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MC 363

Chester, Ronald, 1944- . Oral history transcripts relating to Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in Changing America, 1981-1982: 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

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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 84-M226
These interview transcripts were given to the Schlesinger Library in December 1984 by C. Ronald Chester.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1985
By: Anne Engelhart, Eva Schlesinger

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. The actual names of interviewees in #14-28 may not be revealed in any manner.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the oral history transcripts relating to Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in Changing America is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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:

Ronald Chester Oral history transcripts relating to Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in Changing America, 1981-1982; item description, dates. MC 363, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

Law schools
Law--Study and teaching
Lawyers
Oral histories
Sex discrimination against women
Transcripts
Women law students
Women lawyers
Andelman, Evelyn B.
Andes, Lucy Lea
Boston University. School of Law
Chadwick, Mary L.
Chicago-Kent Law School
Cobb, Mavis
Denny, Elizabeth Salisbury
Dvorak, Liberty R.
Gallagher, Nadine
George Washington University. Law School
Hirsch, Anna
Johnson, Edith Renier
Jones, Leona Bromwell
Kelley, Olive
Lawrence, Helene
Lippitz, Blanche Aronin
Lloyd, Jacqueline
O'Hare, Grace Minton
Parks, Bernice
Portia Law School
Pryse, Maude Rollins
Rawalt, Marguerite, 1895-1989
Saven, Sima Z.
Shallna, Susanne Puishea
Shapiro, Gladys
Shaughnessy, Margaret M.
Slavitt, Charlotte
Soper, Marjorie L.
Todd, Emma Foley
Wallace, Sara
Washington College of Law
Yasuna, Mildred

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