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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 430

Papers of Patricia Gold, 1964-1990


Correspondence, research papers, clippings, etc., of Patricia Gold, feminist and nurse.


  • Creation: 1964-1990

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. Copyright in the papers created by Patricia Gold is held by 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 audiocassette)

Through personal correspondence, minutes and organizational records, research papers, news releases, clippings, speeches, newsletters, pamphlets, and flyers, this collection documents the women's movement in eastern Massachusetts during the 1970s and early 1980s, and Patricia Gold's involvement in it. The collection documents the formation of many committees, the founding of the Boston chapter of NOW (first known as the Eastern Massachusetts chapter), anti-war protests, abortion teach-ins, and the presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, and includes chapters from the first draft of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and writings on feminism and Judaism.

The folders are arranged in chronological order by subject, then chronologically within each topic. When possible, the folder titles provided by the donor have been retained. Folder headings not in brackets [ ] are those of the donor.


Patricia Gold was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1935, and grew up in a Jewish household in Queens, where she was active in the youth chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She moved to Watertown, Massachusetts, at the age of 30, is married to Burton Greenberg, and works as a nurse at the Emerson Convalescent Home in Watertown.

In the 1960s, she was inspired by The Feminine Mystique to join the women's movement. She has challenged dress codes and "men only" restrictions in exclusive restaurants, served on the Health Task Force of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, worked on the state Equal Rights Amendment campaign, and helped write a chapter for the first draft of the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. Gold has been involved in many protests, teach-ins, and birth control campaigns, and was a charter member of the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She is also a member of the Older Women's League and the National Women's Health Network.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 90-M205

The papers of Patricia Gold were given to the Schlesinger Library by Patricia Gold in December 1990, and were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.


  1. Box 1: 1-20
  2. Box 2: 21-45
  3. Box 3: 46-61

Processing Information

Processed: January 1995

By: Rich Taylor, Jacalyn R. Blume

Gold, Patricia, 1935- . Papers of Patricia Gold, 1964-1990: A Finding Aid
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

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