Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Owner: Wisconsin Historical Society
Collection Number: Eau Claire Mss DA
Creator: National Organization for Women. Eau Claire Chapter (Wis.)
Title: National Organization for Women. Eau Claire Chapter (Wis.) Records
Dates: 1972-1973, 1978-1984
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box) .
Location of Collection: B4/5b
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Records of the Eau Claire chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), consisting of correspondence, membership information and applications, personnel records, organizational guidelines and constitution, meeting agendas and minutes, and fundraiser order forms. Also included is the Eau Claire Chapter newsletter (1979-1984) and corresponding materials, such as workshop and meeting agendas.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in 1966 with notable leader of the women’s rights movement, Betty Friedan, as its first president. NOW was founded with the purpose of using grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals and to fight for equal rights for women. The Eau Claire chapter of NOW was started by UW- Eau Claire English professor Dr. Edna Hood in October 1971. It remained a prominent organization on campus throughout the 1970s and 1980s and sponsored many guest speakers, discussion panels, and presentations related to feminist topics. One notable member of the Eau Claire Chapter was Margo House who helped start the chapter and served as the chapter’s first president as well as serving as the first state president of NOW in Wisconsin. Today NOW still bolsters hundreds of chapters nationwide with hundreds of thousands of members. Wisconsin still maintains two chapters of NOW, one based in Madison and a general statewide chapter.
This collection contains membership information, personnel records, organization guidelines and constitution, meeting agendas and minutes, and correspondence from the Eau Claire chapter of the National Organization for Women. Also included are copies of the monthly Eau Claire Chapter newsletter (1979-1984).
Acquisition Information: Presented by Carol Fairbanks in 1979. Collection is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more information, please consult the Historical Society.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Processing Note: Finding aid created by Stephanie Much in February 2022.
Arrangement: Flat arrangement.
OCLC #: 145777248
Detailed List of Contents
NOW- Eau Claire Chapter Records
NOW- Eau Claire Chapter Newsletters