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MC 490

Seidenberg, Faith. Papers of NOW officer Faith Seidenberg, 1969-1977: 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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These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 490
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Faith Seidenberg
Title: Papers of NOW officer Faith Seidenberg, 1969-1977
Date(s): 1969-1977
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of National Organization for Women officer Faith Seidenberg, NOW's Legal Vice President.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 81-M167, 81-M225, 82-M211
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Faith Seidenberg between June 1981 and October 1982.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 2002
By: Johanna Carll


Access. Unrestricted.
As of December 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.2-3.9.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Faith Seidenberg 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:

Faith Seidenberg. Papers of NOW officer Faith Seidenberg, 1969/1977; item description, dates. MC 490, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Faith A. Seidenberg, lawyer and former Legal Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was born ca.1924. She is married to Robert Seidenberg; they have three children. Seidenberg graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1954. She was legal counsel for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from 1965-1966, director of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as NOW's legal counsel.
In addition to being partner in the Syracuse law firm of Seidenberg and Strunk, Seidenberg has provided legal counsel in numerous civil liberties cases. In 1970, she successfully defended women's right to enter bars in New York in Seidenberg v. McSorley's. She was one of three lawyers who brought suit requiring the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to outlaw male and female job listings in newspapers.


The collection is arranged in four series:


This collection contains mostly correspondence, along with writings by Seidenberg, legal brieSeidenberg, clippings, and printed material. The collection is divided into four series.
Series I, Personal (#1.1-1.3), contains correspondence, writings by Seidenberg, and clippings about Seidenberg.
Series II, National Organization for Women Correspondence #1.4-2.8), contains administrative correspondence, such as requests for information, as well as correspondence relating to various cases Seidenberg defended or brought on NOW's behalf, and requests for Seidenberg's legal advice. Readers must sign a special permission form.
Series III, Seidenberg Legal Cases (#2.9-3.9), contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, and printed materials relating to the case NOW v. Syracuse University, in which NOW accused Syracuse University of sex discrimination. There is also one folder concerning a New York Civil Liberties Union case, Naprstek et al. v. The City of Norwich et al., in which Seidenberg challenged the city's youth curfew.
Series IV, Photographs (#3.10), contains four photographs of Seidenberg: one portrait, one of Seidenberg with Karen DeCrow, and two of a Syracuse NOW meeting attended by Seidenberg and Betty Friedan.
Folder headings are those of Seidenberg unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Seidenberg, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Seidenberg, 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.

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Additional Index Terms

Feminism--United States
Feminists--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Sex discrimination in higher education--United States
Women lawyers--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
Friedan, Betty
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women--Employees
New York Civil Liberties Union
Syracuse University--Trials, litigation, etc.