Bargowski, Dolores. Papers of Dolores Bargowski, 1943-2008: 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
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 932
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bargowski, Dolores
Title: Papers of Dolores Bargowski, 1943-2008
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of lesbian feminist activist Dolores Bargowski include photographs, letters,
writings, and minutes, position papers, statements, etc., of organizations with which
she was affiliated.
Accession numbers: 2008-M43, 2008-M188
These papers of Dolores Bargowski were acquired from Dolores Bargowski by the Schlesinger
Library in March and October 2008.
Processed: January 2018
By: Anne Engelhart
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(when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects
which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately
with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.
Other material not normally retained include: clippings that are not by or about
the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks,
cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at
a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes
(when they do not contain additional information).
When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.
Access. The bulk of the collection is open for research. Letters from Rita Mae Brown
(#1.11) and notes and writings by Bargowski (#2.1, 2.15) are closed until January
1, 2023. A draft of an essay by Bargowski (#2.5) is closed until January 1, 2028.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dolores Bargowski 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.
Dolores Bargowski Papers, 1943-2008; item description, dates. MC 932, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Donor: Dolores Bargowski
Accession number: 2008-M43
Processed by: Anne Engelhart
The following items have been removed from the collection: 1 carton of feminist periodicals
were transferred to the book division of the Schlesinger Library.
Feminist and lesbian activist Dolores Bargowski grew up in Detroit, Michigan, in a
working class family with five children. The first member of her family to go to college,
she attended Monteith College (part of Wayne State University), beginning in 1964,
and studied philosophy and the arts. By 1967 she was president of the Monteith student
government, and became involved in the civil rights movement. In response to the sexism
exhibited by groups such as Students for a Democratic Society, she and Barbara Burris
organized one of the first seminars on women's issues in the country. Offered in the
fall of 1967 at Monteith College, it was called "Society in Woman" and it led to the
organization of the first college chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Other actions included filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
regarding the hiring of women, organizing teach-ins, attending the 1967 conference
of the National Organization for Women, and participating in the 1968 protest of the
Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1969 Bargowski moved to New
York City where she became involved with Women Make Movies, The Feminists, Class Workshop,
and Radicalesbians. She participated in the National Organization for Women's Second
Congress to Unite Women (spring 1970), pointing to the need to consider class and
sexual orientation issues in order to make the women's movement more inclusive. In
1971 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she wrote and distributed a pamphlet entitled
"Notes toward a Women's Analysis of Class" and contributed to Dykes for an American Revolution (1971). She was a member of the Furies, a collective that published a newspaper nationally,
and a founder of Quest: A Feminist Journal (1973).
The papers of Dolores Bargowski include photographs of Bargowski and family; reading
list, etc., for Society in Woman course, class papers by Bargowski, student newsletters,
etc., from Monteith College; minutes, statements, etc., from The Feminists, Redstockings,
and Radicalesbians; National Organization for Women conference material; articles,
writings by other feminists; minutes and correspondence of Quest; letters from Rita
Mae Brown, Charlotte Bunch and others; unpublished drafts and notes; etc.
Folder titles in quotations are those of the Dolores Bargowski. The collection is
arranged largely in chronological order.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available
- PD.1. Photographs of Dolores Bargowski, 1943-2008
- PD.2. Photograph of Monteith Student Centre, Monteith College, late 1960s?
- 1.1. Certificate of admission to Detroit public high schools, 1956
- 1.2. Monteith College: syllabi, assignments, course readings, 1964-1968
- 1.3. Monteith College: papers by Dolores Bargowski, 1964-1968, n.d.
- 1.4. Monteith College: re: Society in Woman course, 1967-1968
- 1.5. Monteith College: newsletters, 1967; Brine (campus publication), 1964-1967; other student organizations
- 1.6. Monteith College: outline, drafts of senior essay, correspondence, 1973
- 1.7. National Organization for Women conference, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC., November
Scope and Contents: Includes minutes; Miss America protest, 1968; Bargowski nomination to NOW board, 1968;
notes from Wayne State chapter of NOW, August 30, 1968; workshops for second NOW conference,
- 1.8. Redstockings: statements, 1968-1969
- 1.9. Notes from the First Year, 1968; Ms., Spring 1972; typescript of Kate Millett's "Sexual Politics," 1968
- 1.10. "The New York Feminists, 1969-1970."
Scope and Contents: Includes magazine photograph of the Feminists demonstrating at the Manhattan Marriage
License Bureau, 1969; drafts of statements, policies; controversy re: Ti-Grace Atkinson;
membership list, minutes; statements by WITCH (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy
from Hell); minutes from Radicalesbians meetings, 1970; notes for ABC interview with
Marilyn Sanders re: pornography and women, 1970
- 1.12. Letters: to Dolores Bargowski from others, late 1960s-early 1970s
- 1.13. Letters: to Dolores Bargowski from others, late 1960s-early 1970s
- 2.2. "The Feminists, NY, 1970."
Scope and Contents: Includes drafts of analyses, history, organizing principles; re: split in National
Organization for Women by Janine Sade, 1969; position papers: "Man and Hating" by
Pamela Kearon, n.d., "The Institution of Sexual Intercourse" by Ti-Grace Atkinson,
- 2.3. Clippings re: Ti-Grace Atkinson, feminism, 1970, n.d.
- 2.4. Class Workshop: "Notes towards a Women's Analysis of Class" by Bargowski, 1970
- 2.6. "4th World Manifesto," 1971
- 2.7. "NOW--National conference, spring 1973" (e.g. the International Feminist Planning
Scope and Contents: Includes list of participants, welcoming remarks, flyer; also "Token Learning: A Study
of Women's Higher Education in America, 1968.
- 2.9. "Quest," 1974.
Scope and Contents: Includes minutes, correspondence, poems, etc.; also outline by Rita Mae Brown for
terrorism article and comments.
- 2.11. Writings by Bargowski re: Easter, feminism, class, 1974-1984
- FD.1. "A calendar for women, photographs by jeb," 1974
- 2.12. "FEN Feminist Economic Network": "What Is FEN" by Martha Shelley, n.d.
- F+D.1. Article re: FEN, 1976; clipping re: Revolutionary Women's Weekend, Limerick, Pennsylvania,
October 24-25, 1970
- 2.13. Gay engagement calendar, 1978
- 2.14. Articles by others.
Scope and Contents: Includes "Will the Women's Movement Survive?," ca. 1970; "Lesbianism and Feminism:
Synonyms or Contradictions," 1973; topics for lesbian consciousness-raising groups;
"Cultural Variation in Lesbian Bereavement Experience in Ohio," and letter to author
by Bargowski, 2000.
Notes from the first year
Quest: a feminist quarterly
Feminists--New York (State)--New York
Lesbians--New York (State)--New York
Women in mass media
Women's rights--United States
Brown, Rita Mae
Bunch, Charlotte, 1944-
National Organization for Women
Wayne State University. Monteith College--Students
Women Make Movies (Firm)