women, 1965-1987: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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