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National Organization for Women, Jacksonville, Florida, and Jacksonville Women's Movement Collection, 1969-2002, bulk 1970-1976

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu
Preferred citation:
National Organization for Women, Jacksonville, Florida, and Jacksonville Women's Movement Collection. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Summary

Abstract:
The collection contains subject files which chronicle the formative years and development of the Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Jacksonville Women's Movement from 1969 to 2002. Resources include printed materials, such as correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, newsletters, publicity announcements and flyers of local activities, event programs, and early telephone and membership lists. The subject contents are primarily local in scope with some Florida and national coverage of marches and other events. General feminist literature and national NOW publications provide additional background information on relevant social and political issues.
Extent:
5.80 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
National Organization for Women, Jacksonville, Florida, and Jacksonville Women's Movement Collection. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection contains subject files which chronicle the formative years and development of the Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Jacksonville Women's Movement from 1969 to 2002. Resources include printed materials, such as correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, newsletters, publicity announcements and flyers of local activities, event programs, and early telephone and membership lists. The subject contents are primarily local in scope with some Florida and national coverage of marches and other events. General feminist literature and national NOW publications provide additional background information on relevant social and political issues. Of special interest is a scrapbook entitled "Jacksonville Women's Movement, 1970-1976," which provides documentation of the initial founding, and outreach efforts of the local women's movement, including NOW chapter organizational materials and questionaires sent to local political candidates. Other items in the scrapbook pertain to the Jacksonville Women's Political Caucus, Alliance for the Equal Rights Amendment, Options, Inc., the Rape Crisis Center, and Hubbard House. The collection also contains printed materials from the three anniversary reunions of the NOW Jacksonville chapter and Women's Movement held on August 28-30, 1986, August 26, 1990, and March 9, 1991. A videorecording of the March 9, 1991 reunion provides unique visual highlights of the event.

Biographical / Historical:

The Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women was founded on August 26, 1970. On January 3, 1971, NOW Jacksonville was granted a national charter. Early functions of the organization included outreach and lobbying activities: forming consciousness raising groups; lobbying city officials to appoint more women to public boards and commissions; disseminating questionnaires to candidates running for local political office; producing a first newsletter (NOW, Jacksonville Call to Action); exploring day care services in Jacksonville; forming a speaker's bureau for lecture engagements and panels; sponsoring a symposium on abortion law; participating in national affirmative action projects; spearheading the local Alliance for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; helping to organize the Duval County Women's Political Caucus; and opening the women's self-help center, Options, Inc. In 1974, NOW Jacksonville started the Women's Rape Crisis Center, and in the next two years, helped to finance the opening of Hubbard House to provide counseling and aid to battered women. In October 1975, NOW Jacksonville officially separated from the Jacksonville Women's Movement, which incorporated as a separate organization. The materials were collected by Vicki L. Wengrow, the first Convenor of the NOW Jacksonville chapter and one of its founding Directors in 1970. Wengrow remained an activist in the Women's Movement and NOW Jacksonville for many years.

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Acquisition information:

Gift of Vicki L. Wengrow, 2009

The materials were acquired by UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives on 01/01/1999.

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