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MC 482

Spalding, Elizabeth Coxe. Papers of NOW officer Elizabeth Coxe Spalding, 1970-1977: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 482
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Coxe Spalding
Title: Papers of NOW officer Elizabeth Coxe Spalding, 1970-1977
Date(s): 1970-1977
Quantity: 2.71 linear feet (6+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of National Organization for Women officer Elizabeth Coxe Spalding, coordinator of the Task Force on Marriage, Family Relations, and Divorce.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 79-M239
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Coxe Spalding in October 1979.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 2002
By: Johanna Carll

TERMS OF USE:

Access. Unrestricted except that folder #7.7 is closed until January 1, 2050.
As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #2.1-6.33.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Elizabeth Coxe Spalding while an officer of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is held by NOW. 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.

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth Coxe Spalding. Papers of NOW officer Elizabeth Coxe Spalding, 1970-1977; item description, dates. MC 482, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Coxe Spalding, head of the National Organization for Women's Task Force on Marriage, Family Relations, and Divorce (1973-1976), was born ca. 1921. She was a member of Connecticut's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, chairing their Committee on Question #1, the equal protection amendment to the state constitution in 1974. She served several terms as Representative from the 11th district of the Representative Town Meeting, where she was chairperson of the Health Committee, and also served on the Homemaker's Committee of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. She was president of the NOW chapter in Hartford, Connecticut. She was married to (and later divorced from) Charles Spalding; they had six children. Spalding died in October 2001.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in number series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection contains writings and speeches by ES, correspondence, and printed material; there is no biographical or personal information. It is divided into three series:
Series I, Writings by Spalding (#1.1-1.22), contains transcripts of speeches, reports, and articles concerning the status of women, particularly in relation to marriage and divorce laws and child support. They are arranged chronologically.
Series II, NOW Task Force on Marriage, Family Relations, and Divorce (#2.1-6.33), is divided into four sub-series.
Subseries A, Correspondence, contains letters to and from Spalding concerning her work as coordinator of the task force. There are also several requests for information on and assistance in obtaining divorces and child support.
Subseries B, Materials Created by the Task Force and National NOW, includes printed materials, reports, resolutions, by-laws, mailing lists, and meeting kits. The meeting kits contain task force material contained within NOW meeting kits.
Subseries C, Annotated Research Materials, is arranged by topic: child support (including IV-D, the section of the social security law that allows children to collect parents' social security), marriage and divorce, and the status of women. Papers include articles, correspondence, and printed materials.
Subseries D, Clippings, contains clippings that mention the task force's activities.
Series III, Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (#7.1-7.14), contains printed material and correspondence, mostly relating to divorce and child support cases in Connecticut.
Folder headings are those of Spalding unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Spalding, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Spalding, were transferred to the NOW records in the Schlesinger Library. Non-NOW printed material produced by mainstream organizations and publications was discarded; leaflets and other ephemera of small, transient organizations were retained.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Divorced women--United States
Feminism--United States
Feminists--United States
International Women's Year, 1975
Married women--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
Berry, Betty Blaisdell
Connecticut. Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Grasso, Ella
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women. Task Force on Marriage, Family Relations, and Divorce
National Organization for Women--Employees
NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund

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