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COLLECTION Identifier: T-311: MC 635

American women's rights movement interviews by Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor, 1979-1983


Collection contains audiotapes and transcripts of interviews conducted by Rupp and Taylor with women who played significant roles in the American women's rights movement.


  • Creation: 1979-1983

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the interviews created by Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library in so far as they hold it. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Audiotapes and transcripts may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


25 audiotapes
.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

Collection consists of 25 audiotapes and transcripts of interviews, conducted by Rupp and Taylor as research for their book, with women who worked for women's rights during the mid-twentieth century in the United States. Helen Schleman's interview is in transcript form only. Monika Kehoe's interview is not included in Survival in the Doldrums. Each interviewee is asked to discuss when or if she became a feminist, the women's movement during the the period from World War II through the early 1960s, and her relationship to the National Women's Party. The following names have been abbreviated to their acronyms: National Woman's Party, National Organization for Women (NOW), the President's Commission on the Status of Women, and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).


Leila J. Rupp was an associate professor of history and Verta Taylor an associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University. In 1987 they published Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s, a study of feminism in the 1950s, in particular the National Woman's Party and its efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2003-M7 and 2003-M10

The collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor in January 2003.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2010

By: Melissa Dollman


Rupp, Leila J., 1950- . American women's rights movement interviews by Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor, 1979-1983: 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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