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COLLECTION Identifier: 92-M142--2012-M128

Records of the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts, 1971-1995


By-laws, minutes, correspondence, etc., of the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts, which was "committed to the economic development and advancement of Massachusetts women."


  • Creation: 1971-1995

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research with the exception of folders #67-80, 92, which contain membership lists and other records where such information appears, are restricted to past, present, and future WEAL/Massachusetts board members for 50 years from date of document.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


1.63 linear feet ((1 carton, 1+1/2 file boxes) plus 2 folio folders, 1 folder of photographs, 1 object)

The records were collected from various members and integrated, removing duplication. They include by-laws, chapter, and affiliation records; board of directors' minutes and correspondence; correspondence, notes, programs and other published material re: events and/or issues; nominating committee and membership records; a few folders of public relations materials; a few items relating to finances; and information about joint conferences and other activities related to WEAL's interests. Reference copies of newsletters are in the library's periodical department; archival copies are filed separately. Publications by national WEAL, and clippings about women's issues in general, were removed.


The Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) of Massachusetts was convened with chapter status on September 9, 1971, by Vilma Hunt at Pine Manor Junior College. National WEAL merged with the WEAL Fund in 1981; WEAL of Massachusetts became an affiliate in 1983. Although national WEAL dissolved in 1990, WEAL of Massachusetts has remained active.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 92-M142, 94-M162, 2012-M9, 2012-M128

The records of the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts in August 1992 and November 1994. Additional records (#90-91) were given by Louise A. Bonar in January 2012 and (#92) by Bert Hartry in July 2012, and were added to the collection in October 2014.


  1. Carton 1: 1-62
  2. Box 2: 63-66, 81-91
  3. Box 3: 67-70, 72, 74-80, 92

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: May 1995

By: Katherine Gray Kraft

Updated: October 2014

By: Anne Engelhart

Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts. Records of the Women's Equity Action League of Massachusetts, 1971-1995: 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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