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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Equal rights amendments -- Sources -- Virginia
  • Smith, Elizabeth
  • Women -- Political activity -- Virginia -- Richmond.
  • Women political activists -- Archives -- Virginia
  • Women's rights -- History -- 20th century -- Southern States

Container List

Series 1: Organizational records
1972-1996
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 1-2
    Agendas and meeting minutes
    1974-1991
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Bylaws
    1978-1982
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Coalition building
    circa 1975
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 5-6
    Correspondence
    1973-1996, undated
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Election law violation report - Larry Pratt, Virginia House of Delegates
    1977
  • Box-folder 1 folder: 8Box-folder 2 folder: 1
    Electoral activities
    1977-1978, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 2
    ERA Summit
    1994-1995
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 3
    Essay contest
    1983
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 4
    Essays and speeches
    1974-1987, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Events
    1974-1994, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 6
    Executive committee rosters
    1978-1986, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 7-8
    Finances
    1974-1989, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Forms and mailers
    1978-1994, undated
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 10
    Gala
    1981
  • Box-folder 2 folder: 11
    Informational flyers and pamphlets
    1974-1987, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Initiative planning
    1976-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 2
    Interfaith Task Force
    1979-1982
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Jean Hellmuth materials
    1981
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Jean Stapleton cassette tape
    undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 5
    Legislative strategies
    1978, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 6
    Legislator's kit
    1981, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 7
    Mailing lists
    1977, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 8
    Member and attendance lists
    1976-1980, undated
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 9
    Memoranda
    1976-1982, 1993
  • Box-folder 3 folder: 10
    Newsletters
    1973-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Notecards
    undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 2
    Notes
    1976-1996, undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 3
    Organizational overviews
    undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 4
    Photographs
    1978-1990, undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 5
    Prayer breakfast
    1978-1979
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 6
    Press releases
    1975-1993
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 7
    Ratification updates
    1974, 1992-1995
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 8
    Referendum materials
    1977, undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 9
    Research and Education Fund
    1982-1985
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 10
    Resolutions
    1975-1977, 1991
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 11
    Richmond area ERA YES campaign
    1975-1982
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 12
    Speakers' Bureau
    1976-1980, undated
  • Box-folder 4 folder: 13
    Steering committee
    1977-1978, undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 1
    Supporters' handbook
    circa 1983
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 2
    Supporters of ERA lists
    1981, undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 3
    Training materials
    1976, undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 4
    Vigil preparations
    1978-1979
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 5
    Vigils
    1979-1995, 2001 undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 6-7
    Virginia legislature
    1974-1994, undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 8
    Virginia State Library records transfer
    1982, undated
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 9
    Volunteers
    1977, undated
Series 2: Pro-ERA Organizations
1971-2002
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 10
    American Association of University Women
    1974-1979
  • Box-folder 5 folder: 11
    American Civil Liberties Union
    1975-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Association of American Colleges
    1972-1974
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 2
    Bar Associations
    1982, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Business and Professional Women's Clubs
    undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 4
    California Commission on the Status of Women
    1975
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 5
    Catholics Act for ERA
    1976-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 6
    Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women
    1966-1976, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 7
    Common Cause of Virginia
    1977, 1986
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 8
    Congressional Union
    1980, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 9
    Democratic National Committee
    1976-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 6 folder: 10-11Box-folder 7 folder: 1
    ERAmerica
    1976-1981
  • Box-folder 7 folder: 2
    Homemakers' Equal Rights Association
    1975-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 7 folder: 3
    Institute for Studies in Equality Equal Rights Monitor
    1976-1977
  • Box-folder 7 folder: 4-5
    International Women's Year
    1976-1991, undated
  • Box-folder 7 folder: 6
    League of Women Voters
    1972-1978
  • Box-folder 7 folder: 7
    League of Women Voters of Virginia and local chapters
    1975-1984
