Bernard, Shirley, 1923- . Papers of NOW officer Shirley Bernard, 1966-1981: 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
These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Call No.: MC 491
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bernard, Shirley, 1923-
Title: Papers of NOW officer Shirley Bernard, 1966-1981
Quantity: 2.92 linear feet (7 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder, 2 photograph
folders, 1 folio photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of National Organization for Women officer Shirley Bernard, coordinator of
NOW's Western Region.
Accession numbers: 99-M63, 99-M118, 99-M134, 2002-M77, 2002-M88
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Shirley Bernard between 1999 and 2002..
Processed: October 2002
By: Johanna Carll
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women is
no longer required for access to folders #3.3-6.3.
Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Shirley Bernard 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.
Shirley Bernard. Papers of NOW officer Shirley Bernard, 1966-1981; item description,
dates. Collection #, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Shirley Bernard, The Women's Strike: August 26, 1970
Donors: Shirley Bernard
Accession number: 99-M118
Processed by: Johanna Carll
The following items have been removed from the collection:
- 1 reel audio tape of Vietnamese women discussing the women's movement in Vietnam.
Cataloged as T-308.
- Five calendars. Transferred to the Schlesinger Library calendar collection.
- One poster. Transferred to the Schlesinger Library poster collection.
Shirley Bernard, educator, was born in New York City April 11, 1923. She received
her B.A. in speech from Brooklyn College (1959), her master's degree in English from
New York University (1960), and her Ph.D. in women's studies from Union Graduate School
(1975). Beginning in 1962, Bernard taught English and women's studies at Fullerton
College. She was married to and divorced from Sherwood Agress; they have one son,
Bernard is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Faculty
Association of California Community Colleges, the American Association in Junior Community
Colleges, and the National Women's Studies Association. She was a founder of the Fullerton
College Commission for Women's Concerns (1974) and served as president in 1976. She
was a founding member of California Women in Higher Education (1973) and served as
president in 1977. She was a founder of the California chapter of the National Women's
Political Caucus (1973). In the National Organization for Women, she has served as
membership chairman of the Western Region (1967), National Board member (1968-1972),
National Executive Committee member (1970-1972), and Western Regional Director (1970-1972).
The collection is arranged in five series:
- Series I. Writings, Speeches, and Biographical (#1.1-2.6)
- Series II. Correspondence (#2.7-3.2)
- Series III. National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.3-6.3)
- Series IV. Other Organizations and Interests (#6.4-7.2)
- Series V. North Orange County Community College District (#7.3-7.5)
This collection contains mainly correspondence. There are also clippings, brochures,
newsletters, and photographs, as well as drafts, notes, and copies of writings and
speeches by Bernard. The papers are arranged in five series.
Series I, Writings, Speeches, and Biographical (#1.1-2.6), contains clippings about
Bernard and materials relating to her writings and speeches, including drafts, research
materials, and final copies. Among the writings are a draft and correspondence relating
to Bernard's doctoral dissertation on the Women's Strike of August 26, 1970. The final
version is cataloged separately in the library as MC 301. There are transcripts of
Bernard's 1973 interviews with Betty Friedan, Karen DeCrow, Aileen Hernandez, Suzanne
Haney, Charlotte Wolf, Toni Carabillo, and Jo Freeman, concerning their activities
in celebration of the women's strike in 1970. There are several folders of correspondence
and printed material relating to Bernard's speeches.
Series II, Correspondence (#2.7-3.2), contains letters relating to Bernard's work
in the women's movement, excluding her roles in the National Organization for Women.
Series III, National Organization for Women (NOW) (#3.3-6.3), contains correspondence,
including requests for information about NOW (often including explanations of why
the information is sought, as well as biographical details), minutes, membership lists,
newsletters, and chapter charters. Some of the papers relate to her roles at the national
level, but the majority focus on Bernard's role as Western Regional Director.
Series IV, Other Organizations and Interests (#6.4-7.2), includes correspondence,
brochures, mailing lists, and printed material. The brochures are from various organizations
and events Bernard collected, but in which she had no evident role. Materials in this
series are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, North Orange County Community College District (#7.3-7.5), includes correspondence,
clippings, and surveys relating to Fullerton College and Cypress Junior College, where
Bernard taught. The surveys, concerning the needs of students, many of whom were older
women, were designed by Bernard in 1969, and completed by her students.
Most of the papers in this collection were created under the name of Shirley Bernard,
but there are some created under her married name of Shirley Agress.
Folder headings are those of Bernard unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings
and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Bernard, as well
as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW
publications and reports, except those created by Bernard, 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, SPEECHES, AND BIOGRAPHICAL
- 1.1. [Bernard clippings], 1970-1973
- 1.2. Media [Bernard responses to radio editorials on women's liberation], 1970
- 1.3. Bibliography [compiled by Bernard], 1970-1971
- 1.4-1.5. [Bernard Ph.D. dissertation correspondence, includes information on the early years
of NOW], 1973
- 1.6. [Women's strike] August 26 lead-up, 1969-1970.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #7.7.
