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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 969

Papers of Priscilla Marie Tremper Leith, 1973-2013


Equal Rights Amendment material of journalist and local political activist Priscilla Marie Tremper Leith.


  • Creation: 1973-2013

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Priscilla Leith 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.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

Collection includes correspondence, notes, fliers, pamphlets, reports, and scrapbooks documenting the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and nationwide. Also included are Leith's files on local political issues affecting Newton, Massachusetts, between 2007 and 2013; mainly about water.

Material arrived at the Library both loose and in folders. Leith's original folder titles are in quotes in the inventory. Other titles and description were created by the archivist. Material is filed chronologically.


Priscilla Marie Tremper Leith was born in 1935 and attended Vassar College (BA, 1956). She worked as an accountant and as a journalist, and was active in feminist political organizations in Massachusetts. Leith was president of Massachusetts NOW in 1977, and served as treasurer of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. She campaigned for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Massachusetts and nationally.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M218

These papers of Priscilla Leith were given to the Schlesinger Library in December 2018.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2019

By: Jenny Gotwals.

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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