Komisar, Lucy, 1942- . Papers of NOW officer Lucy Komisar, 1969-1982: 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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Call No.: MC 488
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lucy Komisar, 1942-
Title: Papers of NOW officer Lucy Komisar, 1969-1982
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of National Organization for Women officer Lucy Komisar, NOW's Vice President
of Public Relations.
Accession numbers: 79-M298, 79-M302, 79-M303, 89-M72
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lucy Komisar between December 1979 and April 1989.
Processed: October 2002
By: Johanna Carll
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
is no longer required for access to folders #3.1-4.8.
Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Lucy Komisar 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.
Lucy Komisar. Papers of NOW officer Lucy Komisar, 1969-1982; item description, dates.
MC 488, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Lucy Komisar, freelance writer, was born in New York City in 1942. She is the daughter
of David and Frances (Munshin) Komisar. She received her B.A. from City University
of New York in 1964.
Komisar was editor of the Mississippi Free Press (1962-1963), a human resources administrator (1967-1968), press secretary for the
political campaigns of Allard Lowenstein (for United States Representative from New
York, 1968) and Elinor Guggenheimer (for President of City Council of New York, 1969),
and associate producer of WNET-TV (1968-1969). She has been a freelance writer since
1969. She served as Vice President of Public Relations for the National Organization
for Women (NOW), resigning in 1971. Komisar is the author of several books, including
The New Feminism (1972), Down and Out in the USA: A History of Social Welfare (1973),and Corazon Aquino: The Story of a Revolutionary (1987).
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Writings and Related Papers by Komisar (#1.1-2.9)
- Series II. Correspondence (#3.1-3.7)
- Series III. National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.8-4.8)
- Series IV. Other Organizations (#4.9-4.10)
This collection contains mostly drafts of writings and notes by Komisar. There is
also correspondence, newspaper articles, and printed material. The collection is arranged
in four series.
Series I, Writings and Related Papers by LK (#1.1-2.9), contains writings by Komisar,
including drafts and notes from various articles as well as her book, The New Feminism.
Series II, Correspondence (#3.1-3.7), contains correspondence on subjects (including
NOW activities and responses to Komisar's writings) arranged chronologically.
Series III, National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.8-4.8) contains NOW records,
including correspondence, printed material, and clippings documenting NOW's efforts
to have women included in the affirmative action clauses of the Federal Communication
Series IV, Other Organizations (#4.9-4.10), contains one folder concerning the New
Democratic Coalition Women's Rights Committee's endorsement of New York City candidates,
and one folder concerning the 1977 National Women's Conference that includes transcripts
of press conferences with Phyllis Schlafly and Joan Gubbins.
Folder headings are those of Komisar unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings
and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Komisar, as well
as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW
publications and reports, except those created by Komisar, 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.
- Series I. WRITINGS AND RELATED PAPERS BY KOMISAR
- 1.1. [Re: ERA], 1969-1973; contains correspondence with United States Representative Ed
- 1.2. [Re: ERA], 1976-1977
- 1.3. ERA [includes story proposal], 1982
- 1.4. "The New Feminism," 1970.
See also #3.2.
- 1.5-1.6. "The New Feminism" (annotated draft), 1971
- 1.7. [Transcript of Komisar before the United States House Education Subcommittee], June
- 1.8. [Notes for appearance on WNET-TV (New York) show on the recession], 1971
- 1.10. [Children's rights notes], 1976
- 1.11. Family Circle: abortion, 1976
- 1.12. Family Circle: custody, 1976
- 2.1. Family Circle: education, 1976
- 2.2. Family Circle: religious cults, 1976
- 2.3. [Welfare book revisions], 1976
- 2.4. "Are We Losing Control of Our Children?," ca. 1976
- 2.6. "Juvenile Justice," 1978
- 2.7. Comparable jobs, 1980
- 2.8. National Democratic Convention, 1980
- 2.9. "European Feminism and the Left," n.d.
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE
- 3.1. [Correspondence], 1969-1973
- 3.2. Correspondence re: Saturday Review article ["The New Feminism" by Komisar], 1970
- 3.3-3.4. Correspondence, 1970; contains stickers (3.3).
- 3.5. [Socialist Workers Party], 1970-1971, 1977
- 3.6. Correspondence, 1971
- 3.7. International Women's Year, 1977-1978
- SERIES III. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW)
- 3.8. [NOW correspondence], 1969-1971; contains NOW National Conference badges.
- 3.9. NOW press book by Komisar, 1970
- 3.10. [NOW correspondence] child care, 1970-1971
- 3.11-4.2. FCC [correspondence, legal briefs, printed material, clippings, etc.], 1970-1971 (3
- 4.3. [NOW] National actions, 1970-1971
- 4.4. August 26 [correspondence, printed material, etc.], 1970-1972
- 4.5. NOW: New York [correspondence, printed material, etc.], 1970-1972
- 4.6-4.7. ERA: Ann Scott [correspondence, printed material, etc.], 1970-1975
- 4.8. [Ann Scott Memorial Fund, correspondence, donor list, etc.], 1975-1978
- SERIES IV. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
- 4.9. New Democratic Coalition Women's Rights Committee [correspondence, printed material,
- 4.10. [National Women's Conference: contains transcripts of press conference with Phyllis
Schlafly and Joan Gubbins], November 1977
Equal rights amendments--United States
International Women's Year, 1975
National Women's Conference
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Women journalists--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women--Employees
New Democratic Coalition (U.S.)
Scott, Ann London, 1929-1975
Socialist Workers Party
United States. Federal Communications Commission