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Kolb, Frances Arick. Audiotape collection of Frances Arick Kolb, 1970-1981: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 1979-1981
Quantity: 30 audiocassettes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiocassettes of interviews with former NOW officers and members concerning history of NOW.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 91-M96
These audiocassettes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Alfred Kolb, husband of Frances Kolb in June 1991.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2003
By: Joanne Donovan


Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Frances Arick Kolb Audiotape collection, 1979-1981; item description, dates. T-312, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

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 or T-301.

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Additional Index Terms

Feminism -- United States
Feminists--United States
Office politics--United States
Oral histories
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