Records of the Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project, 1961-2001 (inclusive), 1990-1993 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1990-1993
Language of Materials
In January 2019, the finding aid was updated and some transcripts and audiotapes previously closed were opened.
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
5.21 linear feet ((12+1/2 file boxes) plus 2 photograph folders, 152 audiocassettes)
An advisory committee for the project was formed in late 1989 to suggest topics to pursue, set priorities as to whom would be interviewed, and help identify possible interviewers. The pool of potential interviewees was those women and men who were actively involved with either Betty Friedan or NOW during the designated years; selection was based on the significance of their contributions, the duration of their involvement, and the uniqueness of their roles. The potential interviewees were sent project surveys asking if they would like to participate in the project; what office in NOW or NOW LDEF they had held; what NOW issues, policies, and events they would like to cover; and who they would like to interview them. The interviewers were given a list of suggested topics, grouped in three areas: personal information, motivation, and contribution to the women's movement; the history of NOW, concentrating on 1966-1977; and the role of Betty Friedan in the women's movement. The interviews were held at people's homes, and occasionally, at restaurants. Most of the women and men were interviewed individually, but in a few cases, with their partners.
The audiotapes were transcribed by Schlesinger Library staff, and the transcripts were sent to both the interviewee and interviewer for editing. From the beginning of the project through 1994 the transcripts were sent back to the interviewee for a second round of edits. When these edited copies were returned to the Library, "archive copies" (e.g., clean, camera-ready copies) with an index were produced. Some edited copies were not returned to the library; these transcripts, with the original edits, are available except when the interviewee has refused to sign the legal agreement. Most transcripts are governed by a legal agreement; some are restricted as to use or publication. Two interviews, with Karen DeCrow and Wilma Scott Heide, were conducted in 1980 and 1981, and were included with this project at the request of Mary Jean Tully.
Series I, AUDIOTAPES AND TRANSCRIPTS, 1980-2000 (#1.1-12.1, 13.8-13.9, T-301.1-T-301.8, T-301.15-T-301.53, T-301.56-T-301.84, T-301.88-T-301.102, T-301.104-T-301.115, T-301.118-T-301.126, T-301.130-T-301.152), contains audiotapes and restricted and unrestricted transcripts. Some require written permission of the interviewee for use or publication and others are closed as noted. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, AUDIOTAPES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INDEPENDENT INTERVIEWS, 1991-2000 (#12.2-12.8, T-301.9-T-301.14, T-301.54-T-301.55, T-301.85-T-301.87, T-301.103, T-301.116-T-301.117, T-301.127-T-301.129), contains independent interviews conducted by Jacqueline Michot Ceballos during the project. Some interviews in this series are closed until January 1, 2030. They are arranged alphabetically.
Series III, ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL, 1961-2001 (#12.9-13.7), contains biographical data sheets sent to the participants of the project; articles about NOW and its members; resumes; obituaries; and a few project surveys that asked what topics the participants would like to cover. It is arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1960-1993 (#PD.1-PD.2), contains photographs of some of the interviewees. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
In her own interview, when asked her reasons for creating this project, Tully responded: "It starts with the fact that I was always bothered, when we were doing the women's movement, by the fact that almost nothing was being written down...Most of the really important stuff was going on on the telephone...Three or four years ago, I was reading a biography of Mary Shelley, and I was so dazzled by the fact that the author could say, 'On Saturday, March 14th, Mary spent the morning at home, because the weather was very nice. In the afternoon, she was invited to a party...this is what she wore, and this is what they served, and so on.' I found it absolutely dazzling, and I thought to myself, once more, 'Nobody has this kind of information about Betty Friedan.'"
- Series I. Audiotapes and Transcripts, 1980-2000 (#1.1-12.1, 13.8-13.9, T-301.1-T-301.8, T-301.15-T-301.53, T-301.56-T-301.84, T-301.88-T-301.102, T-301.104-T-301.115, T-301.118-T-301.126, T-301.130-T-301.152)
- Series II. Audiotapes and Transcripts of Independent Interviews, 1991-2000 (#12.2-12.8, T-301.9-T-301.14, T-301.54-T-301.55, T-301.85-T-301.87, T-301.103, T-301.116-T-301.117, T-301.127-T-301.129)
- Series III. Administration and General, 1961-2001 (#12.9-13.7)
- Series IV. Photographs, 1960-1993 (#PD.1-PD.2)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project became part of the Schlesinger Library's holdings following completion of the project in 2001.
Accession number: 2001-M81, 2001-M125, 2001-M165, 2001-M180
Processed by: Cat Lea Holbrook
The following items duplicated holdings in the Library and have been removed from the collection:
- The New Broadside, November 1970.
- The NOW York Times, August 27, 1970 and August 26, 1981.
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
- Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project. Records of the Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project, 1961-2001 (inclusive), 1990-1993 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from Radcliffe College Class of 1956.
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