[Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. 1979-1981.


[Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. 1979-1981.

Collection consists of audio interviews conducted by Frances Kolb with past National Organization for Women (NOW) officers and members, regarding the formation of NOW and their roles in the organization. Kolb conducted the interviews in preparation for a book on the history of NOW.

30 sound cassettes : analog.

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