Red River Chapter of the National Organization for Women (S892)

  • 1974-1984 

    Historical Sketch

    The Red River Chapter of the National Organization for Women was organized in 1974. The ratification of the ERA in the state of North Dakota was the Chapter’s first goal. The following years have been devoted to public education on feminist issues. The chapter held public meetings on rape, women in the criminal justice system and women and the law. The woman and arts program was first held in 1974 and has become an annual event. Red River NOW has taken direct action in discrimination and harassment complaints.

    Collection Description

    The records of the Red River Chapter of NOW are arranged by subject, alphabetically, and chronologically within the subject. Included in the records are by-laws, correspondence, the Red River Chapter history and statement of purpose, conference material, meeting notices, newsletters, press releases, task force material, reports, one scrapbook, newspaper clippings, program agendas, photographs, and six cassette tapes, two of which are from the National NOW.  

    Inventory

    Box 1

    • Action Against Discriminatory. 1978
    • Action Alert. 1980, 1982, undated
    • Affirmative Action. 1979
    • By-laws of the Red River Chapter of NOW
    • Chapter
      • Reports and Meeting Minutes. 1980, 1982
      • Structure Guide Lines. 1973
       
    • Conferences
      • Committee on Rural Women. 1979
      • Midwest Regional
        • Des Moines, Iowa, 1978/Lincoln, NE. 1979
        • Moorhead, MN. 1980
         
      • National
        • Houston, TX. 1977
        • Indianapolis, IN. 1982
        • Philadelphia, PA. 1975
        • San Antonio, TX. 1980
        • Seattle, WA. 1978
         
      • North Dakota State
        • Bismarck. 1984
        • Grand Forks. 1976
        • Minot. 1982
         
       
    • Consciousness Raising Committee. 1979
    • Correspondence
      • Miscellaneous. 1975-80
      • NOW. 1983, undated
       
    • “Discovering American Women,” Essay Contest. 1977
    • ERA
      • Correspondence. 1977-78
      • Ratification Rally. June 1981
      • Task Force. 1975; 1978; 1980
       
    • Equality Day. 1974-75, 1981
    • Food Stamp Program Testimony. 1975
    • History
      • Red River Chapter of NOW. 1974
      • “A Skeletal History of NOW,” Historical Slide Presentation by Cindy Wheeler
       
    • Human Life Amendment. 1981
    • Janeway, Elizabeth - “Men and Women in a Changing World,” Speech. 1975*
    • Meeting
      • Attendance
      • Notices. 1983
       
    • Membership Lists. 1975-76, 1980-82
      • Survey. 1983
       
    • Musical Poetry Presentation. 1977*
    • National
      • Highlights of National Board Meeting Highlights. 1978*
      • Organization for Women
       
    • Nelan, Anita. 1977*
    • Newsletters. 1974-84
    • Newspaper Clippings. 1975-1983
    • North Dakota State NOW
      • Board and Coordinators. 1979-82
      • By-Laws. 1980, undated
      • Correspondence. 1978
      • Council Members and Minutes. 1978-79
      • Financial Reports
      • Newsletters. 1975-83
       
    • Northwestern Bell Harassment. 1980
    • Officer List. 1982
    • Press Releases. 1979
    • Publicity. 1975-76
    • Public
      • Programs Sponsored by Red River NOW. 1975-76, 1982
      • Relations
       
    • Red River Chapter Task Force. 1975-77
    • Registration and Drafting of Women. 1980
    • Reproductive Freedom Report/Newspaper Clippings on Abortion. 1982
    • Smeal, Ellie - “A Look at the ERA – The Countdown.” 1981*
    • Task Force on Sexual Assault. 1979
    • Thompson, Jeff - Why Men Shouldn’t Be Members of the Red River Chapter of NOW*
    • United Way. 1976-77
    • Title IX
      • Complaints. 1978
      • Issues/Discrimination/Employment. 1977-78, 1980 
       

    Box 2

    • Scrapbook Containing Newspaper Clippings, Telegrams, Agendas, and Photographs
    • Video Cassette - Debate on ERA Between Sharon Wald and Bea Peterson on NBC. 1975

    *Oral Cassette Tapes