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Guide to the Priscilla Tremper Leith Papers, 1974-1988

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Leith, Priscilla Marie Tremper, 1935-
Title: Priscilla Tremper Leith Papers
Dates: 1974-1988
Quantity: 2.4 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports and other materials relating primarily to Leith’s work with the National Organization for Women.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, reports, research material

Biographical Note

Priscilla Marie Tremper Leith, born 1935, graduated from Vassar College in 1956 with a mathematics major and went on to do graduate work in business at Babson College. Leith has worked as an accountant, tax preparer, and journalist, publishing 200 articles between 1975 and 1978. Addtionally, Leith held public office in Ward 4 of the Democratic Committee of Newton, Massachusetts from 1980 to 1982. She became a member of the National Organization for Women soon after it was founded, and held leadership positions in Massachusetts NOW chapters.


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and other papers from NOW actions, meetings, and initiatives. Of particular interest are materials relating to the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment, Walter Mondale’s 1984 Presidential campaign and the 1978 re-election campaign of Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke. The collection includes letters from several notable politicians and activists, including Katherine Graham, Edward Kennedy, Robert Drinan, Edward Brooke, Thomas "Tip" O’Neill, as well as NOW Presidents Eleanor Smeal and Judy Goldsmith.



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


Subject Headings


  • Brooke, Edward William, 1919-


  • National Organization for Women


  • Equal rights amendments
  • Sex discrimination--Law and legislation--Massachusetts
  • Feminists--United States
  • Women in politics
  • Women's rights

Separated Materials

Some materials in the original Leith accession were added to the Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights Collection


Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, March 2008


Preferred Citation

Priscilla Tremper Leith Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Jared Berenholz, November 2007

Acquisition Information

Gift of Priscilla Tremper Leith, 2004.


Series List

Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Conference Materials

Series III. Massachusetts NOW Bylaws

Series IV. ERA Materials

Series V. Campaign Materials

Series VI. Massachusetts NOW State Council

Series VII. Economic Justice Committee

Series VIII. Miscellaneous

Container List

SERIES I. Correspondence

Folder 1.1 Personal and Professional
Folder 1.2 Official NOW Correspondence
Folder 1.3 From Priscilla Leith

SERIES II. Conference Materials

Folder 1.4 1975 National Conference
Folder 1.5 1975 National Conference
Folders 1.6-1.7 1978 National Conference
Folders 1.8-1.9 1979 National Conference
Folder 1.10 1981 National Conference
Folder 1.11 1982 National Conference
Folders 1.12-1.13 1983 National Conference
Folder 1.14 1984 National Conference
Folder 1.15 1985 National Conference
Folder 1.16 1985 National Conference
Folder 1.17 Northeast Regional Conference, June 1977
Folder 1.18 Northeast Regional Conference, June 1979
Folder 1.19 Northeast Regional Conference, June 1980
Folder 1.20 Northeast Regional Conference, April 1986
Folder 1.21 Northeast Regional Conference, April 1988
Folder 1.22 Massachusetts NOW Conference, October 1985
Folder 1.23 San Antonio Conference, 1980
Folder 1.24 Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Conference, 1984
Folder 1.25 Rhode Island Regional Meeting, Fall 1976
Folder 1.25 Kansas City Bylaws Conference, 1976

SERIES III. Massachusetts NOW Bylaws

Folders 1.26-1.30 Massachusetts NOW Bylaws

SERIES IV. ERA Materials

Folder 1.31 ERA Notebooks, 1979-1981
Folder 1.32 AAVC and ERA, 1980
Folders 1.33-1.34 North Carolina ERA Ratification, 1982
Folder 1.35 ERA Boycott Resolution/Newton Board of Aldermen, 1978-1980
Folder 1.36 Illinois ERA Campaign, 1979
Folder 1.37 News Clippings/Mormon Opposition, 1979-1980
Folder 1.38 ERA Materials, 1979-1980
Folder 2.1 National Outreach Campaign Kit, 1980
Folder 2.2 ERA Materials, 1981-1982
Folder 2.3 ERA Background Information, 1980
Folder 2.4 ERA Extension Campaign, 1978
Folder 2.5 ERA Campaign, 1979
Folder 2.6 ERA Extension Resolution, 1978

SERIES V. Campaign Materials

Folder 2.7 Brooke, 1978
Folder 2.8 Mondale, 1984
Folder 2.9 NOW Equality PAC, 1984

SERIES VI. Massachusetts NOW State Council

Folder 2.10 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1986
Folders 2.11-2.13 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1978-1980
Folder 2.14 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1984-1985
Folder 2.15 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1983-1984
Folder 2.16-2.19 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1983-1986
Folder 2.20 Massachusetts NOW State Council, 1987-1988
Folder 2.21 Lexington Area NOW, 1987
Folder 2.22 Lexington Area NOW, 1986-1988
Folders 2.23-2.25 Lexington Area NOW, 1977-1983
Folder 2.26 Massachusetts NOW, 1980-1981
Folder 2.27 State Council Papers, 1986-1988
Folder 2.28 State Council Papers, Fall 1986
Folder 2.29 State Council, 24 Apr 1988
Folders 2.30-2.31 State Council, May 1980 - Jan 1982

SERIES VII. Economic Justice Committee

Folder 3.1 Economic Justice Committee, 1979-1980
Folder 3.2 Economic Justice Committee, 1980-1982

SERIES VIII. Miscellaneous

Box 3 Nametags (7 items)
Box 3 Guest Pass
Box 3 Bumper Stickers
Box 3 Photograph—Leith with Edward Kennedy
Box 3 ERA Pin
Box 3 Novelty Paper Clip
Box 3 Audio Tape (3 items)
Folder 4.1 NOW History/Socialist Workers' Party, 1977-1979
Folder 4.2 Media Materials, 1984-1986
Folder 4.3 Hussain Rape Case, 1981
Folder 4.4 Income and Insurance Materials, 1974
Folder 4.5 NOW Materials, 1978-1982
Folder 4.6 Calendars, 1981-1982
Folder 4.7 Leith's article on the ERA, Vassar Quarterly, 1982

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