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Guide to the Margo House Papers,​ 1973-​1980

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Summary Information

Title: Margo House Papers

Inclusive Dates: 1973-1980

Creator: House, Margo, 1928-

Call Number: Eau Claire Mss BU; VBA 470

Quantity: 1.0 c.f. (1 record center carton)

Repository: Housed at the Area Research Center, William D. McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division

Archival Locations: UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library / Eau Claire Area Research Ctr. Abstract: Papers of Wisconsin feminist Margo House pertaining to the founding of the Eau Claire chapter of NOW; her service on the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, circa 1975-1979; the Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund, circa 1974-1977, a group which funded historical research projects and employment workshops related to women (House served as its president); and several educational programs aimed at sexism. The video is from the Governor's Commission convention of 1976.

Language: English

Search Terms/Subject Terms

  • National Organization for Women. Eau Claire Chapter (Wis.)
  • Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund
  • Wisconsin. Governor’s Commission of the Status of Women
  • Feminism—Wisconsin
  • Sex discrimination against women—Wisconsin


Margo House was born in August 1928. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, with a B.A. in Art History in 1949. After additional schooling, House worked for the Board of Regents at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1965 to 1969; she also taught English there, as a faculty assistant, from 1968 to 1971. In 1977 House received her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. During the 1970's she was active in the women's movement in Wisconsin, serving on the state board of the League of Women Voters, as president of the Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund, and as state coordinator for the National Organization for Women. House also was a member of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women until its disbanding in 1979.

Scope and Content Note

The Margo House Papers are an alphabetically-arranged subject file documenting the many issues and organizations with which she was involved. They cover the years 1973-1980, with heaviest coverage on the latter years. It was during this time that many of the organizations with which House was involved were firmly established. The collection includes material concerning educational programs, both for schools and the workplace, which were sponsored by various women's groups. These programs, some of which were eventually utilized by the State of Wisconsin, sought to oppose discrimination and sexism: Women in Wisconsin History; Attitudes, Women, and Employment; Skilled Jobs for Women; and so on. Materials dealing with the National Organization for Women deal primarily with the Eau Claire chapter, with some assorted state-level information. The collection also contains correspondence between women's groups and state and local government agencies on a wide array of issues.

Administrative/Restriction Information

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr. Helen Sampson, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1982. Accession Number: M82-346

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Murphy and Ann Hokanson, 1991.

Contents List

Eau Claire Mss BUAttitudes, Women, and Employment
Box/Folder 1/1-2Evaluations, 1974-1977
Box/Folder 1/3Proposals, 1973-1975
Box/Folder 1/4Reports, 1974-1976
Box/Folder 1/5Staff memos, 1974-1976
Box/Folder 1/6-8Training materials, 1974; 1976
Box/Folder 1/9Unemployment issues, 1973-1977
Box/Folder 1/10Miscellaneous, 1973-1976
Box/Folder 1/11Current Issues in Women's Equality, 1979
Box/Folder 1/12Eau Claire National Organization for Women, 1973-1976
Box/Folder 1/13Equal Rights Amendment, 1973-1979
Box/Folder 1/14Feminist Advocacy Network, 1979

Governor's Commission on the Status of Women
Box/Folder 1/15Clippings and financial, 1973-1979
Box/Folder 1/16Issue positions, 1974-1978
Box/Folder 1/17Meeting information, 1975-1978, undated
Eau Claire Mss BU Box/Folder 1/18Miscellaneous, 1975-1979
Box/Folder 1/19Local government issues, 1975-1978
Box/Folder 1/20Marital property reform, 1977, undated
Box/Folder 1/21National Women's Conference, 1977-1979
Box/Folder 1/22Skilled Jobs for Women, 1975-1977
Box/Folder 1/23Skilled Training Improvement Program, 1974-1979
Box/Folder 1/24State government issues, 1973-1979
Box/Folder 1/25Uncommon Lives of Common Women, correspondence and financial, 1975-1976

Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund
Box/Folder 1/26-27Correspondence, 1974-1979, undated
Box/Folder 1/28Financial, 1974-1977, undated
Box/Folder 1/29Meeting minutes, 1973-1979
Box/Folder 1/30Membership and organizational materials
Box/Folder 1/31Wisconsin Women's Network, 1979-1980
Box/Folder 1/32Women, Historical Identity, and Challenge, 1976

Women in Wisconsin History
Box/Folder 1/33Correspondence, 1974-1976, undated
Box/Folder 1/34Progress Reports, 1974-1975
Box/Folder 1/35Miscellaneous, 1975, undated
Box/Folder 1/36Women's Educational Equity Act, 1974-1976
Box/Folder 1/37Miscellaneous, 1973-1979