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Guide to the United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs WAG.057

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Laurie B. Green, 1987, and Jennifer Steenshorne, 2006

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 28, 2013
Description is in English.

 Finding aid written by Laurie B. Green, 1987, and Jennifer Steenshorne, 2006, updated to include materials reincorporated from the United Women Firefighters Photographs (NP 140) by Hanan Ohayon  , July 10, 2013.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Berkman, Brenda
Creator: United Women Firefighters.
Title: United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1957-2011
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1979-1993
Abstract: The United Women Firefighters (UWF) was founded in 1982 as a support organization for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department. The New York City Fire Department began accepting applications from women for the position of firefighter in 1977, but did not hire any women until after Brenda Berkman successfully sued the City of New York on behalf of herself and other women who had passed the written examination, questioning the validity of the physical exam. The UWF was founded to deal with the occupational and sexual discrimination and the sexual harassment women firefighters faced. These records cover Brenda Berkman's career, legal cases (Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al.; Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al., Appeal; and Brenda Berkman v. City of New York, Carlos Rivera, & Selig Ginsberg), and the founding and development of the United Women Firefighters of New York City and the related national support group, Women in Fire Service (WFS, alternately known as Women in Fire Suppression). The collection contains scrapbook material, personal correspondence, legal documents, organizational files, subject files, clippings, photographs, videos and memorabilia.
Quantity: 15.0 linear feet in 14 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes and one folder.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.057