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 1
    National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
    1976-1977, undated
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 2-3
    National Organization for Women
    1971-1992, undated
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 4
    National Organization for Women - Richmond
    1976-1990
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 5
    National Organization for Women - Virginia
    1974-1987
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 6
    National Women's Party
    1978-2002, undated
  • Box-folder 8 folder: 7
    National Women's Political Caucus
    1979-1990
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 1
    National Women's Political Caucus of Virginia
    1981-1993
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 2
    Religious Committee for ERA
    1975-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 3
    Republican National Committee
    undated
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 4
    Reston ERA Coalition
    1981-1982
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 5
    Richmond Committee on the Concerns for Women
    1979-1985
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 6
    Richmond Council of Women's Organizations
    1976
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 7
    United Methodist Church
    1978, undated
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 8- 10
    United States Commission on Civil Rights
    1975-1985
  • Box-folder 9 folder: 11
    University of Virginia Institute of Government
    1974-1984
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 1
    Virginia Council of Churches
    1981-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 2
    Virginia Education Association
    1980-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 3
    Virginia ERA Ratification Project
    1981
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 4
    Virginia Women Attorneys Association
    1981-1986
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 5
    Virgina Women's Meeting
    1977
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 6
    Virginians for the Equal Rights Amendment Political Action Committee
    1977-1979, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 7
    Women and the Constitution Institute
    1987
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 8
    Women's Action Alliance
    1978-1979, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 9
    Women's Bureau
    1980-1984
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 10
    Women's Center of Richmond
    1974, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 11
    Women's Equity Action League
    1976-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 12
    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    1972-1989, undated
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 13
    Women's Round Table
    1979-1989
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 14
    Young Women's Christian Association
    1978-1989, undated
Series 3: Subject Files
1970-1996
  • Box-folder 10 folder: 15
    Abortion
    1976-1987
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 1-2
    Anti-ERA flyers and pamphlets
    1972-1982
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 3
    Anti-ERA rebuttal information
    1977-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 4
    Background information on the ERA
    1973-1992, undated
  • Box-folder 20
    Buttons, bracelet, and bear ornament
    undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 5
    Christian denominations
    1975-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 6
    Credit access
    1975-1980
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 7
    Education
    1974-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 8
    Equal Employment
    1972-1989, undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 9
    Essays and speeches
    1972-1987, undated
  • Box-folder 11 folder: 10
    Extension and rescission of ratification
    1973-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 12 folder: 1
    Family
    1975-1986, undated
  • Box-folder 12 folder: 2-4
    Informational flyers and pamphlets
    1975-1989, undated
  • Box-folder 12 folder: 5
    Informational flyers and pamphlets - Virginia
    1976-1985, undated
  • Box-folder 12 folder: 6
    Labor
    1976-1983
  • Box-folder 12 folder: 7
    Language
    1976, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 1
    Lobbying
    1977-1981
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 2
    Military draft
    1970-1981, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 3
    Music and religious services
    1978-1988, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 4
    Pay Equity
    1981-1987, undated
  • Box-folder 19
    Pennant, sashes, and textiles
    undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 5
    Phyllis Schlafly Report
    1973-1981
  • Box-folder 18 folder: 7
    Posters
    1975-2002, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 6
    Property rights, marriage, and divorce
    1978-1982, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 7
    Resource bibliographies and lists
    1973, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 8
    Retirement
    undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 9
    Sexual assault and domestic violence
    1977-1985
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 10
    Socialism
    1978-1979, undated
  • Box-folder 13 folder: 11-12
    State materials on ERA
    1972-1995
  • Box-folder 14 folder: 1
    Unitarian Universalism
    1976-1985
  • Box-folder 14 folder: 2
    United States Congress
    1976-1990, undated
  • Box-folder 14 folder: 3-6Box-folder 15 folder: 1
    Virginia legislature
    1976-1983, undated
  • Box-folder 15 folder: 2
    Virginia legislature - ERA Task Force
    1974
  • Box-folder 15 folder: 3
    Virginia Military Institute case
    1973-1996, undated
  • Box-folder 15 folder: 4
    Virginia State Board of Elections
    1979, undated
Series 4: Clippings
1971-1996
  • Box-folder 15 folder: 5
    Articles
    1976-1990
  • Box-folder 15:6-7, boxes 16-18: all folders
    Newspaper clippings
    1971-1996, undated