National Organization for Women, Jefferson County, Kentucky, Chapter Records, 1986-1993

Accession: 1996-092, 2003-051
Extent: 6.875 linear feet
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville

Administrative History

Although the Business and Professional Women's Club can claim membership going back to 1919, more radical or activist women's liberation groups began locally in the late 1960s as small groups organized chiefly around single issues with leadership drawn primarily from working women. A survey of the Women's Liberation movement in the Louisville area in March 1971 reported several groups with about twenty-five members each who had formed a loose coalition and were sponsoring the Women's Newspaper Collective. Two years later, three of those organizations had sprung to the forefront of feminist issues - Louisville National Organization for Women (NOW), the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union (KCLU), and the Metropolitan Louisville Women's Political Caucus. Very likely the affiliation of these local groups with national organizations assisted in building membership and focus. Such national figures as Gloria Steinem and Betty Freidan had publicized NOW as a galvanizing force on the political scene. By 1973, these groups were far more organized, had developed political agendas and confrontation strategies, and were collaborating in producing New Womankind, which was edited by Emmy Hixon.

Early NOW leaders in Kentucky in 1973 and 1974 included NOW state coordinator Carolyn Weeks, NOW editor Susan Englander, coordinator of the NOW Legislative Committee Anita Solodkin, and the NOW Rape Task Force coordinator Ann Freud. Additionally, aggressive recruitment campaigns that expanded the number of chapters in the state were spearheaded by Lelia Cushman. By October 1974, NOW chapters were operational in Louisville and Lexington and had been organized in Fort Knox and Paducah. Priorities among the several NOW concerns in the early 1970s included equal pay, promotion and treatment on the job; rape prevention, medical and police treatment of rape victims, including counseling thereafter; and abortion availability and counseling. Many of the early meetings were held at the Jefferson Community College, but membership drew heavily from working women and faculty and students at nearby colleges.

A few copies of early 1970s NOW newsletters can be found in the Reference files at the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center. This particular collection of the records of National Organization for Women (NOW), Jefferson County, Kentucky Chapter contains a more complete set of newsletters, meeting notices, and agendas, detailing the chapter’s activities from 1986 through 1993.

Brief Description of the Collection

This collection consists of material produced by the National Organization for Women, Jefferson County, Kentucky Chapter, including newsletters, meeting notices, agendas, articles, and letters to editors. Newsletter files usually include the paste-up as well as printed newsletters. Organizational records (minutes, financial records, and correspondence) publications, reference files, and memorabilia are also included.

List of Boxes & Folders in this Collection

Box 1: NOW Organizational Records

  • 1. Facts about NOW, Personnel Lists, Priority Issues
  • 2. Jefferson County NOW Yearly Reports, JC NOW Bylaws
  • 3. Legislative Updates 1996-1998m NOW Bylaws
  • 4. Personnel Records n.d.
  • 5. Treasurer Reports 1992-2000, Donor Lists, Budgets

Box 2: NOW Monthly Meetings & Minutes

  • 1. Monthly Meetings & Minutes 1993-1994, 1996 (1995 is missing)
  • 2. Monthly Meetings & Minutes 1997
  • 3. Monthly Meetings & Minutes 1998
  • 4. Monthly Meetings & Minutes 1999
  • 5. Monthly Meetings & Minutes 2000-2001

Box 3: NOW Member Lists & Legislative District #35 maps

Box 4: NOW Correspondence

  • 1. Correspondence to and from other NOW chapters 1993-1999
  • 2. Handwritten letters and cards
  • 3. Letters from other organizations (arranged alphabetically by organization)
  • 4. Letters to and from other NOW presidents 1988-1999
  • 5. State & National Political Correspondence 1993-2000

Box 5: Public Relations

  • 1. Call for Action Memorandums 1993-2000
  • 2. Nominations for Awards
  • 3. Press Releases & National NOW Updates
  • 4. Schedules, Meetings & Event Notices
  • 5. Small Fliers and Schedule of Events
  • 6. Various Speeches

Box 6: Public Relations

  • 1. Take Back the Night event fliers
  • 2. Take Back the Night event fliers
  • 3. Take Back the Night Financial Records
  • 4. Take Back the Night Correspondence

Box 7: NOW Political Action Committee (PAC)

  • 1. Political Action Committee activities
  • 2. Political Action Committee activities
  • 3. Political Action Committee Judicial Candidate Questionnaires

Box 8: NOW Publications (Newspaper articles with NOW as subject and pressing issues)

  • 1. Abortion
  • 2. Equal Rights & Pay Equality
  • 3. Feminism & Empowerment
  • 4. Violence Against Women.
  • 5. National NOW Newsletters
  • 6. Jefferson County Chapter NOW Newsletters (2 files)
  • 7. Newsletters from other NOW Chapters

Box 9: Non-NOW Publications & Printed Material

  • 1. Banquet & Event Programs
  • 2. Organizational Event Fliers
  • 3. Organization (Non-NOW) Newsletters A-K
  • 4. Organization (Non-NOW) Newsletters L-Z

Box 10: Non-NOW Publications & Printed Material

  • 1. Abortion
  • 2. Feminism & Empowerment
  • 3. Formal Letters of Invitation
  • 4. Legal Issues & Equal Pay
  • 5. Violence against Women

