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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 797

Papers of Jean Faust, 1938-2014 (inclusive), 1966-1972 (bulk)


Correspondence, notes, printed material of Jean Satterthwaite Faust, first president of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women and national NOW board member and legislative co-chair.


  • Creation: 1938-2014
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1966-1972

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

As of November 2015, written permission from the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.17, 2.5-2.6, and 2.9-2.13.

As of June 2017, written permission of NOW-NYC is no longer required for access to folders #3.4, 3.6, 3.9-3.16, 3.19-3.20, and 5.10.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jean Faust is held by Jean Faust. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


1.88 linear feet ((4 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder, 2 photograph folders, and 1 object)

The collection contains correspondence, notes, conference materials, printed material, etc., documenting Jean Faust's work for the National Organization for Women (NOW) at the national level as well as her work for the New York City chapter of NOW. The majority of files represent Faust's efforts, as a member of NOW and as administrative aide to New York Congressman William F. Ryan, to end the practice of gender segregated help wanted advertisements and to eliminate gender biased language from federal and New York state legislation. Many files from the 1960s and 1970s contain notes Faust wrote in 1990 clarifying and contextualizing the file contents. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Original folder headings were maintained; titles in brackets were created by the archivist. Files were arranged alphabetically by the archivist.

Materials received by the Schlesinger Library in June 2014 were added to the collection in August 2014 and are represented in folders #5.1-5.13, SD.1. Folders are listed in intellectual, not sequential order.


Jean Satterthwaite Faust, daughter of George Dewey, a tenant farmer, and Hattie Lee Bradley Satterthwaite, was born March 19, 1930, in Tarboro, North Carolina. She received a BA in English and Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1952 and was a teacher in Kannopolis, North Carolina, for a year before moving to New York City in 1953, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Elizabeth Arden and as supervisor of the mail order department and buyer for Mark Cross. From 1965 to 1971, she served as administrative aide to New York Congressman William F. Ryan. On August 29, 1959, she married Irvin Faust, a guidance counselor and writer. A founding member of the New York City Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Faust served as the organization's first president (1966-1967), vice president (1968), chair of the board (1969), and chair of the Committee on the EEOC (1967-1970). From 1968 to 1969, she served on NOW's national board and was Legislative Co-chair from 1968 to 1970.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2014-M58, 2014-M105

The papers of Jean Faust were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jean Faust in April and June 2014.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the National Organization for Women, Series VII, Legislative Office, Subseries F, Jean Faust's files (MC 496).


Donors: Jean Faust

Accession number: 2014-M58

Processed by: Johanna Carll

The following items were removed to the Schlesinger Library periodicals collection:

  1. Modern Language Association of America. Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession. Pre-convention News. December 1, 1970.
  2. The National Woman's Party Bulletin. Vol. IV, No. 1, first quarter 1969 and April 1969.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2014

By: Johanna Carll

Faust, Jean, 1930- . Papers of Jean Faust, 1938-2014 (inclusive), 1966-1972 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Jean Satterthwaite Faust.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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