- 1.7. [Women's strike August 26 materials], 1970
- 1.7-1m. Women's Strike Uppity Women Unite bumper sticker. Rectangular white with red and white
text, "Uppity Women United Remember the 26th"
- 1.8. [Transcripts of interviews with Betty Friedan, Karen DeCrow, Aileen Hernandez, Suzanne
Haney, Charlotte Wolf, Toni Carabillo, and Jo Freeman re: women's strike 1970], 1973
- 1.9-1.10. [Women's liberation clippings, mainly concerning women's strike], 1970
- 1.11. [Photographs and contact sheets] Women's strike and women's liberation demonstrations
against hard-hats and the Playboy Club, 1970.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.12. Bernard, Shirley, The Women's Strike: August 26, 1970 [paper presented at the Berkshire
Conference of Women Historians], June 1981
- 1.13. [Writings and speeches], 1968, 1971, 1973-1975, 1981.
See also #7.6f+.
- 2.1-2.3. [Writings and speeches], n.d.
- 2.4. [Correspondence and printed material from Bernard lectures; lectures not included],
See also #7.6f+.
- 2.5. [Correspondence and printed material from Bernard lectures, lectures not included],
- 2.6. [Correspondence and printed material from Bernard lectures, lectures not included],
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE
- 2.7. [Correspondence], 1969-1970
- 2.8. [Correspondence], 1972
- 3.1. [Correspondence], 1973-1979
- 3.2. [ Emily Card, University of California Irvine], 1971
- Series III. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW)
- 3.3. [NOW correspondence], 1969
- 3.4-3.6. [NOW correspondence], 1970
- 3.7-4.1. [NOW correspondence], 1971 (3 folders)
- 4.2. [NOW correspondence], 1972
- 4.3. [NOW correspondence], 1973
- 4.4. [Correspondence] Ann Scott, 1970
- 4.5. [NOW requests for information], 1968-1969
- 4.6. [NOW requests for information], 1970
- 4.7. [NOW requests for information], 1971
- 4.8. [NOW requests for information], 1972-1973
- 4.9. [NOW membership lists], 1969
- 5.1. [NOW California chapters, includes correspondence, mailing lists, press releases,
uncataloged photograph, etc.], 1969-1970
- 5.2. [NOW California chapters, includes correspondence, mailing lists, press releases,
- 5.3. [NOW] VIP lists [includes correspondence and member information forms], 1969-1970,
- 5.4. [NOW] National Conference, 1971
- 5.5. [NOW Western Region] charters, 1971-1972
- 5.6. [NOW National Board minutes], 1970
- 5.7. [NOW] Region-South [correspondence and statement by Sylvia Roberts], 1970
- 5.8. [NOW] Colorado [correspondence and clippings], 1970-1971
- 5.9. [NOW] Seattle, Washington [correspondence, membership lists, etc.], 1970-1971
- 5.10. [NOW Western Region printed materials by Bernard], 1970-1971
- 5.11. [NOW] Western Conference, 1971
- 5.12. [NOW Western Region] troubles, 1971
- 6.1. [NOW Western Region] chapter officers, 1971-1972
- 6.2. [Bernard NOW president campaign, contains biographical information], 1975
- 6.3. [NOW] chapter lists, n.d.
- Series IV. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERESTS
- 6.5-6.6. [Brochures], 1969-1973.
See also #7.6f+.
- 6.7o. Posters removed from #6.6
- 6.8. [California Conference on the Displaced Homemaker], 1977
- 6.9. [California Women in Higher Education], 1977-1979
- 6.10. Shirley Chisholm [for President], 1971-1972
- 6.12. [Historical Caravan Coalition of Boston; a traveling exhibit created by Ramona Barth
and Alma Lutz], 1970
- 6.13+. Map removed from #6.12
- 6.14. Merchandise for sale [advertisements], 1971-1972
- 6.15. National Association of Manufacturers, Labor Day, 1970
- 7.1. [National Women's Political Caucus], 1972
- 7.2. [Women's movement bibliographies], 1969-1970
- Series V. NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
- 7.3. [Fullerton College], 1966, 1981
- 7.4-7.5. [Cypress Junior College surveys], 1969
- 7.6f+. Items removed from #1.13, #2.4, #6.6, #6.11
- 7.7. Photographs removed from #1.6, 6.11
- 7.8f. Photograph removed from #6.11
Press and politics--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Women college teachers--California
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
California National Organization for Women
Chisholm, Shirley, 1924-2005
Colorado National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women--Employees
National Organization for Women. Seattle Chapter
National Organization for Women. Western Region
North Orange County Community College District
Scott, Ann London, 1929-1975