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84-M145; T-163

Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment. Additional records of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment, 1976-1982: 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.: 84-M145; T-163
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment
Title: Additional records of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment, 1976-1982
Date(s): 1976-1982
Quantity: 1.42 linear feet (1 file box, 2 card file boxes) plus 11 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the records (77-M104) of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 84-M145
These addenda to the records of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts ERA were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1984 by Karen Hudner of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: March 1985
By: Elizabeth Wang

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment as well as 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:

Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment Additional records, 1976-1982; item description, dates. 84-M145, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment records, 1975-1976 (77-M104--77-M196)..

HISTORY

Following the passage of the Massachusetts state Equal Rights Amendment in November 1976, the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts ERA of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (CLUM) reformed as the ERA Implementation Project to oversee the orderly implementation of the ERA. The project lobbied to pass Senate Bill 1500, a package containing 160 separate pieces of legislation that would reconcile existing laws with the ERA. The Women's Rights Project was begun by Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts in January 1977 to litigate in areas in which legislative amendment had failed.
As an offshoot of the Implementation Project, a coalition of women's and civic groups, including the National Organization for Women and the League of Women Voters, was formed in early 1977.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection contains the reports liquidating the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts ERA, financial (including fund-raising) statements, letters and endorsements from supporters, press releases, legislative surveys, and card files of project contacts, volunteers and supporters.
Folder headings are the donor's.

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Audiotapes
Constitutional law--Massachusetts--Amendments
Constitutions--Massachusetts--Amendments
Equal rights amendments--Massachusetts
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--Massachusetts
Women's rights--Massachusetts
Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Connor, Ann
Frank, Barney, 1940-
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Mahoney, Margaret
Peatie, Barbara
Reinstein, Martha
Schlafly, Phyllis
Women's Rights Project

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