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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1040

Papers of Cynthia Ellen Harrison, 1970-1993


Papers of Cynthia Ellen Harrison, chair of the Credit Task Force of the National Organization for Women; author of Working Women Speak: Education, Training, Counseling Needs; and compiler of Women's Movement Media.


  • 1970-1993

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Cynthia Ellen Harrison 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.


2.92 linear feet ((7 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)

The papers of Cynthia Ellen Harrison contain records of her work as the Credit Task Force chair for the National Organization for Women as well as her credit work with the Northern Virginia and Essex County, New Jersey NOW chapters. Also included are completed questionnaires for a 1979 project jointly sponsored by the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs (NACWEP) and the National Commission on Working Women (NCWW) and completed questionnaires, with some correspondence, for Women's Movement Media, a directory compiled by Harrison (Bowker, 1975). Materials added in 2020 document Harrison's work as a librarian at McMaster University as well as her involvement in the Canadian women's movement, both at McMaster and in the larger community. Folder headings were created by Harrison. Files were arranged alphabetically by the archivist.


Cynthia Ellen Harrison (born 1946) received a BA in American Literature from Brooklyn College (1966), MS in Library Science from Columbia University (1967), and a PhD in American History from Columbia University (1982). She was a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library (1967-1970) and McMaster University Library (1970-1972); research fellow at The Brookings Institute (1979-1982); Deputy Director of Project '87 of the American Historical Association/American Political Science Association (1982-1988); Chief of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center (1988-1994); and Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Public Policy at George Washington University (beginning 1994). The author of several articles on women and public policy, Harrison is also the author of On Account of Sex: The Politics of Women's Issues, 1945 to 1968 (1988), and editor of Women in American History: A Bibliography (1979) and Women's Movement Media: A Source Guide (1975). In the early 1970s, she active with local chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Northern Virginia and Essex County, New Jersey. From 1978 to 1979, she served as chair of NOW's Credit Task Force.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M238, 2019-M204, 2020-M11

These papers of Cynthia Ellen Harrison were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1983, December 2019, and January 2020 by Cynthia Ellen Harrison.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University; see Cynthia Harrison feminist document collection, 1921-2008 (MS1005-UA).

Processing Information

Processed: January 2020

By: Johanna Carll

A preliminary version of this finding aid describing material received in 1983 was created by Katherine Kraft in January 1984.

Harrison, Cynthia Ellen. Papers of Cynthia Ellen Harrison, 1970-1993: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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