||History notes : The Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project was initiated and funded in 1990 by Mary Jean Tully in honor of her mother Maude Gresham Crenshaw, in conjunction with the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Its goal was to document the founding and development of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and NOW Legal Defense Fund, as well as the role of Betty Friedan in NOW and the contemporary women’s movement. Each interview highlights the issues, policies, decisions, events, and participants in NOW’s history from its founding in 1966 through the International Women’s Year Conference in Houston, Texas, in 1978.
Summary : Collection includes audiotapes and transcripts of interviews with forty activists in the National Organization for Women, biographical information, and photographs. Also included are transcripts of a Sept. 12, 1991 round table discussion among five early members of NOW concerning a major split in the organization in the early 1970s; transcript of a workshop on the origins of NOW, held at the NOW national meeting, Jan. 10, 1992; and transcript of discussion on the founding of NOW LDEF, held at Armonk, N.Y., July 19, 1992.
Restrictions : Some interviews are restricted; consult the curator of manuscripts.
Transcripts of discussions concerning the split and the founding of NOW LDEF are closed until processed.
Provenance : Gift of the Project, 2001.
Cite as : Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project Records. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.|