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Allyn Ravitz papers, 1973-1997

0.6 linear feet

Feminist attorney from Detroit, Michigan. Topical files relating to cases in which she was involved; organizational activities, especially the Feminist Federal Credit Union; and feminist issues and interests, including credit and housing discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.

The Allyn Ravitz collection includes subject files relating to her activities and to her overall interest in women's rights. Of especial interest are her files on the Feminist Federal Credit Union and her support of legislation to prohibit sex discrimination in credit practices. In addition to clippings and published material, the collection includes correspondence, organizational materials, certificates of appreciation, and miscellaneous.


Barbara Hays-Hamilton Papers, 1975-1986

2 linear feet

Feminist and Equal Rights Amendment activist from Midland, Michigan, officer of Michigan National Organization of Women; papers document her work on women's issues in NOW, in various political campaigns and as a lobbyist.

The Barbara Hays-Hamiton papers document her activities as member and officer of the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Michigan Women's Assembly, her participation in political campaigns and legislative work on behalf of women's issues and other feminist activities and causes.


Janet Good papers, 1965-1996

0.5 linear feet

Feminist, member of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, member of numerous feminist and civil rights organizations. Biographical information; subject files relating to activities with the Older Women's League, the National Organization for Women, and other feminist organizations.

The papers of Janet Good consist of 0.5 linear feet of documents relating primarily to Good's activities in feminist organizations and her work for the MESC. The papers are organized into a single topical series, arranged alphabetically. With the exception of the Biographical, the bulk of the collection relates to organizations in which Good participated.

The Biographical files documents aspects of Good's career not specifically relating to her involvement in feminist and civil rights organizations. Concise information about Good's life and career is contained in the News Clippings, Resume, and Photograph file.

Files for the National Organization for Women and the Older Women's League. contain materials relating to state or local chapters and to Good's participation on the national level, such as her role in organizing the 1977 NOW National Conference in Detroit and her preparation of Executive Committee minutes for the National Owl Board during her term as Secretary.


Lee Kefauver Papers, 1970-1985 (majority within 1972-1977)

3.5 linear feet

Feminist active in various civic and political causes and organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Michigan Republican Party, and the Women's Equity Action League. Files relating to her work with different organizations and to her interest in political and women's rights issues.

The papers of Lee Kefauver document the local, state, and to some extent national activities and affiliations of a feminist activist during the turbulent 1970s. They reveal how groups of concerned organizations, both large and small, banded together to attempt to defeat anti-choice legislation and to defend the Equal Rights Amendment, and they illustrate some of the day to day business of these organizations. This collection contains information about small local organizations which may not be available elsewhere.


Linda Varonich papers, 1970-2009

3.5 linear feet

President of the National Organization for Women, Michigan Conference from 2001 to 2005; topical files relating to Michigan NOW, to the national office of the National Organization for Women, and to various women’s issues.

The papers of Linda Varonich document her activities in Michigan NOW. The papers of Linda Varonich document her activities in Michigan NOW. The collection is arranged alphabetically in two series: National Organization for Women (NOW) and Topical Files.


Marian McCracken papers, 1968-1999

1 linear foot

Teacher, feminist, president of the Michigan Conference of the National Organization for Women and other women's rights and feminist organizations. Biographical materials, files detailing N.O.W. activities and her involvement in the People's Campaign for Choice, a group established in 1987-1988 to block passage of a bill banning Medicaid payments for abortion.

The papers of Marian McCracken document McCracken's participation in the feminist movement in Michigan from 1968 to 1996, with particular attention to her involvement with the National Organization for Women, 1985-1992. The collection is organized into a single topical series, arranged alphabetically. Files relating to NOW comprise the majority of the collection. The State Coordinating Council file of the Michigan section of these files provides succinct information about Michigan NOW's organizational structure. The Issues file documents NOW's response to the 1987 nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, the 1987 papal visit to Detroit, and NOW's 1988 clashes with Domino's Pizza.

Other important files include the Biographical folder, which contain articles summarizing McCracken's achievements; Michigan feminist organizations and issues, which provides insights into Michigan's feminist movement apart from NOW; and records relating to People's Campaign for Choice, a group organized in 1987-1988 to block passage of a bill banning Medicaid payments for abortion. The collection as a whole documents not only the life of an important Michigan feminist but also the life of the Michigan feminist movement.


Older Women's League. Michigan Chapter. Records, 1982-2002

1 linear foot

Michigan chapter of the national Older Women's league organization, founded in 1982 by Janet Good, with goal of improving the lives of older women by means of political advocacy. Records include correspondence, minutes and videotapes on history and goals of OWL, also includes some records of Farmington Hills chapter.

This collection primarily documents the history and activities of the Michigan state OWL organization (OWL Michigan) and the local chapter in Farmington Hills. The OWL records consist of four series, OWL Michigan, Farmington Hills Chapter, Royal Oak Chapter, and Videocassettes. Most of the records are self-explanatory.


Patrice I. Elms Papers, 1972-1997 (majority within 1987-1992)

1.5 linear feet

Feminist, active in various women's rights organizations and causes; the files concerns her activities with American Association of University Women and the People's Campaign for Choice, 1987-1988; also included are Topical Files, 1972-1999 and Audiovisual Materials, 1986-1997

The papers of Patrice I. Elms, consisting of correspondence, reports, topical files and some organizational records, provide a fine overview of the state of abortion rights in Michigan in the later 1980s and other controversial issues such as school choice and parochiaid. The papers are arranged in four series: American Association of University Women, People's Campaign for Choice, 1987-1988, Topical, 1972-1999 and Audiovisual Materials, 1986-1997. These documents provide a fine overview of the state of abortion rights in Michigan in the later 1980s.


Shirley Monson papers, 1973-1979 (majority within 1974-1977)

0.2 linear feet

From 1974 to 1977, Shirley Monson was the state chair for the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She was nominating chair of Focus: Michigan Women, which selected delegates to the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. The papers of Shirley Monson concern her various activities with women's organizations. Materials include correspondence, photographs, brochures and flyers, newspaper interviews, and clippings.

Monson's National Organization of Women (NOW) material includes correspondence from the approximately three year period when she was the state coordinator of NOW. The file on International Women's Year material consists primarily of correspondence pertaining to the conference. Also found here are newsclippings that include interviews with Shirley Monson as well as miscellaneous brochures and flyers from various Michigan-based feminist conferences and activities.

Photographs include photos of the International Women's Year conference sessions and delegates; photos of pro-Equal Rights Amendment march in Detroit during 1976 Republican National Convention and of "An Evening for the ERA," Dec. 9, 1977, at Orchestra Hall, Detroit; also informal portrait of Shirley Monson. All photographs are dated between 1974 and 1977.


Voltairine De Cleyre Papers, 1876-1914

1 manuscript box, approximately .4 linear foot

Voltairine De Cleyre was a prominent anarchist poet, lecturer, and writer. This collection spans the years 1876 to 1914 and is made up of correspondence, manuscript and print poems and essays, and one photograph.

The Voltairine De Cleyre Collection is organized in four series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Printed Materials and Photograph.