A Guide to the Elizabeth Smith collection of Virginia ERA Ratification Council records, 1970-2002 Smith, Elizabeth collection of Virginia ERA Ratification Council records M 425

A Guide to the Elizabeth Smith collection of Virginia ERA Ratification Council records, 1970-2002

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection number M 425


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Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Collection number
M 425
Title
Elizabeth Smith collection of Virginia ERA Ratification Council records, 1970-2002
Extent
8.42 linear feet
Collector
Smith, Elizabeth
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Smith collection of Virginia ERA Ratification Council records, 1970-2002, Collection # M 425, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elizabeth Smith in 2009.

Biographical / Historical Information

Elizabeth Smith served as executive director the Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council, and she continued to collect materials pertaining to the amendment throughout her time with the Council and in the years following.

The Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council was a coalition of multiple Virginia organizations brought together by the shared goal of advocating for the ratification of the amendment by Virginia's legislature. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." It was approved by the House of Representatives and the US Senate, and then submitted to the states for ratification in 1972. As of October 2018, the Virginia legislature has yet to ratify the ERA.

Content Description

This collection consists of materials acquired by Elizabeth Smith and includes a large quantity of materials created by or concerning the Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council. Also included within this collection are items from a number of other organizations such as the National Organization for Women (NOW), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Homemakers for the ERA (HERA), the National Women's Party (NWP) and many other pro-ERA organizations of the time. The collection also holds materials documenting the anti-ERA voice of the same era. Materials found in the collection include reports, correspondence, minutes, agendas, printed materials, educational materials, lobbying materials, event ephemera, speeches, and a substantial quantity of clippings. The collection's contents illuminate the efforts of the Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council and other organizations to advocate for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment during the latter decades of the twentieth century.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in four series: Series 1: Organizational records, 1972-1996; Series 2: Pro-ERA Organizations, 1971-2002; Series 3: Subject Files, 1970-1996; Series 4: Clippings, 1971-1996.

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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Container List

Series 1: Organizational records
1972-1996
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Series 2: Pro-ERA Organizations
1971-2002
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Series 3: Subject Files
1970-1996
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Series 4: Clippings
1971-1996
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