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MC 430

Gold, Patricia, 1935- . Papers of Patricia Gold, 1964-1990: 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

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 430
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Patricia Gold, 1935-
Title: Papers of Patricia Gold, 1964-1990
Date(s): 1964-1990
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 audiocassette)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, research papers, clippings, etc., of Patricia Gold, feminist and nurse.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 90-M205
The papers of Patricia Gold were given to the Schlesinger Library by Patricia Gold in December 1990, and were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1995
By: Rich Taylor, Jacalyn R. Blume

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Patricia Gold 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:

Patricia Gold Papers, 1964-1990; item description, dates. MC 430, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Patricia Gold was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1935, and grew up in a Jewish household in Queens, where she was active in the youth chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She moved to Watertown, Massachusetts, at the age of 30, is married to Burton Greenberg, and works as a nurse at the Emerson Convalescent Home in Watertown.
In the 1960s, she was inspired by The Feminine Mystique to join the women's movement. She has challenged dress codes and "men only" restrictions in exclusive restaurants, served on the Health Task Force of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, worked on the state Equal Rights Amendment campaign, and helped write a chapter for the first draft of the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. Gold has been involved in many protests, teach-ins, and birth control campaigns, and was a charter member of the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She is also a member of the Older Women's League and the National Women's Health Network.


Through personal correspondence, minutes and organizational records, research papers, news releases, clippings, speeches, newsletters, pamphlets, and flyers, this collection documents the women's movement in eastern Massachusetts during the 1970s and early 1980s, and Patricia Gold's involvement in it. The collection documents the formation of many committees, the founding of the Boston chapter of NOW (first known as the Eastern Massachusetts chapter), anti-war protests, abortion teach-ins, and the presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, and includes chapters from the first draft of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and writings on feminism and Judaism.
The folders are arranged in chronological order by subject, then chronologically within each topic. When possible, the folder titles provided by the donor have been retained. Folder headings not in brackets [ ] are those of the donor.


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Additional Index Terms

Abortion--Government policy--United States
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects
Abortion--Religious aspects
Abortion, Therapeutic--Massachusetts
Annual Conference on Women and the Law (3rd : 1978 : Boston, Mass.)
Annual Conference on Women and the Law (4th : 1979 : Boston, Mass.)
Bills, Legislative--Massachusetts
Birth control--Law and legislation--Massachusetts
Civil rights demonstrations--Massachusetts
Equal rights amendments--Massachusetts
Jewish women--Massachusetts
Joint Conference on Women's Health (1973 : Boston, Mass.)
National Conference on Women and the Law (13th : 1982 : Detroit, Mich.)
Our bodies, ourselves
Presidential candidates--United States
Pro-choice movement--Massachusetts
Sexism in religion
Women and peace
Women and socialism--United States
Women in Judaism
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women political activists--Massachusetts
Women's health services--Massachusetts
Women's rights--Massachusetts
Chisholm, Shirley, 1924-2005
Female Liberation
Massachusetts. Governor's Commission on the Status of Women
Massachusetts Medical Society. Meeting (189th : 1970 : Boston, Mass.)
Massachusetts Organization to Repeal Abortion Laws
Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women. Boston Chapter
New England Women's Coalition
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Socialist Workers Party
Women's National Abortion Coalition, Conference, (1971 : New York, N.Y.)
Women's National Abortion Coalition
Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.)