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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 991

Papers of Judith Ann Pickering, 1971-2018 (inclusive), 1971-1976 (bulk)


Correspondence, minutes, notes, printed material, etc., documenting Judith Ann Pickering's work as a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and as an ERA activist.


  • 1971-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1971-1976

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Judith Ann Pickering as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Copyright in papers created by Pickering while an officer of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is held by NOW.

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


3.75 linear feet ((9 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder)

The papers of Judith Ann Pickering contain correspondence, minutes, notes, printed material, etc., documenting Pickering's work as a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and as an ERA activist. Folder titles were created by Pickering. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Judith Ann Pickering, daughter of John and Yvette Thibodeau Pickering, was born January 12, 1944, in Berlin, New Hampshire. She received an AB from Connecticut College in mathematics in 1965. She held positions at Electric Boat and Unisys Corporation (formerly Sperry Corporation) before becoming certified as a school teacher and teaching mathematics in several Connecticut public schools. An active member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Pickering was the founding president of Connecticut NOW (1971-1973) and New London NOW (1968-1971), and served on NOW's national board from 1973 to 1975. She was instrumental in the passage of the Connecticut Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and advocated for the passage of the national ERA as president of Conn ERA and chair of NOW's Resources for the ERA (RERA) committee. Pickering died May 27, 2018, in New London, Connecticut.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2019-M59

The papers of Judith Ann Pickering were given to the Schlesinger Library by her partner, Arnold Seifer, in April 2019.

Related Material:

Materials relating to Judith Ann Pickering's work for Connecticut NOW can be found at the Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2019

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.

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

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