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Biographical Encyclopedias and Directories
Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975
This ebook is the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders (including both well-known and grassroots organizers) of the second wave women's movement. Recommended by Prof. Wagman.
Notable American Women, Vol. 5: Completing the Twentieth Century
This is a collection of biographies of American women from the second half of the twentieth century. Use the scrolling window on the right-hand side of the screen to look for your subject by last name. You can also use the print edition, which is on the reference shelves (1st floor) at call number CT 3260 .N892.
Marquis Who's Who on the Web
Notre Dame's libraries have access to this collection of Who's Who entries since 1985. To use the resource, go to the Hesburgh Library and use one of the Research Workstations on the first floor. Ask a librarian there for help if you need it! Or, if you're enrolled in a class at ND, your ND login will let you access it online from anywhere.
Archival Papers and Oral Histories
1977 International Women's Year (IWY) Oral History Collection
This site contains oral histories recorded during the Convention in 1977. Look for your subject under the "National Interviews" heading.
Sharing Stories from 1977 Oral Interviews
These interviews were conducted in 2017, at a conference honoring the 40th anniversary of the NWC. There are fewer interviews here, but your subject might be among them.
A national collection of archives across the country; you can search for your subject's name and see if they have materials in an archive anywhere in the country. Start with the two links above before searching here.
Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Published Works
Newspaper Articles, Court Cases, or Government Records
Content to be added here, including links to relevant databases...
newspapers.com This link opens in a new window
4,802 newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s from around the world. Search for your subject's name, and if you find too many results, try limiting your search just to newspapers from Indiana. Ask a librarian for help if you need it!
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Contains many newspapers from around the country, but can be tricky to use. Search for your subject by name, and if you need help, ask a librarian!
New York Times This link opens in a new window
The library pays for all students, faculty, and staff to have unlimited access to the New York Times, including its online archive. Follow the directions at this link to set up an account using your SMC email address, and then you can search at nytimes.com for your subject by name.
Digital Archival Collections on the NWC
The Marjorie Randal National Women's Conference Collection
This digital collection contains approximately 150 items documenting the planning and activities leading up to, during, and after the 1977 National Women’s Conference and includes brochures, flyers, newsletters, invitations, correspondence, and publications.
The Houston Breakthrough
A monthly paper that was published from 1976-1980 on women's issues in Houston. Look especially at the daily issues that were published during the NWC on November 18, 19, and 20, 1977.
How Did the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977 Shape a Feminist Agenda for the Future?
This is a document project (a collection of primary source documents with annotations and explanations) from Women and Social Movements in the United States, a collection of primary source documents that the library subscribes to.
Scholarship about the NWC and other areas pertinent to your subject
Start with some of these books and then branch out as needed to explore topics that are relevant to your subject:
Big Sister: Feminism, Conservatism, and Conspiracy in the Heartland by
Publication Date: 2018
The mid-Seventies represented a watershed era for feminism. A historic National Women's Conference convened in Houston in 1977. Conservative women in the Midwest, however, saw an event like the International Year of the Woman not as a celebration, but as part of a conspiracy that would lead to radicalism and one-world government. Focusing on Indiana, Kempker views this phenomenon within the larger history of right-wing fears of subversion during the Cold War.