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COLLECTION Identifier: Pr-8

Commissions on the Status of Women collection of the Schlesinger Library, 1967-2004


State and local reports, minutes, membership lists, newsletters, and task force and conference material for the President's Commission on the Status of Women.


  • Creation: 1967-2004

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the materials created by the Commissions on the Status of Women as well as 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.


5.84 linear feet (14 file boxes)

Collection is organized alphabetically by state and includes state and occasionally local commission reports, minutes, membership lists, brochures, newsletters, and task force and conference material.


Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the President's Commission on the Status of Women undertook a 22-month study "to examine and recommend remedies to combat the...prejudices and outmoded customs [that] act as barriers to the full realization of women's basic rights." Its report, issued in 1963, spurred the Women's Bureau of the United States Department of Labor to spearhead the creation of state commissions on the status of women. By 1966, 45 states had commissions studying the condition of women within their jurisdictions, and by 1976, there were 82 local commissions, primarily in cities or highly urbanized counties.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2003-M63

Material removed from the records of the National Association of Commissions for Women, and other manuscript collections.

Container list

  1. Box 1: Alabama - Arkansas
  2. Box 2: California
  3. Box 3: California (San Diego, etc.) - Delaware
  4. Box 4: District of Columbia - Florida
  5. Box 5: Georgia - Illinois
  6. Box 6: Illinois (continued) - Kentucky
  7. Box 7: Kentucky - Maryland
  8. Box 7A: Maryland - Massachusetts
  9. Box 8: Massachusetts - Michigan
  10. Box 9: Minnesota - Nebraska
  11. Box 10: Nebraska (continued) - New York
  12. Box 11: New York (continued) - Pennsylvania
  13. Box 12: Pennsylvania (continued) - Texas
  14. Box 13: Utah - Wyoming

Processing Information

Processed: April 2005

Commissions on the Status of Women collection of the Schlesinger Library, 1967-2004
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

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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