Kolb, Frances Arick. Audiotape collection of Frances Arick Kolb, 1970-1981: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: T-312
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Frances Arick Kolb, interviewer
Title: Audiotape collection of Frances Arick Kolb, 1979-1981
Quantity: 30 audiocassettes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiocassettes of interviews with former NOW officers and members concerning history
Accession number: 91-M96
These audiocassettes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Alfred Kolb, husband of Frances Kolb in June 1991.
Processed: February 2003
By: Joanne Donovan
Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Frances Arick Kolb has transferred her copyright in the tapes to the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright of the interviewee
is held by the interviewee, or the interviewee's heirs or assigns. Researchers must
obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the director of the
Schlesinger Library before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.
Copying. Tapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Frances Arick Kolb Audiotape collection, 1979-1981; item description, dates. T-312,
folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; Papers of Frances Arick Kolb,
1955-1990 (inclusive), 1972-1990 (bulk) (MC 481
Frances (Arick) Kolb, an educational consultant and historian, was born in 1937 in
Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended Brandeis University from 1954 to 1956 before
receiving her B.A. in history and secondary education from Washington University (1958),
her master's degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania (1959),
and her Ph.D. in history from Washington University (1972). She was married to and
divorced from Zivon Cohen. She later married Alfred Kolb; they had a daughter, Sharon.
Kolb was an instructor in continuing education at Pennsylvania State University (1971-1973),
an instructor in American history at the University of Pittsburgh (1973), assistant
professor in the department of history at Montclair (New Jersey) State College (1973-1975),
adjunct instructor in women's studies at City College, City University of New York
(1974-1795), curriculum coordinator for the Training Institute for Sex Desegregation
at Douglass College of Rutgers University (1975-1979), a training specialist for Project
Inter-Action (1980-1981), and assistant director of The Network in Andover, Massachusetts
(1982-?). In addition, Kolb was a member of the Panel on Teaching Women's History
at the American Historical Association's national conference (1975), chair of the
Panel on Funding Women's Studies for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
meeting at Bryn Mawr (June 1975), served on the planning committee of the Bicentennial
Celebration on Women at Douglass College (March-April 1976), was a consultant and
trainer for the Educational Improvement Center South of the New Jersey Department
of Education (June-July 1978), and consultant and trainer for the New England Educational
Equity Center (1979-1980).
Her positions within the National Organization for Women included founding member
and member of the Board of Directors of the South Hills NOW Day Nursery School (1972-1973),
Eastern Regional Director (1973-1975), and National Board member (1975-1977), where
she served as NOW archivist. She was also on the Rules Committee of the 1975 and 1976
national conferences, was a member of the Budget Committee of the National Board,
Finance Coordinator of the NOW Freedom Train (1976), chair of the NOW Arrangements
Committee for the International Women's Year Conference (1977), and chair of the Economic
Sanctions Committee of the ERA Strike Force (1977-1979).
Kolb died of breast cancer January 12, 1991.
This collection is a series of interviews conducted by Frances Kolb with past National
Organization for Women (NOW) officers and members, regarding the formation of NOW
and their roles in the organization. Kolb conducted the interviews in preparation
for a book on the history of NOW. Tapes remain in order as originally received and
described by Kolb in her notes (see MC 481, #6.9-6.13). The interviews with Wilma
Scott Heide, (#21at-22at), and Karen DeCrow, (#27at-29at) subsequently became part
of the Tully Crenshaw Feminist Oral History project (T-301). The DeDrow interview
is administered as part of T-301; the Heide interview may be requested as either T-312
- 1at. Side 1: Betty Spalding. 45 minutes. Side 2: Gene Boyer. 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 1.
- 2at. Side 1: Gene Boyer. 17 minutes. Catherine East. 30 minutes. Side 2: Catherine East.
10 minutes. Mary Lynn Myers. 35 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 2.
- 3at. Side 1: Mary Lynn Myers. 15 minutes. Anne Pride. 20 minutes. Muriel Fox. 9 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 3.
- 4at. Side 1: Muriel Fox. 30 minutes. Side 2: Kathy Bonk. 25 minutes. Connie Gilbert Neiss.
- 5at. Side 1 & 2: Judith Lonnquist. 70 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 5.
