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COLLECTION Identifier: 88-M96--89-M104

Additional records of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women, 1972-1986


Addenda to the records (79-M116--81-M121) of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.).


  • Creation: 1972-1986

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Researchers must sign a special permission form to use the collection. These records have been screened by library staff, and folders access to which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy have been removed. Folders #49-51, 53-56, 90-91 and items removed from #146 are closed until January 1, 2057. Folder #126 is closed until January 1, 2038.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women is held by 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women.

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


5 linear feet ((5 cartons) plus 1 oversize folder, electronic records)

Series I, Administrative, begins with records of Working Women, and includes board memoranda, task force memoranda and reports, budget requests and evaluation forms from affiliates, newsletters, leaflets, and other reports and publications. These are followed by hand-books, by-laws, and minutes and agendas of 9 to 5's executive board, agendas and notes for staff meetings, staff evaluations, records of the personnel committee, and a dissertation and other writings concerning 9 to 5 and its work. 9 to 5'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.

Series II, Financial, includes primarily budget information, and records of the 9 to 5 auction and other fundraising events: publicity, programs, etc.

Series III, Membership/Outreach, includes press releases and other material concerning National Secretaries Week; program and other conference material for the Summer School for Working Women; miscellaneous clippings re: 9 to 5, information on the 9 to 5 television series and movie; and records of the canvass: correspondence, reports, agendas, evaluations, forms, etc.

Series IV, Industry-based committees, contains correspondence, speeches, minutes, legal documents, publicity, and other records documenting 9 to 5 campaigns in the insurance and banking industries.

Series V, Issue-based committees, includes correspondence, notes, minutes, agendas, clippings, publicity, and research material concerning the Boston Survey Group; correspondence, notes, agendas, publicity, etc., of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and the Health and Safety Committee, particularly regarding the latter's concern with video display terminals. Other issues documented in this series include stress on the job, especially as it pertained to the PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) strike; minorities; crime; voter registration; and the Boston Job Ordinance. Also included are publications of working women's groups in other U.S. cities.

Folder headings in quotation marks are those of 9 to 5 staff.


9 to 5: Organization for Women Office Workers was founded in Boston in 1972 by Ellen Cassedy and Karen Nussbaum. In 1977 several affiliated groups, including Boston 9 to 5, sponsored the formation of a national group, Working Women, with headquarters in Cleveland. In 1983 the national organization changed its name to 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women. By means of publicity, conferences, affirmative action campaigns, and job and wage surveys, the organization has worked to improve conditions for women employed by banks, publishing houses, insurance companies, colleges and universities, and other major employers. Besides affirmative action and equal pay, important issues include the status of minority women, age discrimination, and "re-entry" for displaced homemakers.


The collection is arranged in five series:

  1. Series I. Administrative: #1-60, E.1
  2. Series II. Financial: #61-75
  3. Series III. Membership/outreach: #76-100
  4. Series IV. Industry-based committees: #101-130
  5. Series V. Issue-based committees: #131-178


These addenda include by-laws, minutes, correspondence, memoranda, agendas, notes, reports, budgets, publicity, and clippings, as well as research papers about 9 to 5. Their arrangement follows that of earlier accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 88-M96, 89-M104

These addenda to the records of 9 to 5 were given to the Schlesinger Library by 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women in June 1988 and June 1989.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) Records, 1972-1980, 79-M16--81-M121, 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) Additional records, 1972-1985, 82-M189--86-M213, 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) Videotapes, 1978-1980, Vt-10, and 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.). Milwaukee Chapter Records, 1973-2005, MC 655, 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.), Milwaukee Chapter Videotape collection, 1982-2001, Vt-186, 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.), Milwaukee Chapter Audiotapes, 1974-2000, T-380, and the Karen Nussbaum Papers, 1972-2017 (MC 1234).


Donor: 9 to 5, Organization for Women Office Workers

Accession numbers: 88-M96, 89-M104

Processed by: Anne Engelhart

Date: January 1992

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Publications, agendas, meeting summaries, etc., of Coalition of Labor Union Women; donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University on January 1992.


  1. Carton 1: 1-30
  2. Carton 2: 31-48, 52, 57-60
  3. Carton 3: 61-89, 92-113
  4. Carton 4: 114-125, 127-147
  5. Carton 5: 148-178

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: January 1992

By: Anne Engelhart

9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.). Additional records of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women, 1972-1986: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.

Repository Details

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