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COLLECTION Identifier: 2017-M186

Papers of Joan Kuriansky, 1978-2017


Kuriansky's research and project files, mostly relating to domestic violence in the United States and abroad.


  • Creation: 1978-2017

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Joan Kuriansky as well as 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.


17.84 linear feet ((17 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, electronic records)

Collection includes files on national domestic violence legislation, My Sister's Place (battered women's shelter), Women Against Abuse; speeches; board materials, publicity, reports, etc., of the Older Women's League; planning documents, reports, memos, etc., of the Campaign for Women's Health; meeting materials, etc., from the Advisory Council on Violence Against Women; implementation plans, workshop materials for the Services Training Officers Prosecution Technical Assistance (STOP TA); Wider Opportunities for Women files; and files from Kuriansky's international work in Russia and elsewhere, including the International Women's Conferences in Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995).

Additional material received in electronic format will be described and added to this container list at some later date.


Attorney and senior policy advisor, Joan A. Kuriansky has spent the bulk of her professional life focused on leading local and national non-profit organizations that empower women and girls throughout their lifespans. A graduate of Washington University (BA 1973), Occidental College (MA 1974), and the University of Virginia Law School (JD 1977), Kuriansky began her work with battered women in 1978 when she helped establish the first shelter in Washington, DC. She later served as executive director of Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia (1981-1987) and in 1995 was recruited to provide technical assistance to state agencies implementing the Violence Against Women Act (1995-2001). She also served on President Clinton's Advisory Council on Violence Against Women (1995-2000). From 2001-2011 Kuriansky was executive director of Wider Opportunities for Women which works nationally to achieve economic independence for women. She was also executive director of the Older Women's League (1987-1994) and the co-founder and convener of the Campaign for Women's Health which brought together coalitions to ensure that women's voices were heard in the national debate on health care reform; its model care package was central to the Women's Health Equity Act of 1992. Internationally Kuriansky worked in a number of countries on gender violence and on ensuring women's participation in civil society. Most recently she has served as the United States delegate to the Asian Pacific Economic Women's Summit, and organized the non-governmental organization tracts at the annual Global Summits for Women in Athens, Istanbul, and Kuala Lumpur.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2017-M186

The papers of Joan Kuriansky were given to the Schlesinger Library by Joan Kuriansky in October 2017.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Wider Opportunities for Women additional records (2011-M235)) and OWL (Older Women's League) records (2010-M152--2011-M33)).

Processing Information

Container list created: October 2017

By: Joan Kuriansky.

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.

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Repository Details

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