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MC 832

Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment. Records of Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment, 1978-1980: 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.: MC 832
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment
Title: Records of Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment, 1978-1980
Date(s): 1978-1980
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Meeting minutes; notes; correspondence; speeches; flyers; petitions; sexual harassment handbooks and brochures; reports and papers; clippings; etc., of Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment, an organization of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2015-M63, 2016-M22. Accession number 2016-M22 was added to the collection in February 2016.
The records of Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ruth Milkman in April 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2015
By: Mark Vassar

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Original sexual harassment complaint letters have been redacted and the originals removed from the collection. Originals are closed until January 1, 2050.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment 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:

Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment Records, 1978-1980; item description, dates. MC 832, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

Donor: Ruth Milkman
Accession number: 2015-M63
Processed by: Mark Vassar
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials division:

BIOGRAPHY

Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment was an organization of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, who organized as a group in 1979 around complaints of sexual harassment against assistant professor of sociology Elbaki Hermassi by thirteen female students. Ruth Milkman was one of the leaders. The group corresponded with university administration, distributed flyers, held press conferences, and collected signatures on petitions in an effort to call attention to the case and to hold Hermassi accountable for his actions. In additional to their actions on campus, the organization also filed a Title IX complaint with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare on behalf of several of the affected students. They also researched sexual harassment policies and reporting procedures at other universities and state government agencies in order to ultimately force the University of California, Berkeley, to institute its own policies and procedures (none in place at the time of the Hermassi case). The group also submitted an amicus curiae brief in 1979 in the appeal of the Alexander v. Yale case.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records of Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment, 1978-1980 (#1.1-2.12), contain meeting minutes; notes; correspondence; speeches; flyers; petitions; sexual harassment handbooks and brochures; reports and papers; clippings; etc. The bulk of the material is related to Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment's efforts to call attention and demand action on the complaints of sexual harassment by female students against assistant professor Elbaki Hermassi, their Title IX complaint against the university, and their efforts to have the university develop sexual assault grievance policies and procedures. Original folder titles were retained. Information appearing in brackets was provided by the processor. Folders are arranged alphabetically. Additional material (accession number2016-M22) was added to the collection in February 2016. This material is located in #2.13.

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Additional Index Terms

Feminists--United States
Sex discrimination in higher education--United States
Sexual harassment--United States
Sexual harassment in universities and colleges--United States
Women--Social networks
Women's rights--United States
Milkman, Ruth, 1944-
University of California, Berkeley--Students

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