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Guide to the National Women's Political Caucus Records, 1971-1974

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.)
Title: National Women's Political Caucus Records
Dates: 1971-1974
Quantity: 0.4 cubic ft (2 boxes)
Abstract: Materials relating to the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Political Caucus of Dutchess County, and the Tri-State Women's Political Caucus, 1971-1974. There are also some materials from the Women's Center of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1972-1974, and other miscellaneous groups working on women's rights.
Forms of Materials: Reports, statements, newsletters, minutes, correspondence, questionnaires, and clippings.

Administrative History

The National Women's Political Caucus was organized in 1971 to get American women involved in politics and, more specifically, to get as many women as possible elected or selected as delegates to the major party national conventions of 1972. Eventually, branches were organized in forty-six states; and there are many local groups such as the one in Dutchess County.

The Tri-State Caucus was never affiliated with the National Caucus, and a conflict developed between the two groups when it came time to organize a New York State Caucus. The Women's Political Caucus of Dutchess County was organized by the Tri-State Caucus, but it was also affiliated with the National Women's Political Caucus.

The Women's Center in Poughkeepsie was opened in 1972 to provide counseling services, child care, consciousness-raising sessions, etc. It closed at the end of 1973 as interest waned, at least locally, in the women's liberation movement.

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Scope and Content Note

Reports, statements, newsletters, minutes, correspondence, questionnaires, and clippings from or about the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Political Caucus of Dutchess County, and the Tri-State Women's Political Caucus, 1971-1974. There are also some materials from the Women's Center of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1972-1974, and other miscellaneous groups working on women's rights.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • New York State Women's Political Caucus.
  • Tri-State Women's Political Caucus.
  • Women's Center (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
  • Women's Political Caucus (Dutchess County, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Women in politics.
  • Women--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.
  • Women--United States.
  • Women's rights -- United States

Places:

  • United States--Politics and government--1969-1974.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

National Women's Political Caucus Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Last updated by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen C.Cole (VC 1926).

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Container List

National Women's Political Caucus

Folder 1.1 Organizational reports, statements, information, and newsletter.

Women's Political Caucus, Dutchess County

Folder 1.2 Minutes
Folder 1.3 Correspondence
Folder 1.4 Questionnaires sent to candidates for public office
Folder 1.5 Survey of candidates, 1971
Folder 1.6 Notices, notices of meetings and newspaper clippings
Folder 1.7 Reading list
Folder 1.8 Finances, bank statements, and checkbook

Tri-State Women's Political Caucus, Inc., and New York State Branch of National Women's Political Caucus

Folder 2.1 Organizational materials and information, newsletters, correspondence
Folder 2.2 Organizational materials and information, newsletters, correspondence

Women's Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Folder 2.3 Newspaper clippings, newsletters, 1972-1974

Miscellaneous

Folder 2.4 Miscellaneous pamphlet material on organizing efforts of Women, including newsletters (Woman Activist, WEAL Washington Report, etc), and material from various women's groups and professional organizations

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