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Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 363
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ronald Chester, 1944-
Title: Oral history transcripts relating to Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in Changing America, 1981-1982
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Transcripts, correspondence, printed articles, etc., of Charles Ronald Chester, director of an oral history project on the history of women's access to legal professions.
In 1981-1982, Charles Ronald Chester directed an oral history project, funded by The New England School of Law and a Radcliffe Research Support grant, on the history of women's access to legal professions. Assisted by Laurie Applefeld and Ann E. Rascati, Chester and his staff interviewed women who had earned law degrees between 1920 and 1940 from Portia Law School (Boston; later New England School of Law), Boston University Law School, George Washington University Law School, American University Law School, and Chicago-Kent Law School. For more information, see Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in Changing America (South Hadley, Mass.: Bergin and Garvey, 1985), the book that resulted from the project.
This collection contains transcripts (26 originals and one photocopy), each describing the interviewee's family background, schooling, the origin of her interest in the law, and the relationship between her work and family. The first folder contains correspondence and printed articles about law schools and law students.The transcripts are filed in two alphabetical sequences. Those in the first sequence (Denny-Wallace) may be used for research without restriction. Those in the second sequence (Andelman-Yaguna) may be used for research, but actual names may not be used in any way, and the identities of the interviewees may not be revealed in any manner.
- Box 1: 1-16
- Box 2: 17-28