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91-M132--93-M19; T-275; Vt-89

Scott, Ann, 1929-1975. Papers of Ann Scott, 1932?-1976: 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.: 91-M132--93-M19; T-275; Vt-89
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ann Scott, 1929-1975
Title: Papers of Ann Scott, 1932?-1976
Date(s): 1932?-1976
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 cartons) plus 5 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 6 audiotapes, 1 videotape)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, financial records, etc., of Ann London Scott, vice-president for legislation of the National Organization for Women and a founder of the Buffalo, N.Y., chapter of NOW

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 91-M132, 91-M156, 93-M1
These papers of Ann (London) Scott were given to the Schlesinger Library in August and September 1991 and January 1993 by her widower, Thomas J. Scott.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: May 1997
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted except that an appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright in the papers created by Ann Scott 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:

Ann Scott Papers, 1932?-1976; item description, dates. 91-M132--93-M19, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Professor, poet, author, and women's rights activist Ann (London) Scott was born in Seattle, Washington, on July 29, 1929, the daughter of Claire C. and Dan London. Her father was later manager and senior vice-president of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Educated at the Dominican Convent in San Rafael, Calif., Scott attended Stanford University and graduated in English from the University of Washington in Seattle (B.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1970). While in Seattle, Scott was an editor of Poetry Northwest. Married first to Paul Tufts and divorced in 1954, she then married Gerd Stern. They had one son, Jared Daniel, and were divorced in 1962.
From 1965 to 1972 Scott taught English literature and composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her poems were published in Choice, Sage, Modern Poetry Studies, and other magazines. In 1965 she married Thomas J. Scott, later dean of the graduate division of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
One of the founders of the Buffalo chapter of the National Organization for Women (1969), Scott was elected to NOW's national board at its first national convention, held in Chicago in 1970. In 1971 she became vice-president for legislation and was responsible for much of the lobbying aimed at ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She was the author of "The Half-Eaten Apple," a 1970 report on sex discrimination at the University of Buffalo and at universities in general; "Business and Industry Discrimination Kit" (1971, with Lucy Komisar), and "And Justice for All," a pamphlet criticizing the lack of enforcement of federal antidiscrimination laws. Beginning in 1972 she devoted herself to NOW and to Common Cause, serving on both boards of directors, and to the American Association for Higher Education, where she was associate director. Scott died of cancer in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 17, 1975.


The collection is arranged in three series:


Series I, Personal papers (#1-55), includes photographs of Scott, family, and others; biographical documents and clippings; correspondence (primarily 1956-1969 and in the early 1970s concerning her illness); tax returns and business correspondence, 1971-1976; and correspondence and other papers concerning her memorial service and memorial fund.
Series II, NOW and other organizations (#56-93), documents Scott's participation through correspondence, reports, etc., especially concerning sex discrimination at colleges and universities, 1969-1974; photographs; speeches and articles by her, including a videotape and audiotapes of interviews; and the typescript and published versions of "The Half-Eaten Apple," 1970. There is only one folder of papers, etc., documenting her involvement with the American Association for Higher Education, Common Cause, etc.
Series III, Writings (#94-120), includes papers by Scott, most from graduate school; a portion of her dissertation; published poems; drafts of poems and prose; diary excerpts intended for use in a novel; a film script; and audiotapes of poetry readings, one including Scott, Stanley Kunitz, and Carolyn Kizer.


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Additional Index Terms

Cancer--Patients--United States
College teachers
College teachers--United States
Divorce--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Fathers and daughters--United States
Feminists--United States
Love-letters--United States
Marriage--United States
Poets--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Sex discrimination in higher education--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
Bly, Robert
Connor, Tony
Fortas, Abe
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991
Heilman, Robert Bechtold, 1906-2004
Jones, Frank
Kizer, Carolyn
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006
Logan, John, 1923-1987
Mailer, Norman
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women. Buffalo Chapter
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
Sund, Robert, 1929-2001
Tarn, Nathaniel