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Guide to the National Organization for Women, New York City Chapter (NOW-NYC) Records TAM.106

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Sarah Griffin in 1997. Series XIII added by Rachel Schimke in 2012. Edited by Bonnie Gordon for DACS compliancy and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials in March 2014.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 18, 2022
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect incorporation of 2016 accession. Edited by Amy C. Vo for compliance with ACM Required Elements for Archival Description. Edited by Weatherly Stephan to note missing materials in Series XI. Updated by Rachel Mahre to state some audiovisual materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons. Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of some audiovisual materials. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for additional administration information and the incorporation of archived websites.  , September 2016 , June 2019 , November 2019 , May 2021 , January 2022 , May 2022

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Some recordings from Series XI: Radio Recordings, Symposiums and Conferences are missing as of October 2019, and are therefore not available to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by NOW-NYC, with the exception of copyright for materials in Series VIII, VIV, X, XI, and XII, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

To the extent that they own copyright, NOW-NYC have transferred the copyright of the materials in Series VIII, VIV, X, XI, and XII to New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives. Please contact, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Records; TAM 106; box number; folder number, or electronic record identifier; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

To cite the archived website in this collection: Identification of item, date; National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Records; TAM 106; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Newsletters and newspapers have been removed from the collection and housed in the Tamiment Library's serials collection. They fall into the following categories: National NOW newsletters; NOW Regional newsletters (East, West, etc.); NOW--New York State newsletters; Local chapters of NOW (excluding NOW New York Chapter); NOW New York Chapter newsletters; NOW New York Chapter committee newsletters.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by NOW-NYC, 1978, 1981-1993, 2008, 2012, and 2018. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1981.007, 1981.008, 1981.010, 2008.062, 2012.069, and 2018.019.

Materials found in the repository were added to the collection in 2014. The accession number associated with these materials is 2014.054.

In 2015, 2 additional boxes of photographs and artifacts found in repository were incorporated into the collection. The accession numbers associated with this material are NPA 2000.216, NPA 2000.232, and NPA 2001.023.

In 2017, materials were found in repository. These materials had been separated from the original collection during processing. Materials were reincorporated into the collection in 2017. The accession numbers associated with these materials are NPA 2000.208 and NPA 2000.209.

NOW-NYC sent an additional donation of legal briefs and executive board meetings minutes in 2016. The accession number associated with this gift is 2016.042. In 2018 the organization sent an additional 5 boxes of photographs, videos, and memorabilia. The accession number associated with this gift is 2018.019. was initially selected by curators and captured through the use of The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service in 2007 as part of the Other Left Activism Web Archive. In 2014, was added. In November 2015, these websites were migrated to Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website. In February 2022, 7 Google Documents related to the 2021 Manhattan District Attorney candidates were added to Archive-it to better capture these materials directly. The accession numbers associated with these websites are 2022.043.

Processing Information

Photographs, ephemera, artifacts, and audio had been removed from this collection during initial processing and established as the National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Photographs (PHOTOS 081) and the National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Oral History Collection (OH 044). Posters had been separated and integrated into the Tamiment/Wagner Poster Collection (GRAPHICS 002) in the subseries US56.2/Women/National Organization for Women. Additionally, audiovisual materials were separated and integrated with the library's film collection. In 2014, these materials were reincorporated into National Organization for Women: New York City Chapter Records (TAM 106). In 2014, the archived website was added as series XV. NOW's New York chapter's website was archived to the Internet Archive using the Archive-It service. Also in 2014, approximately 0.25 linear feet of materials discovered in the repository were added to the collection, mostly to Series VI.

In 2015, 2 boxes of photographs and negatives found in repository were incorporated into Series VIII: Photographs and Negatives. Artifacts and graphics found in repository in 2015 were added to Series IX: Artifacts, Ephemera, Graphics and Other Material.

Executive board meetings from a 2016 donation were incorporated into Series I: Administration, while legal briefs from the same donation were added as a new series, Series XIII: Legal Cases.

In 2018, 5 boxes of banners, videos, photos, and memorabilia were added to Series XIV: Unprocessed Materials as 2018 Accretion. These materials were originally loose in several boxes and have been moved into archival housing. Loose photos and documents were moved into folders by the archivist and given titles based on general topics. Born-digital records included in this accretion have been inventoried but not forensically imaged. These materials have not been arranged by an archivist.

New York University Libraries follows professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity of the content.

In 2022, additional websites were added and description for the archived websites was updated.

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information.

If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to

Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.