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OH-39; T-86

Women's Action Organization. Oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization, 1974-1977: 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.: OH-39; T-86
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women's Action Organization
Title: Oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization, 1974-1977
Date(s): 1974-1977
Quantity: 1 Volumes
Quantity: 18 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Tapes and transcripts of interviews focusing on women and their involvement in the beginnings of the women's reform movement in the United States Department of State during the early 1970s, conducted by the Women's Action Organization, formed to address some of the long-standing inequities in the treatment of women in the State Department and its "sister" Foreign Service agencies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 83-M7

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: August 1985
By: Anne Engelhart, Elizabeth O. Shenton

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the oral history interviews of the Women's Action Organization is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Transcripts and tapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Women's Action Organization Oral history interviews, 1974-1977; item description, dates. OH-39 or T-86, folder # or reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

For a related interview with Alison Palmer conducted by Marguerite Cooper King in 1978, see T-173 at the Schlesinger Library.

HISTORY

The Women's Action Organization (WAO) was formed in November 1970 to address some of the long standing inequities in the treatment of women in the State Department and its "sister" Foreign Service agencies: United States Information Agency and the Agency for International Development. For further background on the WAO, see the introduction to the oral history interviews.
Jean Joyce, who in 1970 was senior reports advisor in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and one of the founders of WAO, conceived the idea of interviewing those involved in the formation of WAO. She conducted interviews with ten women and two men and was in turn interviewed by Valerie Kreutzer. The interviews were transcribed by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, which is the repository for related records of the Women's Action Organization.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These interviews focus on the professional lives of the interviewees and their involvement in the beginnings of the women's reform movement in the United States Department of State during the early 1970s. The following inventory includes a list of catalog entries for each interview; these entries indicate the subjects discussed in the interviews.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

African Americans
Audiotapes
Diplomatic and consular service
Discrimination in employment
Equal rights amendments
Interviews
Sex discrimination in employment
Transcripts
United States--Officials and employees
Aaron, David, 1938-
Ad Hoc Committee for the Improvement of the Status of Women in the Foreign Service Agencies
Allport, Mildred
American Association of Foreign Service Women
American Federation of Government Employees
American Foreign Service Association
Baer, Berenice
Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986
Bray, Charles W., 1933-2006
Clark, Joan
Dillon, Dorothy Rita, 1917-2010
Eliot, Theodore L.
Federally Employed Women, Inc.
Gardner, John W. (John William), 1912-2002
Good, Barbara
Harper, Elizabeth
Harrison, Evelyn
Harrop, William C.
Joyce, Jean
King, Marguerite Cooper
Kreutzer, Valerie
Long, Nira
Louchheim, Katie, 1903-1991
Mace, Howard Perry, 1916-1996
Macomber, Phyllis Bernau
Macomber, William B. (William Butts), 1921-2003
Marcy, Mildred Kester, 1913-
McElhiney, Thomas Watkins, 1919-1998
Milam, William B.
Olmsted, Mary S.
Palmer, Alison
Pardon, Carol Caviezel
Pitts, Mildred
Pollard, Frederick D.
Richardson, John, 1921-2014
Rogers, Gladys Pearlson, 1917-1991
Rogers, William P. (William Pierce), 1913-2001
Rossell, Idris
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Salisbury, Diane
Salisbury, William R.
Stansbury, Dorothy
Steinem, Gloria
Thomas, Charles H.
Timberlake, Clare Hayes, 1907-1982
United States. Agency for International Development
United States. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
United States Civil Service Commission
United States. Department of State
United States. Federal Women's Program
United States Information Agency
Williamson, Richard

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