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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 945

Papers of Marcia Cohen, 1967-1987


Transcripts of interviews conducted by Marcia Cohen with feminist leaders as well as minutes, correspondence, and other materials documenting the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW).


  • Creation: 1967-1987

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marcia Cohen is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


1.04 linear feet (2 + 1/2 file boxes)

The papers of Marcia Cohen contain correspondence, minutes, etc., concerning the National Organization for Women (NOW) and NOW-NYC; other women's movement material; and transcripts of interviews conducted by Cohen with Dolores Alexander, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Ivy Bottini, Susan Brownmiller, Jean Faust, Muriel Fox, Betty Friedan, Lois Gould, Germaine Greer, Florynce Kennedy, Kate Millett, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Betty Rollin, Alice Rossi, Barbara Seaman, and Marlo Thomas.


Marcia Friedlander Cohen is the author of The Sisterhood: The True Story of the Women Who Changed the World (1988).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 92-M135

The papers of Marcia Cohen were given to the Schlesinger Library by Marcia Cohen in August 1992.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2018

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.  Other material not normally retained include:  clippings that are not by or about the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).

When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.

Cohen, Marcia. Papers of Marcia Cohen, 1967-1987
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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