Box 11: NOW Reference Files

  • 1. Abortion
  • 2. Abortion
  • 3. Abortion
  • 4. Abortion
  • 5. Abortion
  • 6. Aid to Families with Dependent Child (AFCD) & Welfare
  • 7. Abuse & Assault

Box 12: NOW Reference Files

  • 1. Child Support
  • 2. Civil Rights
  • 3. Economic Issues
  • 4. Economic Issues
  • 5. Equal Rights Act (ERA)
  • 6. Equal Rights Act (ERA)
  • 7. Healthy Issues

Box 13: NOW Reference Files

  • 1. Housing
  • 2. Prisoner's Rights
  • 3. Promise Keepers
  • 4. Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)

Box 14: NOW Reference Files

  • 1. Political Issues
  • 2. Political Issues
  • 3. The University of Louisville Women's Center & Collections
  • 4. Women’s History

Box 15: NOW Memorabilia

  • 1. Handwritten letters and notes (miscellaneous)
  • 2. Photographs & Memorabilia
  • 3. Photographs & Memorabilia

Box 16: NOW Newsletters

  • 1. Newsletter - August-September 1986
  • 2. Newsletter - July-August 1987
  • 3. Newsletter - September-October 1987
  • 4. Newsletter - November-December 1987
  • 5. Upcoming meeting announcements - 1987, 1988
  • 6. Invitations and Post Cards - January 1988
  • 7. Newsletter - January-February 1988
  • 8. Newsletter - March-April 1988
  • 9. Meeting Notice - April 1988
  • 10. Annual Dinner Meeting Invitation - May 1988
  • 11. Newsletter - May-June 1988
  • 12. Meeting Notice - June 1988
  • 13. Newsletter - July-August 1988
  • 14. Meeting Notice - August 1988
  • 15. Newsletter - September-October 1988
  • 16. Meeting Notices - October 1988, Women's Political Caucus - November 12, 1988
  • 17. Newsletter - November-December 1988; Meeting Notice - December 1988
  • 18. Newsletter - January-February 1989
  • 19. Meeting Notices - February 1989
  • 20. Newsletter - March-April 1989; Meeting Notices
  • 21. Meeting Notice - April 1989
  • 22. Newsletter - May-June 1989; National NOW "Dues" Folder
  • 23. Annual Meeting Agenda - May 15, 1989
  • 24. Meeting Notices - June 1989
  • 25. Newsletter - July-August 1989
  • 26. Newsletter - August 1989; Executive Board Meeting Agenda - August 3, 1989
  • 27. Newsletter - September 1989; Meeting Notice - August. 26, 1989
  • 28. Newsletter - October 1989
  • 29. Newsletter - November 1989
  • 30. Newsletter - December 1989
  • 31. Flyers, Fact Sheet, Articles - January 1990
  • 32. Newsletter - January 1990
  • 33. Newsletter - February 1990
  • 34. Newsletter - March 1990
  • 35. Newsletter - April 1990
  • 36. Newsletter - May 1990
  • 37. Newsletter - June 1990
  • 38. Newsletter - July 1990
  • 39. Newsletter - August 1990
  • 40. Newsletter - October 1990
  • 41. Newsletter - November 1990
  • 42. Newsletter - December 1990
  • 43. Newsletter - January 1991
  • 44. Newsletter - February 1991
  • 45. Newsletter - March 1991

Box 17: NOW Newsletters

  • 1. Newsletter - April 1991
  • 2. Newsletter - May 1991
  • 3. Meeting Notice - June 1991
  • 4. Newsletter - August-September 1991; Meeting Notice- August 1991
  • 5. Newsletter - October 1991
  • 6. Meeting Notice - December 1991
  • 7. Newsletter - January 1992
  • 8. Newsletter - February 1992; Business Cards
  • 9. Newsletter - March 1992
  • 10. Newsletter - May 1992; Agenda - May 7, 1992
  • 11. Newsletter - June-July 1992; Agendas - June 15, 1991, June 4, 1992
  • 12. Meeting Notice - July 1992
  • 13. Newsletter - August1992; Kentucky NOW Newsletter - Summer 1992
  • 14. Newsletter - September 1992; Agendas - September 3, 1992, September 20, 1992
  • 15. Meeting Notices - October 1992; Agenda and Minutes - October 14, 1992; Newsclippings - August 23, 1992
  • 16. Newsletter - November 1992; Agendas - November 12, 1992, November 16, 1992
  • 17. Newsletter - December 1992
  • 18. Meeting Notice - January 1993; Agenda - January 6, 1993
  • 19. Newsletter - February 1993
  • 20. Kentucky NOW Newsletter - Winter-February 1993
  • 21. Fragment of Newsletter - March 1993; Agenda - March 15, 1993; Business Card
  • 22. Newsletter - April 1993
  • 23. Newsletter - May 1993
  • 24. Meeting Notices - June 1993
  • 25. Newsletter - July 1993; Agenda - June 2, 1993
  • 26. Newsletter - August 1993; Agenda - July 7, 1993
  • 27. Agendas - September 1, 1993, September 20, 1993
  • 28. Newsletter - October 1993
  • 29. Meeting Notices - November 1993; Agenda - October 18, 1993; "The Women's Center Newsletter," University of Louisville, September 1993, volume 1:1
  • 30. Newsletter - December 1993; Meeting Notices - December-January 1993/1994; Agenda - December 1, 1993