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Patricia Chalfant Women's Rights Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SC 0240

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Scope and Content

The Patricia Chalfant Women’s Rights Collection, 1968-1978, is comprised of publications, ephemera, and conference material documenting second-wave feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Key subjects include the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and various organized marches including the July 9, 1978 March for the Equal Rights Amendment in Washington, D.C.

Series 1: Publications, 1968-1978, comprises the bulk of the collection and includes newsletters, pamphlets, booklets and short published works on the topics of women’s liberation, Title IX, the Equal Rights Amendment, and related feminist subjects.

Series 2: Conferences and Events, 1975-1978, documents national conferences, marches, and related women’s rights events presumably attended by Patricia Chalfant. Materials from the 1975 (Philadelphia), 1977 (Detroit), and 1978 (Washington, D.C.) National Organization for Women national conferences are included. These materials include information on conference registration, program and lecture schedules, committees, election ballots, members, and getting around in the host city. Three folders of materials document the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas. Newspaper clippings, information on conference programming and schedules, and member and delegate information provide additional context for this significant moment in the struggle for equal rights. Of particular interest are posters for a November 5, 1977 ERA rally and reception in Alexandria, Virginia. The event featured NOW President Eleanor Smeal and actresses Esther Rolle and Lily Tomlin. The oversize poster is signed by Lily Tomlin. Photographs are also included that document the 1978 ERA March on Washington.

Series 3: Ephemera, 1974-1978, includes blank postcards and note cards with feminist imagery, applied embroidery patterns for logos and feminist symbols, a broadside printed by Helaine Victoria Press, posters, ERA related stickers and sashes, and other miscellaneous items. Two oversize posters designed by feminist artist Judy Chicago are included.

Series 4: Oversize, 1975-1978, consists of one oversize flat file. The Oversize series consists of materials that have been physically removed from their intellectual arrangement due to their common size. The items in this series have been described in the previous series descriptions and as such, the Oversize series functions only as a container list.

Dates

  • 1968-1978

Creator

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Bio/Historical Information

Patricia Jeanne Chalfant was born December 1, 1941 to Charles E. “Chap” Chalfant and Betty Hunter Chalfant of Christiana, Pennsylvania. She was a 1959 graduate of Octorara High School in Atglen, Pennsylvania and a 1962 graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Chalfant continued her education by earning master’s degrees from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also attained her Juris Doctor from the Delaware Law School in 1985. Chalfant served as an attorney for the United States Navy and as Associate Council for the Defence National Stockpile. She was regarded by colleagues as being politically active and an advocate for women’s rights. She was an active member of the National Organization for Women and served as the president of the Wilmington, Delaware chapter of NOW. Chalfant died December 7, 2006 and is interred at Glen Run Cemetery in Atglen, Pennsylvania.

Extent

1.65 Cubic Feet (3 boxes, 1 flat folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Patricia Chalfant Women’s Rights Collection, 1968-1978, is comprised of publications, ephemera, and conference material documenting second-wave feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Key subjects include the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and various organized marches including the July 9, 1978 March for the Equal Rights Amendment in Washington, D.C.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series. All series are arranged chronologically.

  1. Publications, 1968-1978
  2. Conferences and Events, 1975-1978
  3. Ephemera, 1974-1978
  4. Oversize, 1975-1978

Provenance

This collection was orphaned in Reba Leiding’s office in Carrier Library and she transferred the materials to Special Collections upon her retirement. The name Patricia Chalfant can be found on much of the materials, but no further information is known about the creator’s connection to JMU or the collection’s provenance. A collection inventory created by JMU student Emily Noonan was found in the box of Chalfant’s materials. This document confirms that the material has been in the custody of JMU since at least 2006.

Acquisition Information

Received on December 12, 2015 from Reba Leiding, former librarian at JMU.

Bibliography

  • Obituary for Patricia Jeanne Chalfant, Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), December 11, 2006.

Processing Information

All publications are individually foldered with the exception of multi-issue serials which are foldered together by title. Materials related to conferences and events were removed from their original folders or binders and foldered by event.

Title
A Guide to the Patricia Chalfant Women's Rights Collection, 1968-1978
Status
Completed
Author
Tiffany Cole
Date
May 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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