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MC 876; T-520

National Institute for Women of Color (U.S.). Records of National Institute for Women of Color, 1977-1991: 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 876; T-520
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: National Institute for Women of Color (U.S.)
Title: National Institute for Women of Color, 1977-1991
Date(s): 1977-1991
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (15 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 19 photograph folders, 8 audiotapes.)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Collection includes correspondence, minutes, reports, grant applications, photographs, conference materials, etc documenting the administration of the National Institute for Women of Color.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2015-M143
The records were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sharon Parker, founder of National Institute for Women of Color, in September 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2016
By: Amber L. Moore, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records of National Institute for Women of Color is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library without restriction.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

National Institute for Women of Color Records, 1977-1991; item description, dates. MC 876, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library about the National Conference for Women of Color in particular; see National Organization of Women, Inc., 1965-1987 (MC 496), and Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., 1959-2002 (90-M59--90-M71).

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Sharon Parker
Accession number: 2015-M143
Processed by: Amber L. Moore
The following items have been removed from the collection:

HISTORY

The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC), founded in 1981 in the District of Columbia, was an independent non-profit organization created to promote the strengths of diversity and to promote educational and economic equity for women of color. Funded mainly through grants, NIWC was managed by its Board of Directors, with the help of state coordinators, a national Advisory Committee, and volunteers. NIWC was an advocacy group which acted as a networking center for women of color and focused on mutual concerns of education, housing, healthcare, and pay equity. NIWC's main objectives were to develop leadership skills in women, to recognize women of color leaders, to educate society about the status and basis needs of women of color, to provide a support network, and to advocate for changes in public policy. NIWC sponsored numerous conferences including the National Conferences for Women of Color in 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1987; and published a newsletter, fact sheets, and NIWC Brown Papers, which researched writings on issues of concern to women of color. NIWC stopped functioning in 1995 and legally disbanded in the early 2000s.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in five series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection consists of material documenting the tenure of National Institute of Women of Color (NIWC) through administrative files, conference material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual material. The papers were in order when received and have been arranged further by the archivist. Original folder titles were retained.
Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE, 1977-1991 (#1.1-5.14), consists of material related to the operation of NIWC including agendas, correspondence, fund-raising, minutes, and publicity. Of interest are the records used to establish new regional chapters, the scope of work for the organization, and the statement of principles detailing NIWC's mission. NIWC's five-year plan that discusses actions and projects proposed for 1989 through 1994 is also included (#2.11). The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II, CONFERENCE MATERIAL, 1979-1989 (#5.15-8.9), consists of files related to the conferences organized by NIWC, and other conferences relating to women, including the National Minority Women's Leadership Conference in 1979, which was a precursor to NIWC; and the United Nations Women's Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985. The bulk of the series contains correspondence, planning documents, evaluations, lists of conference speakers, participants, and programs for national conferences of NIWC in 1982-1984, and 1987. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series III, SUBJECT FILES, 1981-1990 (#8.10-16.8), consists of material related to raising awareness of issues affecting women of color including reproductive rights, racism, and pay equity. Of particular interest is the correspondence, drafts and research conducted for the Brown Papers which were writings by NIWC discussing issues of concern to women of color. This series also documents NIWC's collaborative efforts with organizations such as Women for a Meaningful Summit, a coalition of national and international women's organizations committed to focusing attention to issues of global peace, justice, and conflict resolution. By-laws, correspondence, minutes, and notes of the Women for a Meaningful Summit are also included. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1979-1989 (#PD.1-PD.19), consists of images from NIWC conferences, workshops, and awards programs including the "Outstanding Women of Color" award given at NIWC conferences. Of particular note are images featuring Gloria Steinem at the NIWC conference in 1982 (PD.5). Also included are photographs from the NOW Minority Women's Conference in 1979; images of Sharon Parker speaking at the National Association of Professional African American Women conference in 1988; and images of NIWC Board of Directors, and Arlie Scott, the Executive Vice President of NOW. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series V, AUDIOVISUAL, 1979-1988 (T-520.1-T-520.8), contains audiocassettes from the NOW Minority Women's Leadership Conference in 1979. Titles listed are those written on the original tapes. The series is arranged chronologically.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

African American women--United States
African American women--Societies and clubs
Feminists--United States
Minority women--United States
Non-governmental organizations--Congresses
Women--Employment
Women--Political activity--United States
Women's rights--Congresses
Audiotapes
Parker, Sharon, 1948-
Steinem, Gloria
National Organization for Women
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.
Women for Meaningful Summits

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