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MC 688

Hays, Barbara, 1946- . Papers of Barbara Hays, 1973-2007: 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

Call No.: MC 688
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Barbara Hays, 1946-
Title: Papers of Barbara Hays, 1973-2007
Date(s): 1973-2007
Quantity: 8.55 linear feet (20 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 card file box, 2 folio+ folders, 2 photograph folders, 5 objects, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, NOW national conference files, memorabilia, etc., of NOW activist and staff member Barbara Hays.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2010-M36
The papers of Barbara Hays were given to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara Hays in March 2010.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 2011
By: Johanna Carll, with assistance from Camille Torres.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted, except researchers must have the written permission of the National Organization for Women for access to folders in Series I, subseries A for 20 years from the date of the most recent document in the folder. The following folders are closed as per the NOW legal agreement: #1.8, 2.2, 2.14-2.15, 4.4, 5.10-5.12, 6.1.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Barbara Hays while an employee of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is held by NOW. Papers created by Barbara Hays outside of her responsibilities as a NOW employee are 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:

Barbara Hays. Papers of Barbara Hays, 1973-2007; item description, dates. MC 688, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Donors: Barbara Hays
Accession number: 2010-M36
Processed by: Johanna Carll
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:
The following items have been transferred to the Women's Newsletter and Periodical Collection (Pr-4):


Barbara Hays was born in 1946 in southern Indiana. She attended Indiana University and Saginaw Valley State University before earning a BA in political science from Central Michigan University in 1986. She also took graduate level courses in public law and political participation at the University of Maryland. She joined the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1975 and served as recording secretary, newsletter editor, chapter delegate to national NOW conferences, and president of the Midland, Michigan, NOW chapter. In 1987, she began working for national NOW, serving as Legislative Liaison (1987-1989), Chapter and State Development Director (1989-2005), and Organizational Development Director (2005-2007). In 2007 Hays left NOW to start Organizational Chemistry, a resource for small non-profits, chapters of larger national groups, independent organizations, or small progressive businesses seeking to improve their productivity, structure, or day-to-day function.


The collection is arranged in five series:


The collection contains correspondence, notes, conference materials, training materials, printed material, etc., documenting Barbara Hays' work for the National Organization for Women at the chapter and national levels, as well as her participation in other feminist activities. Original folder headings were maintained; titles in brackets were created by the archivist. Files were arranged by the archivist.
Series I, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW), 1974-2007 (#1.1-11.7, PD.1), includes correspondence, mailings, notes, printed material, etc., documenting Hays' work as Legislative Liaison (1987-1989), Chapter and State Development Director (1989-2005), and Organizational Development Director (2005-2007) for NOW, as well as her attendance at the NOW national conference from 1977 to 2005. It is arranged in two subseries.
Subseries A, General, 1974-2007 (#1.1-7.10), includes correspondence, notes, training materials, drafts of printed material, etc., documenting Hays' work as Legislative Liaison (1987-1989), Chapter and State Development Director (1989-2005), and Organizational Development Director (2005-2007) for NOW. A majority of materials relate to Hays' work as Chapter and State Development Director, where she developed training materials, coordinated trainings, and managed chapter eligibility and chapter delegate counts for the national conferences. Materials are governed by the Schlesinger Library's agreement with NOW. Under the agreement, researchers must obtain written permission from NOW to access materials; board meeting materials are closed for 20 years, and membership records containing member addresses are closed for 50 years, or as specified by the President of NOW. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, National conferences, 1977-2005 (#8.1-11.7, PD.1), includes programs, schedules, announcements, notes, flyers for candidates running for NOW office, nametags, advertisements for other feminist events, brochures for local places of interest to feminists, etc. Files reflect Hays' role as conference participant and do not contain materials relating to her role as a NOW employee. Files are arranged chronologically.
Series II, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN REGION AND CHAPTER FILES, 1976-2006 (#11.8-14.3), includes correspondence, notes, conference materials, materials sent to chapters by national NOW, etc. Files document Hays' involvement in NOW at the chapter, state, and regional levels, particularly in Michigan and Maryland, but do not provide much insight into her work for those organizations. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series III, EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA), 1973-1996 (#14.4-16.20, F+D.1, PD.2), includes correspondence, printed material, information packets, etc., documenting Hays' involvement in the effort to ratify the ERA. Materials include mailings and information packets distributed by NOW as well as other groups, focusing mainly on activities in the Midwest. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, OTHER FEMINIST ACTIVITIES, 1977-2002 (#17.1-20.2, E.1), includes mailings, printed material, clippings, etc., on topics relating to women and feminist events Hays attended. Files may contain mailings and printed materials produced and widely distributed by NOW, but generally contain materials produced by other organizations or from published sources. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, MEMORABILIA, 1977-2007 (#20.3-22.3m, F+D.2m, Mem.1-Mem.5), includes buttons, stickers, bumper stickers, tote bags, etc., commemorating Hays' involvement in NOW and her participation in feminist events, including those sponsored by NOW. Objects are arranged alphabetically by topic.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

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Additional Index Terms

Abortion--United States
Associations, institutions, etc.
Electronic records
Equal rights amendments--United States
Feminism--United States
Feminists--United States
Pro-choice movement--United States
Web sites
Women's rights--United States
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women--Employees
National Organization for Women. Michigan Chapter