- 7at. Side 1 & 2: Jeane Bendorf. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 7.
- 8at. Side 1 & 2: Jo-Ann Gardner. 90 minutes. (Sound quality poor)
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 8.
- 9at. Side 1: Jo-Ann Gardner. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 9.
- 10at. Side 1: Jean Witter and Gerry Gardner. November 19, 1979. 35 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 10.
- 11at. Side 1 & 2: Jean Witter. November 16, 1979. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 11.
- 12at. Side 1: Jean Faust. December 8, 1979. 40 minutes. Side 2: Noreen Connell. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 12.
- 13at. Side 1 & 2: Dolores Alexander. December 6, 1979. 60 minutes. Side 2: Lois Reckitt.
December 7, 1979. 20 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 13.
- 14at. Side 1: Joan Goldstein. 40 minutes. Side 2: Carol Desaram. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 14.
- 15at. Side 1: Carol Desaram. 35 minutes. Side 2: Lucy Komisar. 20 minutes. Patricia Trainor.
- 16at. Side 1: Patricia Trainor. 45 minutes. Side 2: Whitney Adams and Nancy Stanley. 45
- 17at. Side 1 & 2: Flora Crater. March 1980. 50 minutes. Side 2: Mary Eastwood. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 17.
- 18at. Side 1: Mary Eastwood . 7 minutes. Side 2: Georgia Fuller. 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 18.
- 19at. Side 1: Georgia Fuller. 15 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 19.
- 20at. Side 1: Sheila Feiger. 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 20.
- 21at. Side 1 & 2: Wilma Scott Heide. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reels 21-22.
- 22at. Side 1: Wilma Scott Heide. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 22.
- 23at. Side 1 & 2: Aleta Styers. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 23.
- 24at. Side 1 & 2: Lynne Darcy. Dec. 1980. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 24.
- 25at. Side 1: Betty Berry. 35 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 25.
- 26at. Side 1: Faith Seidenberg. Side 2: Annis Pratt. (Sound quality poor)
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 26.
- 30at. Side 1 & 2: Kathryn Clarenbach. March 16, 1981. 80 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 30.
- 31at. Side 1: Shirley Bernard.
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 31.
- 32at. Side 1: Marguerite Rawalt. Oct. 11, 1981. 10 minutes audible. (Sound quality poor)
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 32.
- 33at. Side 1: Nan Wood. (Sound quality poor)
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 33.
- 34at. Side 1: Jo-Ann Gardner. Side 2: Dickey. (Sound quality poor)
REQUEST AS T-312, reel 34.
Feminism -- United States
Office politics--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Women's rights--United States
Adams, Whitney, interviewee
Alexander, Dolores, interviewee
Bendorf, Jeane, interviewee
Bernard, Shirley, 1923- interviewee
Berry, Betty Blaisdell, interviewee
Bonk, Kathy, 1953- interviewee
Boyer, Gene, interviewee
Clarenbach, Kathryn F., interviewee
Connell, Noreen, interviewee
Crater, Flora, interviewee
Darcy, Lynne, interviewee
DeCrow, Karen, interviewee
Desaram, Carol, interviewee
East, Catherine Shipe, 1916-1996, interviewee
Eastwood, Mary O., 1930- interviewee
Faust, Jean, interviewee
Feiger, Sheila, interviewee
Fox, Muriel, 1928- interviewee
Fuller, Georgia, interviewee
Gardner, Jo-Ann Evans, interviewee
Goldstein, Joan, interviewee
Heide, Wilma Scott, 1921-1985, interviewee
Komisar, Lucy, 1942- interviewee
Lonnquist, Judith, interviewee
Myers, Mary Lynn, interviewee
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women--Employees
Neiss, Connie Gilbert, interviewee
Pratt, Annis, interviewee
Pride, Anne, interviewee
Rawalt, Marguerite, 1895-1989, interviewee
Reckitt, Lois, interviewee
Seidenberg, Faith, interviewee
Spalding, Elizabeth Coxe, interviewee
Stanley, Nancy, interviewee
Styers, Aleta, interviewee
Trainor, Patricia, interviewee
Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project
Witter, Jean, interviewee
Wood, Nan Elizabeth, 1942- interviewee