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COLLECTION Identifier: OH-39; T-86

Oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization, 1974-1977

Tapes and transcripts of interviews focusing on women and their involvement in the beginnings of the women’s reform movement in the United States Department of State during the early 1970s, conducted by the Women's Action Organization, formed to address some of the long-standing inequities in the treatment of women in the State Department and its "sister" Foreign Service agencies.

Dates

  • 1974-1977

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 oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.

Copying. Transcripts and tapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

1 Volumes

18 audiotapes

These interviews focus on the professional lives of the interviewees and their involvement in the beginnings of the women's reform movement in the United States Department of State during the early 1970s. The following inventory includes a list of catalog entries for each interview; these entries indicate the subjects discussed in the interviews.

HISTORY

The Women's Action Organization (WAO) was formed in November 1970 to address some of the long standing inequities in the treatment of women in the State Department and its "sister" Foreign Service agencies: United States Information Agency and the Agency for International Development. For further background on the WAO, see the introduction to the oral history interviews.

Jean Joyce, who in 1970 was senior reports advisor in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and one of the founders of WAO, conceived the idea of interviewing those involved in the formation of WAO. She conducted interviews with ten women and two men and was in turn interviewed by Valerie Kreutzer. The interviews were transcribed by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, which is the repository for related records of the Women's Action Organization.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M7

Related Material:

For a related interview with Alison Palmer conducted by Marguerite Cooper King in 1978, see T-173 at the Schlesinger Library.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1985

By: Anne Engelhart, Elizabeth O. Shenton
Link to catalog
Title
Women's Action Organization. Oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization, 1974-1977: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00983

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.

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