National Institute for Women of Color, 1977-1991
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Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
6.5 linear feet ((15 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 19 photograph folders, 8 audiotapes.)
Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE, 1977-1991 (#1.1-5.14), consists of material related to the operation of NIWC including agendas, correspondence, fund-raising, minutes, and publicity. Of interest are the records used to establish new regional chapters, the scope of work for the organization, and the statement of principles detailing NIWC's mission. NIWC's five-year plan that discusses actions and projects proposed for 1989 through 1994 is also included (#2.11). The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II, CONFERENCE MATERIAL, 1979-1989 (#5.15-8.9), consists of files related to the conferences organized by NIWC, and other conferences relating to women, including the National Minority Women's Leadership Conference in 1979, which was a precursor to NIWC; and the United Nations Women's Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985. The bulk of the series contains correspondence, planning documents, evaluations, lists of conference speakers, participants, and programs for national conferences of NIWC in 1982-1984, and 1987. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series III, SUBJECT FILES, 1981-1990 (#8.10-16.8), consists of material related to raising awareness of issues affecting women of color including reproductive rights, racism, and pay equity. Of particular interest is the correspondence, drafts and research conducted for the Brown Papers which were writings by NIWC discussing issues of concern to women of color. This series also documents NIWC's collaborative efforts with organizations such as Women for a Meaningful Summit, a coalition of national and international women's organizations committed to focusing attention to issues of global peace, justice, and conflict resolution. By-laws, correspondence, minutes, and notes of the Women for a Meaningful Summit are also included. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1979-1989 (#PD.1-PD.19), consists of images from NIWC conferences, workshops, and awards programs including the "Outstanding Women of Color" award given at NIWC conferences. Of particular note are images featuring Gloria Steinem at the NIWC conference in 1982 (PD.5). Also included are photographs from the NOW Minority Women's Conference in 1979; images of Sharon Parker speaking at the National Association of Professional African American Women conference in 1988; and images of NIWC Board of Directors, and Arlie Scott, the Executive Vice President of NOW. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series V, AUDIOVISUAL, 1979-1988 (T-520.1-T-520.8), contains audiocassettes from the NOW Minority Women's Leadership Conference in 1979. Titles listed are those written on the original tapes. The series is arranged chronologically.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
- Series I. Administrative, 1977-1991 (#1.1-5.14)
- Series II. Conference material, 1979-1989 (#5.15-8.9)
- Series III. Subject files, 1981-1990 (#8.10-16.8)
- Series IV. Photographs, 1979-1989 (#PD.1-PD.19)
- Series V. Audiovisual, 1979-1988 (T-520.1-T-520.8)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sharon Parker, founder of National Institute for Women of Color, in September 2015.
Accession number: 2015-M143
Processed by: Amber L. Moore
The following items have been removed from the collection:
- Gender Bias in Testing. Current Debates Future Priorities
- Korean Women on the Move
- Legislative Alert
- Link in The Newsletter of the Woman and Development Programme Commonwealth Secretariat
- Men and Women: At Home and in the Workplace. Current Debates Future Directions
- Money Matters
- Network News
- NGO News
- Political Woman
- Resources For Educational Equity
- Somos Hermanas
- Speak Out
- The Effects of Racism and Militarization on Women's Equality
- Una Experiencia hacia la Liberacion de la Mujer
- Where Are Women and Blacks? Patterns of Employment in Alabama Government
- Women Strike For Peace
- World Paper. The Voices of the World
By: Amber L. Moore, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
- National Institute for Women of Color (U.S.). Records of National Institute for Women of Color, 1977-1991: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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