Osterud, Nancy Grey, 1948- . Papers of Nancy Grey Osterud, 1969-1975: 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
Call No.: 83-M121--85-M197
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Nancy Grey Osterud, 1948-
Title: Papers of Nancy Grey Osterud, 1969-1975
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 1 folio folder+)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Pamphlets, newsletters, minutes, etc., of Nancy Grey Osterud, feminist activist.
Accession numbers: 83-M121, 85-M197
Most of these papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Nancy Grey Osterud in May 1983.
Preliminary inventory: March 1989
By: Jane S. Knowles
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Nancy Grey Osterud 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.
Nancy Grey Osterud Papers, 1969-1975; item description, dates. 83-M121--85-M197, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The following item has been removed from the collection and transferred to the library's
book division in September 1985:
- Nancy Grey Osterud's honors thesis (see #16)
Nancy Grey Osterud was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 15, 1948, the daughter
of Kenneth Leland and Dorothy Wellington Osterud; she graduated from Radcliffe College
in 1971. She was a member of the Boston women's collective Bread and Roses, Harvard-Radcliffe
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and the November Action Coalition, which
protested on campus against United States action in Vietnam. She spent the summer
of 1970 in Seattle, organizing the Anna Louise Strong Brigade (a federation of women's
groups) and a regional women's conference in Eugene, Oregon. In 1972-1973 she visited
Berkeley, California, and participated in the formation of the Bay Area Women's Union.
In 1974 she was involved in the New American Movement and in 1975, while attending
graduate school at Brown University, was active in the Socialist Feminist Caucus of
Women of Brown United.
The collection consists of position statements, pamphlets, notes, speeches, and poems
by members of Bread and Roses, containing socialist feminist critiques of women's
oppression and agendas for social change. Goals of the movement included legalized
abortion, day care, self defense, non-sexist health care, liberation from inequality
in the work place and in the family - in sum, a structural transformation of society.
Also included are notes about the sit-in at Harvard's Center for International Affairs
(temporarily restricted) and materials about anti-Vietnam war protests: the November
Action Coalition, 1969, and the National Student Strike Rally, May 1970. There are
declarations of women's solidarity with the oppressed and victimized people of the
Third World, and denunciations of sexism within Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS). Also included are Nancy Grey Osterud's study materials, articles, and leaflets
concerning the women's liberation movement in Seattle, Berkeley, Minneapolis, and
Providence, and her Harvard honors thesis. The papers have been arranged chronologically
using information from Osterud's annotated and dated list of materials. Osterud's
reference numbers have been added to each item to facilitate retrieval.
- 1. Nancy Grey Osterud's annotated and dated list of items in the collection.
- 2. Materials collected in Boston and Cambridge, 1969-1971. Meredith Tax's article re:
Anais Nin, from Old Mole, Spring 1969
- 3. Materials collected in Boston and Cambridge, 1969-1971. Meredith Tax, "Woman and Her
Mind: The Story of Everyday Life," discussion paper for Bread and Roses, Nov 1969
- 4. Materials collected in Boston and Cambridge, 1969-1971. November 1969: articles by
Linda Gordon, Fran Ansley, Jean Tepperman, Meredith Tax, and Cynthia Michel re: women's
role in the November Action Coalition, sexism in SDS, antipathy between the two movements,
- 5. Materials collected in Boston and Cambridge, 1969-1971. Spring 1970: articles and
clippings re: anti-war anti-imperialist rallies, May 1-7, National Student Strike
Rally, May 8, and Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Caucus Spring Strike; poems by Jean Tepperman
and Marge Piercy; Bread and Roses leaflets; typescript articles for Harvard Crimson issue on women.
- 6. Materials collected in Boston and Cambridge, 1969-1971. Summer-Fall 1970: drafts by
Meredith Tax et al. for Working Women's Conference; articles and notes by Fran Ansley,
Sarah Eisenstein, Nancy Hawley, and Marya Levenson for Bread and Roses.
- 8f+. Articles re: women's liberation from Rat no year, Red Pencil no year, The Mole, 1968, and Old Mole, 1969-1970.
- 9. Materials collected in Seattle, 1969-1970. Documents and articles re: formation of
Anna Louise Strong Brigade and other women's liberation groups, 1970
- 10. Materials collected in Seattle, 1969-1970. Nancy Grey Osterud's notes and reading
material on Marxism and feminism
- 11. Materials collected in Seattle, 1969-1970. Draft papers by Nancy Grey Osterud: "Woman,
Capitalism, and the Family" and "An Open Letter to Men's Groups." 1971
- 12. New American Movement: convention program and pamphlet, Minneapolis, 1971
- 13. Socialist feminist statements, Bay Area Women's Union, Berkeley, California, 1972-1973,
- 14. Socialist Feminist Caucus of Women of Brown United, Spring 1975; includes photograph.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 15. Miscellaneous printed, 1974, n.d.
- 16. Nancy Grey Osterud's Harvard honors thesis, "Sarah Josepha Hale: A Study in the History
of Women in the 19th Century," 1971
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Women and socialism
Anna Louise Strong Brigade
Bay Area Women's Union
Bread and Roses
Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879
Harvard University--Societies, etc.
New American Movement (Organization)
November Action Coalition
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College--Societies, etc.
Socialist Feminist Caucus of Women of Brown United
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) Harvard-Radcliffe Chapter