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COLLECTION Identifier: 2001-M174

Records of the National Women's Education Fund, 1972-1997


Records of the National Women's Education Fund, a non-partisan, national training and information service for women and public leadership.


  • Creation: 1972-1997

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the National Women's Education Fund 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.


1.42 linear feet (1 carton, 1 file box)

Collection consists of a brief history; correspondence, notes, and memoranda; publications by National Women's Education Fund; workshop materials including summaries of participant evaluations and follow-up questionnaires; fundraising proposals and reports to funding agencies; campaign workbooks, leaflets, buttons, etc.


The National Women's Education Fund was an outgrowth of the National Women's Political Caucus. According to the Fund's "A Short History of the National Women's Education Fund," the Fund "originated in 1972 with a national series of successful seminars to teach women how to become delegates to the national party conventions. In 1973 the national Women's Education Fund opened a Washington, D.C. office and was granted tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code….The Fund's initial programs taught women the skills of planning and managing campaigns for public office at the state and local levels…..[These programs] were planned to link diverse groups of women across geographic, social, economic, racial and political boundaries that had traditionally separated them…..Recognizing the need to reach more women than could attend Institutes, the Fund in 1974 began to develop materials for use by individuals and organizations." Rosalie Whelan was appointed Executive Director of National Women's Education Fund in 1979.

The Fund voted to suspend operations in 1986, following several years of financial difficulties.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2001-M174

The records of the National Women's Education Fund were given to the Schlesinger Library by Rosalie Whelan in October 2001.

Processing Information

Container list: April 2006

By: Katherine Gray Kraft

National Women's Education Fund. Records of the National Women's Education Fund, 1972-1997: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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