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MC 612; CD-40; T-361; Vt-167

Fuentes, Sonia Pressman. Papers of Sonia Pressman Fuentes, ca.1929-2009 (inclusive), 1955-2009 (bulk): 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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 612; CD-40; T-361; Vt-167
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Title: Papers of Sonia Pressman Fuentes, ca.1929-2009 (inclusive), 1955-2009 (bulk)
Date(s): 1929-2009
Date(s): 1955-2009
Quantity: 4.16 linear feet (10 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 10 audiocassettes, 2 compact discs, 9 videotapes, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, transcripts of speeches and other writings, articles and clippings, and notes of attorney, women's rights activist, writer, and public speaker, Sonia Pressman Fuentes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 87-M41, 88-M154, 89-M42, 89-M70, 90-M169, 92-M109, 96-M69, 98-M102, 2006-M110, 2006-M113, 2006-M138, 2007-M126, 2008-M31, 2009-M128
The papers of Sonia Pressman Fuentes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sonia Pressman Fuentes between 1987 and 2009.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 2009
By: Laura Peimer

Access Restrictions:

Access. The papers are open to researchers, with the following exceptions: edited and unedited versions of her diary (#3.3 - 4.2) and an unedited interview (#6.11 - 6.13) are closed until January 1, 2025. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Sonia Pressman Fuentes retains copyright to all published and unpublished materials written by her in the papers during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright to all materials will descend in accordance with her will. 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:

Sonia Pressman Fuentes Papers, ca.1929-2009; item description, dates. MC 612, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Donors: Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Accession numbers: 87-M41--2009-M128
Processed by: Laura Peimer
The following items have been removed from the collection and added to the Schlesinger Library printed materials collection:
The following periodical was transferred to Harvard University, Widener Library, Judaica Division:





The collection is arranged in four series:


The papers of Sonia Pressman Fuentes contain correspondence, transcripts of speeches and other writings, a typescript of a diary of her experiences at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, notes, articles, and clippings. Much of the material retains its original groupings within folders. Where possible, these original folder titles have been maintained and appear in quotation marks.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, ca.1929, 1948-2009 (#1.1-2.10, E.1-E.2), contains early material relating to Fuentes' college and law school experience; articles and clippings about her career as a law student at the University of Miami and relating to her women's rights activities and memoirs; copies of autobiographical writings; book reviews of her memoirs; announcements and supporting material relating to awards; and correspondence relating to the Midday Club, a professional club based in Stamford, Connecticut, for women in leadership positions. In addition, Fuentes' web site, which includes photographs and other writings, will be captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection Service (WAX). A PDF version of the 2007 web site, as well as searchable archived versions of the web site starting in 2010, are now available through this finding aid (#E.1-E.2).
Articles and clippings filed in other series may also contain personal and biographical details. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, PROFESSIONAL, 1959-1998 (#2.11-7.10), contains articles and clippings, correspondence and memos, notes, and other records which cover her professional career as an attorney in the federal government and for private corporations. Because many of these professional activities overlap with her work in women's rights, there may be some overlap with papers in Series I.
Subseries A, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1960s-1998, n.d. (#2.11-7.6), contains correspondence, articles and clippings, and other materials created during Fuentes' tenure at the EEOC, including drafts, notes, research materials, and correspondence relating to a book Fuentes was writing about the issues faced by the Commission during its early years. The book was never completed. Included, as well, is an edited version of an interview of Fuentes conducted by Sylvia Danovitch, assistant to the chairman of the EEOC, on December 27, 1990. This interview was done in connection with the Commission's 25th anniversary, but never used for that purpose. Edited and unedited copies of a diary that Fuentes kept during her first six months at the EEOC, starting October 4, 1965, will be made available to researchers on January 1, 2025. The diary transcript (#3.7) originally included three computer disks, which have been removed and will be reviewed at a future date. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, Other professional, 1959-1991 (#7.7-7.10), contains correspondence and articles relating to Fuentes' work at General Telephone Electronics Service Corporation, TRW, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The subseries is arranged chronologically in the order in which she held the positions.
Series III, SPEECHES AND RELATED, 1963-2009, n.d. (#7.11-10.27), contains transcripts of Fuentes' speeches relating to her work, women's rights, and her personal history. Also included are other writings, such as reports from her attendance at the International Conference on Women's Health in China, testimony on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, and reports written for the United States Information Agency. Files may contain related clippings, correspondence, publicity, and published versions of the talks, as indicated in the folder titles. Articles and clippings filed elsewhere throughout the collection may include other possible published versions. Some speeches she presented more than once, often with slight edits to the text. Also included is a transcript of an introduction of Fuentes by Anita Willens (#10.1). The series is arranged chronologically, and alphabetically within each year.
Series IV, AUDIOVISUAL AND OVERSIZE, 1956-2008, n.d. (#CD-40.1-2, T-361.2-11, Vt-167.1-6, FD.1, F+D.1), includes compact discs (CD-40), audiocassettes (T-361), and videotapes (Vt-167) of Fuentes' presentations, speeches, and interviews regarding women's rights, her memoirs, and as a breast cancer survivor. The series is arranged chronologically within formats.

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Additional Index Terms

Compact discs
Electronic records
Feminism--United States
Immigrants--United States
Jewish families--United States
Jewish women--United States
Labor laws and legislation--United States
Manuscripts for publication
Sex discrimination against women--Law and legislation
Sex discrimination in employment--United States
Web sites
Women lawyers--United States
Women's rights--United States
Midday Club (Stamford, Connecticut)
National Organization for Women
United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
United States Information Agency