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Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  • Abzug Papers 1920-1976
  • http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/rare/guides/Abzug/
  • Congressional papers consisting of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, reports, photographs and printed materials. The collection contains general correspondence and administrative files, as well as extensive subject files on a wide variety of topics with which Abzug was involved while in Congress. Also included are Legislative files (i.e. the chronological files of background material for legislation considered on the House floor) and printed versions of legislation by Abzug and others. The Casework Files, relating to Abzug's advocacy on behalf of constituents involved in civil rights, housing, military, employment and related cases, are closed. Materials include: draft transcripts of an oral history, appointment books, speeches and subject files (particularly on privacy and freedom of information), and campaign materials, press releases and newspaper clippings.”
  • WEDO Papers
  • http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/WEDO.pdf
  • The records of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) document its political advocacy for women's rights and highlights founders Bella Abzug (1920-1988) and Miriam "Mim" Kelber (1922-2004).
  • To request access to these collections, contact the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library through email at rbml@libraries.cul.columbia.edu or via phone at (212) 854-5153.

LaGuardia and Wagner Archives @ LaGuardia Community College

  • The catalogued contents of both the Koch and City Council Collections can be viewed online through the Wagner Archive’s website: http://www.laguardiawagnerarchive.lagcc.cuny.edu/defaultc.htm
  • The Koch Collection
  • The collected papers of Ed Koch, Abzug’s congressional rival and opponent in the New York City mayoral race that she lost. The collection contains Koch’s personal correspondences, which mention Abzug, as well as news clippings about the mayoral campaign and photos of him and Abzug.
  • The City Council Collection
  • The collection contains city council records, news clippings, and photos of Abzug as a result of her work in the city and her mayoral campaign.
  • The archives are located at Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College/CUNY 31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E-238 - Long Island City, NY 11101. Hours for researchers are generally Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Those interested in using the collections should make an appointment by calling (718) 482-5065.

The Peace Collection @ Swarthmore College

  • Women Strike for Peace Papers, 1961-date, (1962-1973 Bulk)
  • http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/DG100-150/DG115/DG115WSP.html
  • Records and papers of Women Strike for Peace. Materials in the collection include minutes, flyers, mailings, position papers, news releases, correspondence, peace action and subject/reference files, newspaper clippings, films, posters, and photographs.
  • This collection is located in Swarthmore College’s Peace Collection. Access to the materials is unrestricted. Please contact the library’s curator via phone at (610) 328-8557 or by fax (610) 690-5728 to make an appointment.

Schlesinger Library @ the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

  • Betty Friedan Papers
  • Correspondence, writings, photographs, audio tapes, and video tapes of feminist author and activist Betty Friedan. These materials are contained in several collections. Finding aids for each collection are as follows:
  • “Papers, 1952-1993 (inclusive), 1960-1993 (bulk)”
    http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=sch00060
  • “Papers, 1933-1980 (71-62--81-M23)”
    http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=sch00059
  • National Women’s Political Caucus Records
  • Materials relating to the activities of the NWPC, which Abzug founded. The collection includes minutes, committee reports, convention material, membership and fundraising records, press releases, campaign training handbooks, NWPC publications, personnel files, publications from state WPCs, audiotapes, videotapes, and photographs.
  • Both collections are located in the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute at 10 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA 02138. To access this collection, contact the Schlesinger Library to make an appointment via phone (617) 495-8647. Please note that access to some parts of the Betty Friedan collection, specifically papers from NARAL, NOW, and NWPC are restricted.

Sophia Smith Archive at Smith College

  • Gloria Steinem Papers (1940-2000) [ongoing]
  • http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss66_main.html
  • The Gloria Steinem Papers document the feminist movement including Steinem’s friendships and work with Abzug as well as with African-American feminists Shirley Chisholm, Florynce Kennedy and Dorothy Pitman Hughes; lesbian activists Andrea Dworkin and Kate Millett; and labor organizers such as Dolores Huerta and Karen Nussbaum. Material in the collection includes correspondence, writings, speeches, subject files, memorabilia, and photographs.
  • This collection is located in the Sophia Smith Archive at Smith College at 7 Neilson Drive in Northampton, MA 01063. In order to access the collection, please contact the archive via phone at (413) 585-2970 or through email at ssc-wmhist@smith.edu in order to set up an appointment. Research appointments can also be made using the archive’s online form, which can be found here:
    http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html.

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