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COLLECTION Identifier: 91-M132--93-M1: T-275: Vt-89

Papers of Ann Scott, 1932?-1976


Correspondence, photographs, financial records, etc., of Ann London Scott, vice-president for legislation of the National Organization for Women and a founder of the Buffalo, New York, chapter of NOW.


  • Creation: 1932?-1976

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted except that an appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers created by Ann Scott 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.


3 linear feet ((3 cartons) plus 5 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 6 audiotapes, 1 videotape)

Series I, Personal papers (#1-55), includes photographs of Scott, family, and others; biographical documents and clippings; correspondence (primarily 1956-1969 and in the early 1970s concerning her illness); tax returns and business correspondence, 1971-1976; and correspondence and other papers concerning her memorial service and memorial fund.

Series II, NOW and other organizations (#56-93), documents Scott's participation through correspondence, reports, etc., especially concerning sex discrimination at colleges and universities, 1969-1974; photographs; speeches and articles by her, including a videotape and audiotapes of interviews; and the typescript and published versions of "The Half-Eaten Apple," 1970. There is only one folder of papers, etc., documenting her involvement with the American Association for Higher Education, Common Cause, etc.

Series III, Writings (#94-120), includes papers by Scott, most from graduate school; a portion of her dissertation; published poems; drafts of poems and prose; diary excerpts intended for use in a novel; a film script; and audiotapes of poetry readings, one including Scott, Stanley Kunitz, and Carolyn Kizer.


Professor, poet, author, and women's rights activist Ann (London) Scott was born in Seattle, Washington, on July 29, 1929, the daughter of Claire C. and Dan London. Her father was later manager and senior vice-president of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Educated at the Dominican Convent in San Rafael, Calif., Scott attended Stanford University and graduated in English from the University of Washington in Seattle (B.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1970). While in Seattle, Scott was an editor of Poetry Northwest. Married first to Paul Tufts and divorced in 1954, she then married Gerd Stern. They had one son, Jared Daniel, and were divorced in 1962.

From 1965 to 1972 Scott taught English literature and composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her poems were published in Choice, Sage, Modern Poetry Studies, and other magazines. In 1965 she married Thomas J. Scott, later dean of the graduate division of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

One of the founders of the Buffalo chapter of the National Organization for Women (1969), Scott was elected to NOW's national board at its first national convention, held in Chicago in 1970. In 1971 she became vice-president for legislation and was responsible for much of the lobbying aimed at ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She was the author of "The Half-Eaten Apple," a 1970 report on sex discrimination at the University of Buffalo and at universities in general; "Business and Industry Discrimination Kit" (1971, with Lucy Komisar), and "And Justice for All," a pamphlet criticizing the lack of enforcement of federal antidiscrimination laws. Beginning in 1972 she devoted herself to NOW and to Common Cause, serving on both boards of directors, and to the American Association for Higher Education, where she was associate director. Scott died of cancer in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 17, 1975.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. I. Personal
  2. II. NOW and other organizations
  3. III. Writings

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 91-M132, 91-M156, 93-M1

These papers of Ann (London) Scott were given to the Schlesinger Library in August and September 1991 and January 1993 by her widower, Thomas J. Scott.


  1. Carton 1: 6-20, 24-46
  2. Carton 2: 47-51, 54-65, 67-68, 70-73, 79-84
  3. Carton 3: 85-93, 94-104, 107-114, 116-120

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: May 1997

By: Anne Engelhart

Scott, Ann, 1929-1975. Papers of Ann Scott, 1932?-1976: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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